Fiona André

Fiona André is an author at Religion News Service.

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Oklahoma Christian leaders seek to join suit opposing state-funded Catholic school

By Fiona André — November 22, 2023
(RNS) — St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School could become the country’s first publicly funded religious charter school.

Manhattan’s Middle Collegiate Church begins façade demolition

By Fiona André — November 20, 2023
(RNS) — The congregation is already working on architectural plans with an expected cost of between $30 - $40 million.

American evangelicals interpret Israel-Hamas War as a prelude to End Times

By Fiona André — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — Armed conflicts involving Israel are often associated with End Times’ battles by American evangelicals, as many believe the Jewish state will play a role in fulfilling the biblical prophecy. 

Jerusalem’s church leaders call for sober Christmas in Holy Land as war rages

By Fiona André — November 10, 2023
(RNS) — Leaders of Jordan’s Council of Churches issued a similar statement on Nov. 5, calling for the cancellation of Christmas celebrations in the kingdom.

American Baptist Churches USA to be led by Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain

By Fiona André — November 7, 2023
(RNS) — ABCUSA’s new leader stands out, as only 13% of ABCUSA churches are pastored by women, and 86% of women in Baptist churches still report facing obstacles in their ministry because of their gender.

Protesters occupy New York’s Grand Central to demand cease-fire in Gaza

By Fiona André — October 28, 2023
New York (RNS) — The event was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Zionist organization created in 1996 that also occupied Congress a week ago, asking for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Poll: More religious Americans support the use of political violence

By Fiona André — October 25, 2023
(RNS) — One-third of white evangelical Protestants support the idea, significantly more than any other religious group.

Belly dancers, terrorists or taxi drivers: Arab American comedians spoof stereotypes

By Fiona André — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — The Arab American Comedy Festival is launching a 10-month tour as the event turns 20.

Another Washington-area mosque receives threatening call

By Fiona André — September 1, 2023
(RNS) — The call came two weeks after another mosque in the Washington region was targeted by a false bomb threat.

As New York’s migrant crisis grinds on, some faith-based organizations go it alone

By Fiona André — August 30, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — Confronted with an unprecedented migrant crisis, the city’s government has relied on faith-based organizations operating inside and out of a city-funded faith-based shelter program.

Federal judge denies religious parents’ request to opt kids out of LGBTQ+ lessons

By Fiona André — August 25, 2023
(RNS) — The year-long battle between MCPS and the families is not over yet, as the judge still needs to hear the full case before making a final decision.

East Palestine church organizes fundraising to equip residents with air purifiers

By Fiona André — August 23, 2023
(RNS) — After the train derailment, some residents reported suffering from respiratory illnesses, nosebleeds, eye infections and rashes.

Baylor University wins exemption from Title IX’s sexual harassment provisions

By Fiona André — August 14, 2023
(RNS) — The private Baptist school argued discrimination complaints made by LGBTQ students were ‘inconsistent’ with the university’s religious values.

Halal nail polish raises complex discussions among Muslim consumers

By Fiona André — August 11, 2023
(RNS) — The halal cosmetic market is growing rapidly, but many customers remain skeptical.

New AI app lets users ‘text with’ Jesus and other biblical figures

By Fiona André — August 7, 2023
(RNS) — The app replicates an instant messaging platform, allowing users to chat with ChatGPT impersonations of biblical figures, including the apostles, the prophets, Ruth, Job, Lot and more.
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