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Pope Francis’ encyclical now available in Russian thanks to Muslim translators

By Claire Giangravé — March 3, 2021

(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.

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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.

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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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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.

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