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Five takeaways from Pew’s massive study of American Jews

By Brad Hirschfield — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — What does the study tell us: What do they tell us that we didn't know before? What's worth acting on? More than what it says about who we are, what do we want to be?
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16 Jehovah’s Witnesses released from prison in Turkmenistan during Ramadan

By Adelle M. Banks — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — ‘These young men are excited to return home and once again help support their families and local communities,’ said a spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

With new ministry of catechist, Pope Francis widens role for lay Catholics

By Claire Giangravé — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — The latest motu proprio signals a continued, albeit timid, effort to answer a growing demand for agency from rank-and-file Catholics.

Don’t shoot at Jerusalem’s Palestinians. Talk to them.

By Daoud Kuttab — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — Instead of arresting Palestinian leaders, a more logical step would be to talk to them.

In India, Hindus fast in Ramadan for growth and solidarity with Muslim friends

By Bhavya Dore — May 11, 2021
MUMBAI (RNS) — 'It disciplines your body, makes you introspect and helps you build a habit,' said one Hindu who participates in Ramadan's fasting and reflection.

Study: Young Jews are moving to polar ends — secularism and Orthodoxy

By Yonat Shimron — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — By contrast, the number of Jews identifying as Reform and Conservative — the two largest branches of Jewish denominational life — has remained flat.

Saddleback ordains 3 women, leading to another Mother’s Day dust-up over women pastors

By Bob Smietana — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — The two largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention featured women preachers on Mother's Day, despite the convention's ban on women pastors.

Vatican cautions bishops on denying Communion to politicians who back abortion

By Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — The cleric argued it is 'misleading' to suggest abortion and euthanasia are 'the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest level of accountability on the part of Catholics.'

With Pope Francis’ blessing, Catholics pressed Biden White House to waive vaccine patents

By Claire Giangravé, Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — 'Pope Francis is very involved,' said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the directors of the Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission.

17 psychological groups call for greater protections of LGBTQ students at religious schools

By Yonat Shimron — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — The statement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 33 students or former students of federally funded Christian colleges and universities that allege widespread discrimination against LGBTQ students.

Violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque leads to rocket fire, air strikes between Hamas and Israel

By Michele Chabin — May 10, 2021
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Reports of 20 dead in Gaza, hundreds injured as skirmishes over Jewish-Arab land claims threaten to ignite regional violence in the Middle East.

Ramadan interfaith events go online for a second year

By Joseph Hammond — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — While in-person iftars have more 'electricity,' said one observer, online events generally have higher attendance than in-person events and attract more nationally known speakers.

Day by day: Musical ‘Godspell’ celebrates 50th anniversary

By Mark Kennedy — May 10, 2021
(AP) — "Godspell" was an off-Broadway hit in 1971. It was made into a 1973 movie and jumped to Broadway in 1976, nominated for best score at the Tony Awards and a Grammy winner.
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