Pope Francis’ encyclical now available in Russian thanks to Muslim translators
(RNS) — It is not uncommon for papal encyclicals to be translated into multiple languages, including Russian, but they are rarely recognized officially by the Vatican.
Dozens of houses of worship, one DC street, a 9-year photo project
The pope’s Iraq visit will make headlines. Can it make life better for religious minorities?
Palestinian President Abbas gives Christians outsize voice in new legislature
(RNS) — Palestinian Christians are ambivalent about the quota, which would allow at least seven Christians with the most votes to sit on the council.
Attacks on ancient religious sites in Ethiopia kill hundreds, reports say
(RNS) — A church that claims to contain the ark of the covenant and one of Africa’s oldest mosques have been scenes of mass killing and desecration.
Jordan’s Orthodox archbishop moves to deny evangelicals full legal recognition
(RNS) — In a Jan. 26 letter to the country’s Judicial Council, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christophoros Atallah called evangelical churches ‘a danger’ to society.
When the Bible doesn’t make sense
Kristin Swenson wants to give readers space to understand that the Bible is weird, and a box full of tools to deal with that weirdness.
Christians in Holy Land face bleak Christmas season due to COVID-19
(RNS) — A usually festive and economically important time for the Holy Land’s tiny Christian minority has been changed with an absence of pilgrims.
Scholars call out Putin and the ‘escalation’ of persecution against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia
(RNS) — A group of 50 religion scholars from around the world are calling on President Vladimir Putin and his administration to end the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
Work resumes on church destroyed on 9/11
NEW YORK (AP) — After a three year halt due to financial problems, work resumed Monday on a Greek Orthodox church being built to replace one destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
What good is faith when your fertility treatments aren’t working?
(RNS) — Some of the biggest faith-based challenges of infertility may be existing in a family-centered community.
Russian court fines influential monk who denies virus exists
(AP) — The 65-year-old monk has attracted nationwide attention by urging followers to disobey government lockdown measures and ignore church closures earlier during the pandemic.
President Erdogan, preserve Hagia Sophia as a church
(RNS) — The Quran says that God’s name is extolled abundantly in churches, synagogues and mosques, which is reason enough to protect all such places of worship. But respect for others’ holy places extends deep into Muslim history.
Breath, the divine metaphor, becomes a hallmark of America’s twin crises
(RNS) — The normally simple, normally unconscious act of drawing breath has come to define the United States’ most pressing problems. What the world’s faith traditions have to say about the meaning of our first act as humans.
How Jesus became white — and why it’s time to cancel that
CHICAGO (RNS) — Nearly a century later, both ‘Head of Christ’ and criticism of its role in enshrining Jesus as white endure.