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Luis Andres Henao

Luis Andres Henao is an author at Religion News Service.

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Faith groups increasingly join fight against climate change

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — November 2, 2021
POINTE-AUX-CHENES, Louisiana (AP) — On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors’ south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will disappear. He points to the partly submerged stumps of oak trees killed by salt water on […]

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

By Luis Andres Henao, Mariam Fam, and Deepti Hajela — September 7, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — As young American Muslims grew up under the shadow of 9/11, they faced hostility and surveillance, mistrust and suspicion, questions about their Muslim faith and doubts over their Americanness.

For US teen Buddhist lama, it’s faith, school, football

By Luis Andres Henao — August 2, 2021
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Jalue Dorje, 14, has spent much of his life training to become a monk, memorizing sacred scriptures, practicing calligraphy and learning the teachings of Buddha.

COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — July 16, 2021
(AP) — The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll among Roman Catholic priests and nuns around the world, killing hundreds of them.

LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at ‘Beloved Arise’ group

By Luis Andres Henao — July 4, 2021
Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer while studying to become a missionary. The 23-year-old from Florida came out publicly last year and has found healing and a sense of community after joining […]

Jewish community prays for miracles after condo collapse

By Kelli Kennedy, Terry Spencer, and Luis Andres Henao — June 26, 2021
SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Numerous members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after the collapse of a seaside condominium tower in Surfside, Florida. The town is home to a large Jewish community, where the families often crowd the sidewalks before sunset as they walk to services for the Sabbath. Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, […]

NY Holocaust survivors celebrated at concert after isolation

By Luis Andres Henao — June 15, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — 'To be out once again is like reviving ourselves. To sit among our children and grandchildren is heartwarming,' said Dolly Rabinowitz, who lived through Auschwitz and the Death March.
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