WEEK IN RELIGION
In an effort to highlight the European migrant crisis, Pope Francis invited three Syrian migrant families to return to Italy with him during his visit to the Greek Island of Lesbos on April 16. The Vatican has taken responsibility of the families and will give them asylum. The Pope is hoping that the gesture will urge European countries to open their borders for migrants.
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SURVEY SAYS
Most people, who identify themselves as Christian, believe taking advantage of borrowers through a payday loan is sinful. In a new survey, 77 percent of Christians say it’s sinful to lend money in a way that harms the borrower financially. They also describe payday loans as “expensive” (62 percent), “harmful” (37 percent) and “predatory” (33 percent)
—LifeWay Research

GOOD BOOK?
“The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary Jesus Spirituality for Everyone” by Thomas Moore
In his fresh and life-giving translation of the Gospels, beginning with the Book of Matthew, best-selling author and spiritual innovator Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a radically new way of imagining human life. He blends scholarship and pastoral guidance to highlight the Gospels’ teachings on earthly, rather than otherworldly, living in which community, compassion, inclusiveness, prayer and healing are key elements. He draws deeply from Greek philosophy, literature and spirituality to craft an accurate and challenging yet accessible translation that, free of religious moralism and dogmatism, is beautifully imaginative and inspirational.
— Skylight Paths Pub

THE WORD
Pantheist: A worshipper of all gods or one who believes that God and the universe are one.
— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious make up of Montenegro is:
— Orthodox: 72.1 percent
— Muslim: 19.1 percent
— Catholic: 3.4 percent
— Atheist: 1.2 percent
— Other: 1.5 percent
— Unspecified: 2.6 perent
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