Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is an author at Religion News Service.

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Pope admits ‘grave errors’ in Chile abuse case

April 11, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has admitted he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.

Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns, calls sexual accusations ‘flat-out lies’

April 11, 2018

(USA Today) — The founder of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago has been dogged in recent years by a series of investigations into claims of inappropriate behavior with female staffers and congregants.

More anti-Semitism, but less of it is violent, report says

April 11, 2018

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen in Europe since World War II.

Pope blames Catholic divisions on the devil

April 10, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — It was the second time in as many days that Francis has warned about the destructive work of the devil after making headlines recently by seeming to deny the existence of hell.

Thousands of historic Congregational documents to go online

April 9, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — With the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Congregational Library and Archives Hidden Histories project is locating, securing, and digitizing church records from 1630 to 1800 and putting them online for anyone to peruse for free.

Greek town ritually burned Judas as Orthodox celebrated Easter

April 9, 2018

ERMIONI, Greece (AP) — The tradition dates back centuries in some places. In the Greek town of Ermioni, it has been observed the past 25 years.

Ukrainian Orthodox switch allegiance from Moscow to Kiev-linked churches

April 4, 2018

KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) — The church’s ties with Moscow, which date back to the 17th century when Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire, started to cause problems in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.

Mother allegedly used stun gun to wake son for church

April 4, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Police arrested 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins on suspicion of child abuse after her 17-year-old son alerted authorities.

Don’t domesticate MLK

March 30, 2018

(RNS) — Whenever we remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., some people inevitably pull out a piece of sandpaper and try to smooth the sharp edges of the great civil rights prophet.

Charlottesville mayor says social media fed hatred and violence at 2017 rally

March 30, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Mike Signer, the former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., began receiving anti-Semitic messages in early 2017, when, for the first time, he started to speak publicly about being Jewish.

‘Ignorance’ feeds anti-Semitism in the Arab world

March 27, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — How to deal with the problem was the challenge posed at a conference in Jerusalem.

Pakistani court ruling aims to publicly identify all religious minorities

March 27, 2018

LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) – The high court ruling in this majority-Muslim nation has spread fear among Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other religious minorities already under pressure in the South Asian nation.

‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity

March 27, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A network of progressive churches in the United States, inspired by the success of the movie ‘Black Panther,’ has joined with over 100 Kenyan church leaders in a march to promote a global movement on Pan-African peace, power and prosperity.

Streets deserted, airport closes for Bali’s Day of Silence

March 17, 2018

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Aside from no Facebook, Instagram or instant messaging apps, television and radio broadcasts cease and Balinese stay indoors, covering the windows and not even turning on a light, for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism.

German interior minister questions Islam’s place in country

March 16, 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Friday’s Bild newspaper that ‘Germany is characterized by Christianity. … My message is Muslims must live with us, not parallel to or against us.’

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