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Patriarch of Jerusalem’s edict puts unity on Holy Land’s Christmas in doubt

By Daoud Kuttab — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on Dec. 25, and Easter according to the older Julian calendar.
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Amid COVID-19, most churches provide hybrid worship, half stopped picnics

By Adelle M. Banks — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — A new study shows that ‘the pandemic has had a profound impact across the religious spectrum, and that some churches are faring better than others,’ said scholar Scott Thumma.

Orthodox patriarch hospitalized after stent procedure

By Associated Press — November 4, 2021
The hospital treatment delayed Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's return home to Turkey.

Eastern Orthodox patriarch meets with Biden, discusses climate change

By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘The entire life of the church is a calling to ecological awareness,’ said Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.

Orthodox Church’s top patriarch hospitalized in Washington

By Jack Jenkins — October 24, 2021
(RNS) — The cause was not immediately clear, although officials said his hospitalization was "out an abundance of caution."

National Council of Churches elects all-female officers, approves NRSV update

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — ‘At this pivotal time in the life of the church in the United States, it is noteworthy that the NCC is modeling inclusiveness in selecting its leaders,’ said its new chair.

Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small and midsize US congregations

By Yonat Shimron — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Faith Communities Today survey finds that half of the country’s congregations had 65 or fewer people in attendance on any given weekend, a drop from a median attendance level of 137 people in 2000.

Families of different faiths swap houses, lives in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — In the unscripted TV series, 16 families from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds or sexual orientations trade homes for a week.

Led by ‘Father Revolutionary,’ Indigenous Guatemalans turn to Orthodox Christianity

By David I. Klein — September 27, 2021
(RNS) — Spurred by the conversion of a beloved former Catholic priest, Orthodox Christian communities have popped up in some 120 villages across northern Guatemala and southern Mexico.

Albert Raboteau, expert on African American religious history, dead at 78

By Adelle M. Banks — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — The scholar ‘was the Godfather of Afro-American Religious Studies & the North Star of deep Christian political sensibilities!’ said colleague Cornel West.

Poet Cavafy remains an unlikely symbol of Greek culture in Egypt

By Joseph Hammond — September 20, 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (RNS) — He was born and died in Alexandria, Egypt, then home to a large Greek community that began immigrating to Egypt in the 19th century. Writing primarily in Greek and little published during his lifetime, Cavafy's works have been translated into more than 40 languages.

9/11 became a catalyst for interfaith relations and cooperation

By Adelle M. Banks — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — Though anti-Muslim sentiments grew in the wake of 9/11, another legacy of that historic day is the evolution and advancement of interfaith cooperation in the United States.

Greek Orthodox Church at ground zero still unfinished, 20 years later

By Karen Matthews and Peter Smith — September 9, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Slated for completion next year, the church is surrounded by a small public park and features a Byzantine-style dome and marble cladding that can be lit from within.
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