Tagged with health

NEWS: Pope Benedict XVI: Health Worries

The recent news that the Vatican’s traditional Midnight Mass is to have a temporal change, has raised concerns that Pope Benedict XVI may be suffering with poor health. The revised schedule for Christmas Eve will see the pope finish taking mass at midnight, rather than just beginning the service then. The Vatican has denied rumours … Continue reading

NEWS: H1N1 and the Hajj, Part Two

Last summer, Arab health ministers and the World Health Organization decided to ban certain groups of people from making the hajj pilgrimage this year because of fears the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as “swine flu,” would spread more quickly. (For the earlier Religion Compass Exchanges post, “H1N1 and the Hajj,” click here.) But Saudi … Continue reading

NEWS: Prophetess of Health reexamined

Ellen G. White (1827-1915), co-founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, is the subject of a four-day conference concluding Sunday, October 25, 2009, in Portland, Maine. The conference is part of a larger Ellen White Project that will culminate in a book manuscript submitted to Oxford University Press. Sixty-five prominent scholars of American religion—authors of book … Continue reading

NEWS: H1N1 and the Hajj

At a meeting in Cairo earlier this week, Arab health ministers and the World Health Organization decided to ban certain groups of people from making the hajj this year because of fears the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as “swine flu,” would spread more quickly. The hajj – an annual pilgrimage to the holy cities … Continue reading

Religion Compass July Issue – now available

The July issue of Religion Compass is now available here! This month, we’ve published our largest issue to date: 18 high-quality articles surveying the most recent literature in the field of religious studies! We are also delighted to announce the publication of our first video article: Changing Status in India’s Marginal Music Communities Zoe Sherinian … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and Mental Wellness

A recent enterprise has been launched to increase insight into the interplay between religion and mental wellness. The initiative, called the California Mental Health & Spirituality Initiative, challenges the traditional mistrust of religion among many in the mental health profession. Two conferences to be held in June 2009 will bring together religious leaders and mental … Continue reading

NEWS: Faith, the economy and the sick

According to a recent report by the National Secular Society [NSS], it costs the British taxpayer £40 million per annum to fund the on-call service of hospital chaplains. Although, the NSS does not oppose the use of chaplains, their objection is focused on the idea that such a service should be funded by the NHS. … Continue reading