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The Rev. William Barber II speaks during a virtual Easter vigil service April 3, 2021, titled “Easter in Jerusalem: The Sabeel Community Celebrates Holy Saturday 2021,” led by a Christian activist group in Jerusalem. Video screengrab

William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.

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Mourners prepare to bury the remains of Yazidi victims in a cemetery in Sinjar, Iraq, on Feb. 6, 2021. The 104 Yazidis killed by the Islamic State group six years ago were given a proper burial in a cemetery in Sinjar's Kocho village in the country's north. The bodies were exhumed from mass graves last year with the coordination of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by IS, and they were sent to Baghdad for identification through DNA testing. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)

The pope’s Iraq visit will make headlines. Can it make life better for religious minorities?

By Knox Thames — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — A sense of foreboding plagues efforts to return Christians and Yazidis to their homelands.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks after a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinian President Abbas gives Christians outsize voice in new legislature

By Daoud Kuttab — February 22, 2021

(RNS) — Palestinian Christians are ambivalent about the quota, which would allow at least seven Christians with the most votes to sit on the council.

In this Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, the Church of St. Mary of Zion is seen in Aksum, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. After months of conflict, witnesses gave The Associated Press a detailed account of what might be Ethiopia's deadliest massacre, at the sacred Ethiopian Orthodox church in Aksum. (AP Photo)

Attacks on ancient religious sites in Ethiopia kill hundreds, reports say

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 18, 2021

(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.

Amman, Jordan. Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay/Creative Commons

Jordan’s Orthodox archbishop moves to deny evangelicals full legal recognition

By Daoud Kuttab — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — In a Jan. 26 letter to the country’s Judicial Council, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christophoros Atallah called evangelical churches ‘a danger’ to society. 

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When the Bible doesn’t make sense

By Jana Riess — February 12, 2021

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.

A vendor stands in front of his shop near the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Normally packed with tourists from around the world at this time of year, Bethlehem resembles a ghost town – with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops shuttered by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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.

Judges of Russia's Supreme Court attend a hearing in Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 23, 2014. Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Scholars call out Putin and the ‘escalation’ of persecution against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 2, 2020

(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.

A group of clergy, politicians and construction workers attends a ceremony at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at the World Trade Center in New York. The original church was destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The shrine is expected to open in 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Work resumes on church destroyed on 9/11

By Karen Matthews — August 3, 2020

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.

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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.

In this file photo taken on June 17, 2020, Father Sergiy, right, a Russian monk who has defied the Russian Orthodox Church's leadership, speaks to journalists in Sredneuralsk, Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church on July 3, 2020, defrocked Father Sergiy, who has defied the coronavirus lockdown orders and has taken control over a monastery. (AP Photo/Vladimir Podoksyonov, FILE)

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.

An aerial view of the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, bottom, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district, April 25, 2020. The sixth-century building is at the center of a heated debate between conservative groups who want it to be reconverted into a mosque and those who believe the World Heritage site should remain a museum. (AP Photo)

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.

Demonstrators hold signs and wear shirts about breathing while protesting against racial injustice in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2020. Photo by Clay Banks/Unsplash/Creative Commons

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.

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