WEEK IN RELIGION

The 500-year-old Church of England made history on Jan. 26 when it consecrated its first-ever female bishop before a crowd of more than 1,000 people.
Rev. Libby Lane became the eighth bishop of Stockport during a service held at York Minster. During the ceremony, led by Archbishop John Sentamu, one congregant voiced his disapproval of allowing women to serve as bishops.

Although the church has had female priests since 1994, it wasn’t until last November that it voted to allow for female bishops.
SURVEY SAYS

According to a new Pew Research Center poll, Pope Francis is a popular figure with people all over the world. The pope is seen favorably by 60 percent of respondents from 43 different countries. Only 11 percent of poll-takers have a negative view of the pope, while the remaining respondents, 28 percent, didn’t have an opinion either way. The pope’s highest rating comes from Europe, where 84 percent of poll participants had a positive view of him.
GOOD BOOK?

‘The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts’ by Joe Rigney

In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of holiness. Steering a middle course between idolatry on the one hand and ingratitude on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that every good gift comes from the Father’s hand, that God’s blessings should drive us to worship and generosity, and that a passion for God’s glory is as wide as the world.
— Crossway Books

THE WORD

Haredi: A Hebrew term (Haredim in the plural) that literally means “fear” or “anxiety” and is used in the context of a devout believer who “trembles in awe of God.” The label can be applied to strictly observant Orthodox Jews instead of the term ultra-Orthodox, but Haredi is not widely used outside of Israel and Jewish media outlets.
— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

• Orthodox: 16.2 percent
• Lutheran: 9.9 percent
• Other Christian: 2.2 percent
• Other: 0.9 percent
• None: 54.1 percent
• Unspecified: 16.7 percent
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