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A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In an unprecedented food crisis, Buddhist anti-hunger fund meets its moment

By Haley Barker — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — Buddhist Global Relief has challenged Western Buddhists to focus on social engagement.

Dalai Lama travels to remote Ladakh region bordering China

By Aijaz Hussain — July 15, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials said at least 20,000 people gathered all along the road to the Dalai Lama's summer palace, some 10 kilometers from the airport.

Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

By Ashwini Bhatia — July 6, 2022
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama Library and Museum contain artifacts, his teachings, and books on his life and struggle for Tibetan autonomy and protection of its native Buddhist culture.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022
(AP) — Views on abortions are not just polarizing within denominations; the divisions span the religious landscape.

Buddhist leader in Bhutan fully ordains 144 women, resuming ancient tradition

By Haley Barker — June 21, 2022
(RNS) — Damcho Diana Finnegan, an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, called the ordination ceremony ‘a major step towards ending the institutionalized inequality between men and women in Tibetan Buddhism.’

Ruth Ozeki’s ‘Book of Form and Emptiness’ wins Women’s Prize

By Jill Lawless — June 16, 2022
LONDON (AP) — A professor of English at Smith College in Massachusetts, Ozeki is also a filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, and her novel was inspired in part by Buddhist philosophy.

Buddhist and Catholic, priests and theologians practice ‘double belonging’

By Emily Schutz — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religions need each other to understand themselves,’ said one Buddhist-Catholic practitioner.

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains

By Samira Mehta — June 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.

New book ‘Interpreting Religion’ dares to ask ‘how’

By Kathryn Post — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — How do religious people make meaning? And how are those meanings transmitted, contested and remade?

How the role and visibility of chaplains changed over the past century

By Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs — June 1, 2022
(The Conversation) — Chaplaincy emerged as a professional field in the mid-20th century. In the years since, their roles have evolved and they have also come to include many diverse religious traditions.

Interfaith leaders join protest outside NRA meeting in Houston

By Katherine Keenan — May 27, 2022
HOUSTON (RNS) — Among the 500-strong crowd of activists, teachers, politicians and citizens outside the George R. Brown Conference Center were scores of interfaith leaders who sought to add the religious community’s voice to the protest of the deaths at Uvalde's Robb Elementary.

Texans plan interfaith protest at Friday’s NRA convention in Houston

By Monique Parsons — May 26, 2022
(Interfaith America) — The protest, the organizers said, is meant to send a message to politicians who receive donations and support from the gun rights group.

Despite 2022’s cluster of religious holidays, multifaith understanding slow to evolve

By Camille Daniels — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — Unlike race, which has become an urgent topic for Americans to discuss and educate themselves (and others) about, faith remains a relatively siloed practice.

Saudi Arabia again leads interfaith understanding — this time on its own soil

By David Rosen — May 24, 2022
(RNS) — A forum in Riyadh for Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist leaders reflects remarkable changes.
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