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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, January 27 2017

In Cuba, Santeria practitioners look with hope to the new year. Progressive Christians take a look at some of the problematic narratives surrounding Mary. And finally both Jews and Muslims come together to fight prejudice. It's Faithful Friday, our news segment about faiths and religious communities from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Well 2017 be a better year than 2016? Many Americans aren't hopeful but some practitioners of Santería in Cuba are. Reuters discusses some local priests' divination for a year of prosperity.

We're accustomed to thinking Evangelical Christians are anti-science and deny global warming. And that's probably broadly true as an aggregate based on polls. But not everyone fits that model. The Guardian takes a look at one Evangelical woman who's trying to change her peers' view of climate change.

After Jesus and God the Father, Mary is probably the most venerated figure in Christianity. But who was the real Mary? And what can we learn from her? At Patheos, Progressive Christian writer Nancy Rockwell writes about what she considers to be the misappropriation of Mary by many of her fellow Christians, often in subtly misogynistic ways.

When we talk about persecution of Muslims, we're usually talking about in the West. But Muslims also face a great deal of adversity in China, especially the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs. Muslim Matters explains the plight of the Uyghurs here.

In much of the Middle East, Muslims and Jews are often sadly enemies. But in the United States and the West, they often find one another to be allies. Religion News Service discusses the efforts of Muslims and Jews to unite against religious and ethnic discrimination.

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