(RNS) Unlike Christianity, Judaism and Islam, historically all led by men, or the philosophies of the East such as Buddhism where male scholars and monks dominate, folk religions are often practiced and led by women.
Articles tagged “China”
BEIJING (Reuters) The Karmapa is close to the Dalai Lama and after him is the most eminent Lama to have fled Chinese rule of Tibet, which Communist forces “peacefully liberated” in 1950.
BEIJING (Reuters) Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death. China says the tradition must continue and it must approve the next Dalai Lama.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “China will always safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity and it never allows foreign forces to interfere with religion,” an official with China’s state-run Catholic Patriotic Association responded to Pope Francis’ offer for engagement.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis said Asian governments should not fear Christians who did not want to “come as conquerors” — a message clearly targeted at countries including China, North Korea and Vietnam.
BEIJING (RNS) Even a routine message, like the greeting Pope Francis sent by telegram Thursday as his plane crossed over China, carries historic significance given the two sides’ often-fraught relationship.
(RNS) Catholics are a minority in South Korea, representing just over 10 percent of the population. But their numbers have doubled since 1990, and the pope wants to encourage them.
(RNS) Upcoming trips to Asia highlight Pope Francis’ push to globalize and reform a Catholic Church that is still very much centered on what happens in Rome.
LONDON (RNS) A new report says eight current and incoming member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council were among 24 countries to imprison believers and atheists in 2013 for violating local laws that restrict freedom of religion or belief.