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CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'Faith communities are really good at doing this, walking with people through adversity until they get out the other side,' she said.

During Disability Pride, Religious institutions still behind on accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — The Americans with Disabilities Act was a watershed moment for civil rights law, yet religious entities remain exempt from ADA requirements.

White House announces new religious affairs leaders, first Muslim religious freedom ambassador

By Jack Jenkins, Kathryn Post, Joseph Hammond — July 30, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Biden will nominate Rashad Hussain, who served in other roles under the Obama administration, as his U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Brutal killing spotlights violence against women in Pakistan

By Kathy Gannon — July 30, 2021
ISLAMABAD (AP) — 'The epidemic of sexual crimes and violence against women in Pakistan is a silent epidemic. No one sees it. No one is talking about it.'

Who is behind The Pillar, the newsletter rocking the Catholic Church?

By Jack Jenkins — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Why is a Catholic Substack causing so much controversy?

AME Zion leader Staccato Powell removed as bishop after facing financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The Trial Committee recommended Bishop Staccato Powell be disrobed, meaning Bishop Staccato Powell would no longer be recognized as consecrated to the office of Bishop,’ read trial minutes.

State finds LA public school district kept millions of federal funds from Catholic schools

By Alejandra Molina — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Los Angeles Unified School District ‘has failed to provide equitable services to (archdiocesan) schools,’ state officials said in the report.

Can the LDS talk honestly about polygamy? A new book could help.

By Emily W. Jensen — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The unknowns about eternal polygamy are ‘answered with speculation and myths, creating undue fear and angst,’ says the author of a new book.

Sikh American soldiers continue to campaign for right to wear beard, turban

By Joseph Hammond — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — A memorial ceremony for a Sikh soldier on Thursday (July 29) at Arlington brings to the fore again the unequal religious accommodations extended to Sikhs across the military.

Three Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to six or more years in Russian prison for their faith

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Since 2017, 14 Jehovah’s Witnesses have been sentenced to six or more years of prison in Russia, where they are considered an extremist group.

Alta Fixsler, 2-year-old on life support, has a visa to come to US for treatment. Will UK court let her go?

By Avi Shafran — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The case, reduced to its essence, pits current medical opinion against Alta’s parents' Hasidic Jewish faith.

Pope Francis’ September visit to Slovakia is met with excitement despite COVID-19 concerns

By Claire Giangravé — July 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only vaccinated people will be able to attend events during Pope Francis’ visit to the European country, which has among the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union.
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