Published on Sep 10, 2013
On a busy side street an hour from the center of Bogotá, Colombia, the Communidad Pantokrator meets every Saturday to rock out in the name of Jesus Christ.
We spent an enthralling evening in Pantakrator’s mosh pit of raw emotion and got a glimpse of how some cast-off rockers have found community and resurrection in the crashing symbols and sweet arpeggios of Christian metal.
Published on Aug 22, 2013
After being banned in French schools, religious symbols could now be banned in universities. France’s High Council for Integration is calling for students to remove their headscarves, skullcaps and crucifixes in a bid to reduce tensions that some say are compromising the country’s secular values. The Muslim community has seen the proposals as an attack on their religious freedom.
Published on Feb 17, 2013
The Unification Church, whose followers are often called Moonies after the group’s late founder, has held a mass wedding in South Korea, the first such group nuptials since Reverend Sun Myung Moon died last year. Some 3,500 couples from 70 nations tied the knot at the Korean wedding and an additional 12,000 couples from 149 countries were also said to be attending the ceremony via satellite links.
Oct 5, 2011
Religion researchers estimate that one third to one half of all marriages in the United States are between people of different faiths. Interfaith marriage can present a particular challenge for Jews, who are already inter-marrying at a higher rate than other faiths. As Jews prepare to observe Yom Kippur, their holiest day of the year, on October 8, our reporter went to an interfaith congregation in a suburb of Washington.
In the mid to late 18th century, missionary schools were opened on Native American reservations in the U.S. The goal was to convert young people to Christianity and immerse them in Western culture. Native languages and culture were discouraged. Over decades, many grew up knowing little about their culture or languages. VOA’s Jeff Swicord reports on one Tsimshian tribesman who has dedicated his life to keeping his native culture alive.