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Religion news: Pope aims to expedite sex abuse rulings

Week in religion

Pope Francis announced earlier this month that he plans to speed up rulings on appeals by priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children or committing other serious offenses. The announcement addresses criticism the Vatican has received for moving too slowly in deciding the fate of the accused clergymen. The pope is setting up a seven-person panel to take a look at appeals that each the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Survey says

One in five Americans share their religious faith online every week, according to a recent Pew Research survey. That percentage is about on par with the percentage of respondents who said they regularly watch religious TV programs (23 percent), listened to religious talk radio (20 percent) or listened to Christian rock music (19 percent).

Good book?

“The Future of God,” by Deepak Chopra

God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love.

— Harmony

The word

Stupa: Burial mounds containing relics of the historical Buddha across the Indian subcontinent. Many were later developed into shrines or temple compounds.

— ReligionStylebook.com

Religion around the world

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Bermuda is:

- 46.1 percent Protestant

- 14.5 percent Roman Catholic

- 1.3 percent Jehovah’s Witness

- 9.1 percent other Christian

- 1 percent Muslim

- 3.9 percent other

- 17.8 percent none

- 6.2 percent unspecified

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Pope Francis, pictured in April 2014, organized the two-week summit of Catholic bishops in Rome.