Luis Andres Henao

Luis Andres Henao is an author at Religion News Service.

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Nobel laureate and physicist Wilczek wins Templeton Prize

By Luis Andres Henao — May 11, 2022
(AP) — In a statement, the John Templeton Foundation praised the 70-year-old Wilczek for transforming “our understanding of the forces that govern our universe,”

Interfaith efforts strained by Israeli-Palestinian violence

By David Crary and Luis Andres Henao — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — The escalation of violence is dismaying American Muslims and Jews who've been working to build bridges between their communities.

US Sikh community traumatized by yet another mass shooting

By Casey Smith and Luis Andres Henao — April 21, 2021
(RNS)— The motive for last week's rampage is still unclear, but Sikh community leaders believe more must be done to combat the bigotry and violence they have suffered for decades.

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

By David Crary and Luis Andres Henao — March 16, 2021
(AP) — The Vatican's declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless.

Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience

By Luis Andres Henao, David Crary, and Mariam Fam — March 13, 2021
(AP) — The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, "has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID."

Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for Nepalese students

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — February 15, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — The United Sherpa Association launched the food program from scratch last April as the coronavirus was ravaging the borough and other parts of the city.

Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — February 9, 2021
(RNS) — What is the role of evangelical Christianity in America’s divisive politics?

Pandemic, loss unite 2 rural Missouri pastors around faith

By Jessie Wardarski, David Crary, and Luis Andres Henao — December 9, 2020
NOEL, Missouri (RNS) — While the pastors both want to keep parishioners safe, they are determined to carry on with in-person services as long as members of their congregations are eager to attend.

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — October 20, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 70 years had passed since last seeing her friend at an Austrian displaced persons camp. Then Ruth Brandspiegel heard a familiar name being called out in a Yom Kippur service held in late September via Zoom.

Nick Cannon apologizes to Jewish community for hurtful words

By Luis Andres Henao — July 16, 2020
(AP) — In a podcast episode that aired last month that prompted the TV host's firing by ViacomCBS, Cannon and a guest contended that Black people are the true Hebrews and Jews have usurped that identity.

Young priest loses mentor, then his father — both to virus

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — May 14, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — For the 32-year-old Rev. Joseph Dutan, the weeks of the pandemic have been a unique struggle.

2 Hispanic churches and too many tears: 100 COVID-19 deaths

By Luis Andres Henao and David Crary — May 13, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — Two churches, one Catholic, one Lutheran, have lost more than 100 members to the coronavirus and because of lockdown rules lack the ability to mourn together in person.

Women leaders condemn threat against Muslim candidate

By Luis Andres Henao — May 7, 2020
(AP) — Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of who is running for Congress, is the first Muslim woman to run for federal office from New Jersey.

A silent worship revival at an Episcopal church for the deaf

By Luis Andres Henao — December 27, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Music, sermons, prayers, even confessions make up much of the experience of a typical religious service. So, for the deaf, how does faith flourish in an environment that so revolves around sound?
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