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Pope Francis addressed an online symposium on sexual abuse. Photo by Vatican Media

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.

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Alexandre Tannous plays the singing bowls. Photo courtesy of Elyaou Bialobos

Joyful noise or meditative hum, sound resets the mind for faith

By Liz Kineke — March 22, 2021

(RNS) — Sound acts as a tether for the mind in the same way the breath or a mantra is used in other forms of meditation.

Prayers are held at the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in Eskdalemuir, Scotland, in April 2013. Photo by Iain Harper/Creative Commons

US Air Force pulls firing range near a Scottish Buddhist monastery

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2021

(RNS) — The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Europe’s oldest, largest Tibetan monastery and home to more than 60 monks and volunteers.

Alicia Jo Rabins, second from right, in a scene from “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.” Photo courtesy A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’: Jewish artist Alicia Jo Rabins turns financial crisis into spiritual film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2021

(RNS) — The one-women show turned film has been described as a ‘mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.’

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Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 9, 2021

(RNS) — Pilgrimage is about traveling, about being a stranger in a strange land, according to the director. The pandemic flips that on its head.

The Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education. Courtesy image

Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.

Recent vandalism at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. Photos via Facebook/Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

More than $60,000 raised for vandalized Los Angeles Buddhist temple

By Alejandra Molina — March 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — As of early March 2, more than $60,500 was raised for Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple through a GoFundMe page set up by the volunteer group Nikkei Progressives.

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In ‘The Salvage Crew,’ a Buddhist AI poet seeks aliens and enlightenment

By Bob Smietana — February 17, 2021

(RNS) — Yudhanjaya Wijeratne’s new novel was created with the help of an AI poet and a few computer programs — and explores his love of poetry and his Buddhist background.

In this April 11, 2020, file photo, a person films pastor Nicolas Sanchez, center left, celebrating Easter Vigil Mass at his church, decorated with candles and pictures sent by his parishioners attached to their pews, at St. Patrick Church in North Hollywood, California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

California legislator wants religious services deemed essential during state of emergency

By Alejandra Molina — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — Sen. Brian Jones, a Republican in San Diego County, introduced a piece of legislation on Friday (Feb. 12) that would allow a religious organization to file a claim for relief if it has been subjected to ‘government overreach.’

Lama Gelbu, left, Pasang Sherpa, center, and Yanddu Lama, right, prepare bags of fruit used as ceremonial offerings at the conclusion of the Dakini Day practice, a group meditation that includes song and food and is celebrated on the 25th day of each lunar month, at the United Sherpa Association in the Queens borough of New York on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for Nepalese students

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — February 15, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Sherpa Association launched the food program from scratch last April as the coronavirus was ravaging the borough and other parts of the city.

FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Aung San Suu Kyi, left, Myanmar's foreign minister, walks with senior General Min Aung Hlaing, right, Myanmar military's commander-in-chief, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar military television said Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 that the military was taking control of the country for one year, while reports said many of the country’s senior politicians including Suu Kyi had been detained. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Democratic values compete with Buddhist ones in Myanmar

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2021

(RNS) — Democracy is making inroads, but the tradition of karmic kingship persists.

Supporters wave national and military flags Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar, after the military staged a coup. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

The military coup in Myanmar presents opportunities to Buddhist nationalists

By Anders C. Hardig, Tazreena Sajjad — February 8, 2021

(RNS) — The Buddhist nationalist MaBaTha movement has become an important social force in Myanmar.

Young Buddhist Editorial members participate in a recent virtual meeting. Video screengrab

Online forum helps Asian Americans find their way in Americanized Buddhism

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — January 27, 2021

(RNS) — Young Buddhist Editorial gives millennial and Gen Z Asian Americans a place to engage with their religion, culture and identity on their own terms.

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