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Israeli watchdog to investigate deadly festival stampede
(AP) — The tragedy brought renewed attention to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, where many have flouted coronavirus restrictions over the past year.
Vaccinated faithful throng Jerusalem church for Holy Fire
(RNS) — The scene at the church was a stark contrast to last year’s, when only a handful of religious leaders held the centuries-old ceremony in a near-empty setting enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Coroner says buried Amish teen had been strangled, stabbed
(AP) — Linda Stoltzfoos was last seen walking home from church in the Bird-in-Hand area on June 21, 2020.
Ousted Myanmar leader warned of possible army obstruction
(AP) — On Monday, those warnings proved prescient. The military detained Suu Kyi and other senior politicians and announced it was seizing control of the country for one year under a state of emergency.
Sheriff: Pastor dead, 2 hurt in shooting at Texas church
(AP) — Finding a man hiding in a church bathroom, the pastor drew a gun and ordered the man to stop, the sheriff said, but the man grabbed the weapon and began shooting with it.
Pope proclaims year of families, offers advice to keep peace
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis doubled down on one of his papal priorities and urged renewed attention to his controversial 2016 document on family life.
Arsonist who torched Black churches in Louisiana sentenced to 25 years
A would-be “black metal” musician burned down three Black Baptist churches to promote his career in 2019.
French police operations underway after beheading of teacher
PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher.
Apt Bible passage at Catholic Mass coincides with earthquake
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Scripture quite literally came to life for several Catholic churches in North Carolina as a rare earthquake rattled portions of the state over the weekend.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday.
China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism
BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims.
Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The kingdom said that only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the hajj.
Falwell apologizes for tweet that included racist photo
(AP) — ‘I understand that by tweeting an image to remind all of the governor’s racist past I actually refreshed the trauma that image had caused,’ said Falwell.
China says boy picked by Dalai Lama now a college graduate
BEIJING (AP) — A boy who disappeared 25 years ago after being picked by the Dalai Lama as Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest figure is now working at an undetermined job.
Pope backs migrant farm workers as Italy mulls legalization
(RNS) — While migrants are not testing positive in great numbers, their precarious, off-the-books work has dried up because of Italy’s coronavirus lockdown.