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Jewish pilgrims gather in Ukraine despite the perils of war

By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
(AP) — The pilgrims, many traveling from Israel and further afield, converged on the small city of Uman, the burial site of Nachman of Breslov, a respected Hasidic rabbi who died in 1810.

April trial set for man charged in synagogue massacre

By Associated Press — September 20, 2022
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The long-delayed capital murder trial of Robert Bowers in the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will begin in April, a federal judge has ruled.

Arson investigation after fire destroys historic LA church

By Associated Press — September 12, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are investigating a potential arson after a fire broke out early Sunday morning at the historic Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

Egypt demands Netflix, others adhere to ‘societal values’

By Associated Press — September 7, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — According to a statement from the Egyptian government on Wednesday, streaming services should comply with “societal principles and values of the country” they are streaming in.

Greek officials, Church, condemn ex-bishop’s remarks on rape

By Associated Press — September 6, 2022
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church and several politicians condemned retired bishop Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni for his "inconceivable" comments on rape and abuse victims.

Afghan mosque blast kills 18, including pro-Taliban cleric

By Associated Press — September 2, 2022
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A blast through a crowded mosque in western Afghanistan killed at least 18, including prominent cleric Mujib-ul Rahman Ansari, who was known for his criticism of the country's Western-backed governments.

Turkish pop star jailed over joke about religious schools

By Associated Press — August 26, 2022
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish singer and songwriter Gulsen was arrested on Thursday on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” for a joke she made at an Istanbul concert in April, sparking outrage on social media.

Montana Jewish Project buys Helena temple built in 1891

By Associated Press — August 26, 2022
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – In Helena, one of only four state capitals in the nation without a synagogue or Jewish Center, the Montana Jewish Project finally reached its goal of buying the historic Temple Emanu-El.

Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland dies at age 95

By Associated Press — August 23, 2022
(AP) – The liberal archbishop, who pushed for social justice and spoke openly about his struggles with being gay, has died at age 95, according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Demolition of shuttered church begins after long battle

By Associated Press — August 22, 2022
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Demolition of the 140-year-old St. Laurentius Church in Philadelphia has begun after years of efforts by some in the area to save the "heavily deteriorated" 19th century building.

Officials: Landslide at Shiite shrine in Iraq kills 8

By Associated Press — August 22, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi officials say a landslide collapsed the ceiling of a Shiite shrine near the holy city of Karbala, killing at least seven people.

Climate protesters target the Vatican’s Laocoon statue

By Associated Press — August 19, 2022
ROME (AP) — The protesters are demanding the Italian government increase its solar and wind power and stop exploring for natural gas and reopening old coal mines in Italy.

Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called “mission” during funeral

By Associated Press — August 12, 2022
GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke about Walorski’s work as a Christian missionary in Romania with her husband, as the director of a local humane society and as a television news reporter before entering politics.

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

By Associated Press — August 11, 2022
SYDNEY (AP) — The law allows for the swastika to be used in academic, historical or educational settings, thereby paving the way for its display by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for whom it holds religious significance.

Police break up Muslim gathering in Kashmir, dozens detained

By Associated Press — August 9, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Muharram is among the holiest months for Shiites across the world and includes large processions of mourners beating their chests while reciting elegies and chanting slogans to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein and 72 companions in the battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.
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