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Christians in Holy Land face bleak Christmas season due to COVID-19

By Michele Chabin — December 18, 2020

(RNS) — A usually festive and economically important time for the Holy Land’s tiny Christian minority has been changed with an absence of pilgrims.

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What good is faith when your fertility treatments aren’t working?

By Amy Klein — August 3, 2020

(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

By Vladimir Isachenov — July 21, 2020

(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

By Mike Ghouse — July 8, 2020

(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

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — July 8, 2020

(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

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 24, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Nearly a century later, both ‘Head of Christ’ and criticism of its role in enshrining Jesus as white endure.

The N-word of God: Envisioning the image of Christ

By Mark Doox — June 24, 2020

(RNS) — A war over Christs of different ethnicities, says an artist and iconographer, won’t bring humanity closer together in empathy or love.

In Greece, pandemic deprives refugees of vital link to food and locals

By Magdalena Rojo — June 12, 2020

(RNS) — A restaurant dedicated to feeding refugees and native Greeks alike awaits the country’s reopening.

Greg Zanis, who honored shooting victims by building 26,000 crosses, dies

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2020

(RNS) — The 69-year-old retired carpenter from Aurora, Illinois, crisscrossed the country to erect his wooden memorials near the sites of massacres, big and small.

Rival Ukraine churches clash over Easter lockdown rules

By Associated Press — April 16, 2020

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Moscow-affiliated church said believers could gather outside places of worship despite a government ban on public gatherings, while the independent church called it a ‘Christian duty’ to stay home.

Religions can be part of the solution for peace, not the problem, faith leaders say

By Claire Giangravé — January 16, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome this week.

Seeking the cross: Icy dips mark the feast of Epiphany

By Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press — January 6, 2020

Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria celebrated Epiphany by jumping in frigid waters to retrieve a cross. The holiday commemorates the coming of the Wise Men.

Egypt arrests Coptic community rights activist amid heightened surveillance measures

By Mina Nader, Jacob Wirtschafter — December 5, 2019

CAIRO (RNS) — Early on Nov. 23, plainclothes police arrived at the home of Ramy Kamel, a tailor and advocate for the Coptic community. Human rights groups have expressed alarm over Kamel’s arrest and a renewed crackdown on activists and journalists in Egypt.

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