Luis Andres Henao

Luis Andres Henao is an author at Religion News Service.

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Native American group to digitize 20,000 archival pages linked to Quaker-run Indian boarding schools

By Luis Andres Henao — August 24, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, documents related to Quaker-operated Indian boarding schools have been largely unstudied, as they exist in remote and dispersed collections with limited access.

Adidas is donating Yeezy sales to anti-hate groups. US Jews say it’s making best of bad situation

By Luis Andres Henao, Mariam Fam, and Tiffany Stanley — August 3, 2023
(AP) —Adidas is releasing more Yeezy sneakers this week via an online sale, the second such drop since the company cut ties with Ye in October after he made antisemitic and other offensive statements online and in interviews.

Meet the LGBTQ activist who challenged his Caribbean country’s anti-sodomy law and won

By Luis Andres Henao — June 12, 2023
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Such laws used to be common in former European colonies across the Caribbean but have been challenged in recent years.

The end of an era for the Sisters of Charity of New York

By Luis Andres Henao — May 9, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — They will no longer accept new members, and are now on a 'path to completion.'

Qatar offers World Cup visitors an introduction to Islam

By Luis Andres Henao — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to Qatar during the World Cup. For many it's their first visit to a Muslim country.

Lyft drivers spread the Gospel with ride-hailing ministries

By Luis Andres Henao — November 22, 2022
(AP) — Lyft’s guidelines do not expressly prohibit evangelism nor conversations about religion, and evangelism experts say ride-hailing can be conducive to talking about faith.

US houses of worship increase security after shootings

By Luis Andres Henao and Deepa Bharath — July 19, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Past attacks on houses of worship and other public spaces have prompted faith leaders to evaluate — sometimes for the first time — if there is more that can be done to keep their flocks safe.

LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

By Luis Andres Henao — June 27, 2022
(AP) — 'I want to show that these identities aren’t a contradiction and for younger people to know that there’s hope,' said Hodak, who in addition to Beloved Arise belongs to another group, Jewish Queer Youth.

Holy days converging in April spark interfaith celebrations

By Luis Andres Henao — April 18, 2022
(AP) — In addition to Passover, Easter and Ramadan, holy days occurring in April this year include the Sikhs' and Hindus' Vaisakhi, the Jains' Mahavir Jayanti, the Baha’i festival of Ridvan, and the Theravada Buddhist New Year.

Across US, faith groups mobilize to aid Ukrainian refugees

By Luis Andres Henao and Deepa Bharath — April 5, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Southern California, pastors and lay individuals are stationing themselves at the Mexico border waving Ukrainian flags and offering food, water and prayer.

Ukrainian spiritual and diplomatic leaders urge aid, weapons

By Luis Andres Henao — March 16, 2022
(AP) — “What good is it if you feed the stomachs of these children, these women, these people in cities, if their brains are going to be blown out, if their apartment buildings are going to be rendered into rubble?” said the Most Rev. Borys Gudziak.

Yeshiva University basketball team ends unforgettable era

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — March 10, 2022
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — In the locker room after the game, some players — and even their usually stoic coach — choked back tears.

Priest’s new assignment: Helping those he invalidly baptized

By Jacques Billeaud and Luis Andres Henao — February 26, 2022
PHOENIX (AP) —Church officials estimate Rev. Andrés Arango performed thousands of baptisms that are now presumed invalid and said those affected now need valid baptisms.

Enrollment in US Catholic schools rebounds after sharp drop

By Luis Andres Henao — February 15, 2022
(AP) — This is the first increase in two decades and the largest jump in at least five decades.

Faith in the metaverse: A VR quest for community, fellowship

By Luis Andres Henao — January 31, 2022
(AP) — Many Americans — some traditionally religious, some religiously unaffiliated — are increasingly communing spiritually through virtual reality, one of the many evolving spaces in the metaverse that have grown in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.
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