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Ahmadi Muslims inaugurate new mosque on site of historic ‘prayer duel’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — In a town built as a 'city of God,' the new Fath-e-Azeem Mosque sits within a block of two churches and a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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How the great Muslim poet Rumi is helping today’s displaced youth find themselves

By Michael Wolfe and Sumreena Hussain — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Some of Rumi’s best-known poems speak about uprootedness and the desire to relocate. Now they are helping refugee and US Muslim youth adjust.

Cecile Holmes, longtime religion reporter, dies at 67

By Yonat Shimron — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — A veteran religion reporter, editor, journalism professor and interfaith champion, she died in Columbia, South Carolina, Thursday (Sept. 29), after an illness.

Witnesses in Vatican mega trial paint bleak picture of how Secretariat managed funds

By Claire Giangravé — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — As witnesses testify in the Vatican financial trial, they painted an unflattering picture of the fund management by the Secretariat of State.

Young Colombian activist brings light to the displaced communities

By Magdalena Rojo — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Jenifer Colpas Fernández had to leave her native Colombia to recognize its problems — and to see that there were solutions.

Third-party report details ACNA leaders’ inaction on sexual abuse allegations

By Kathryn Post — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Released online late Tuesday, the report follows a monthslong investigation that was contentious from the start.

Remembering Brother Andrew, a fearless smuggler of Bibles

By David Curry — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — He could not stand silent, knowing people were persecuted for their faith.

Nonreligious women of color convene to talk Christian nationalism, reproductive rights

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It cannot all be focused on church and state separation. That’s not going to work for people of color, specifically women of color,’ said one organizer of the Women of Color Beyond Belief conference.

Dan Busby, longest-serving president of evangelical financial watchdog, dies at 81

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — Busby conducted hundreds of on-site compliance reviews of churches and other ministries aligned with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Following papal reforms, Vatican departments are ready to help local bishops

By Claire Giangravé — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — A key Vatican department puts itself at the service of local churches, modeling Pope Francis’ vision for the Roman Curia.

Black church leaders say public lands should better reflect African American history

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — The National Religious Partnership for the Environment has found a significant majority of them say Black history is not told adequately through national and local parks.

In sacred Brazil dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment

By David Biller — September 29, 2022
(AP) — Afro Brazilian religious groups see a public works project at the Abaete dunes as an attempt to Christianize yet another public space, part of evangelicals’ rising influence in the country’s halls of power.

For many Mormons who question, Faith Matters is a spiritual lifeline

By Jana Riess — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — With a podcast, a magazine, a publishing imprint and a major in-person gathering in Salt Lake City in October, the young Faith Matters organization is on the move.
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