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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.
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Greece begins giving COVID-19 vaccines outside churches

By Idyli Tsakiri — September 7, 2021
ARCHANES, Greece (AP) — Greece has begun administering vaccinations for COVID-19 outside churches in a pilot program recently announced by the government as a means of encouraging more people to get the shots.

With black flags, Sri Lanka Christians protest bombing probe

By Associated Press — August 23, 2021
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Christian community hoisted black flags on Saturday to protest the investigation into the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks, which killed 269 people.

Fate of rock churches of Lalibela raises concerns among US Ethiopians

By Joseph Hammond — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — 'My heart is broken for us Ethiopians in America and around the world. Our life is dismantled,' said Kesis Asteraye Tsige, an Ethiopian priest in Kansas City.

Study: Gen Z doubles down on spirituality, combining tarot and traditional faith

By Heather Greene — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Crystals are like ‘saints’ for young people and spirituals,’ wrote a survey respondent. ‘Sometimes you just need something or someone that is rooted in courage.’

Giannis Antetokounmpo: NBA stardom without the ego

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 10, 2021
(RNS) — Spiritual lessons from the NBA Finals' MVP.

Evangelical Christians must rethink their reflexive support for Israel

By Gregory Khalil — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — Four reasons evangelicals are reluctant to support equality for Palestinians and Israelis publicly.

US hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church head after Tigray warning

By Cara Anna — May 10, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It was not clear whether the patriarch requested protection from the U.S. and the embassy did not comment on that.

Vaccinated faithful throng Jerusalem church for Holy Fire

By Associated Press — May 2, 2021
(RNS) — The scene at the church was a stark contrast to last year's, when only a handful of religious leaders held the centuries-old ceremony in a near-empty setting enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.

New players add volatility in Jerusalem tensions

By Josef Federman — April 26, 2021
(AP) — The fate of Jerusalem and its holy sites is one of the most explosive issues in the conflict.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.

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.

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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