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Indians are forced to change rituals for the dead as COVID-19 rages

By Natasha Mikles — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Families want their loved ones cared for quickly, but there is a shortage of people who can do the funerals.
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Stopping sexual harassment where religious communities meet

By Azza Karam, Audrey E. Kitagawa, Cassandra Lawrence, Katherine Marshall — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — The interfaith movement will become irrelevant if it does more to protect reputations than keep leaders accountable.

‘We need a place to serve’: As India’s COVID-19 cases spiral, faith groups step up

By Bhavya Dore — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — In the grip of a deadly second wave of COVID-19, religious charities and faith-based organizations are among the many civil society groups that have stepped up to mobilize COVID relief efforts.

In New York, interfaith coalition makes common cause against rising tide of hate

By Yonat Shimron — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — The new group will share best practices, speak out against violent extremism and ensure the safety of New Yorkers at their places of worship.

A plant-based diet is about much more than not harming animals

By Mat McDermott — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — It can help stop the climate crisis and prevent the next pandemic, too. 

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.

RNS Weekly News Quiz: April 15, 2021

By Emily Churchill — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of this week's religion news, from leadership changes at Liberty University to one faith's spring holiday.

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges

By Neha Mehrotra, Sheikh Saaliq — April 12, 2021
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism.

The swastika and the 4 H’s

By Khyati Y. Joshi — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — Banning the swastika, or writing laws that treat it as only a Nazi symbol, would violate the First Amendment. Just as important, bans sidestep the real issue such as dealing with our differences and coexisting as Americans.  

Joyful noise or meditative hum, sound resets the mind for faith

By Liz Kineke — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — Sound acts as a tether for the mind in the same way the breath or a mantra is used in other forms of meditation.

Alabama lifts ban on yoga in schools. Sort of.

By Mat McDermott — March 18, 2021
(RNS) — Alabama avoids constitutional entanglements but falls squarely into the mouth of cultural appropriation.

Alabama House votes to end yoga ban, but don’t say ‘namaste’

By Kim Chandler — March 13, 2021
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Board of Education voted in 1993 to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms.

Why Hindu nationalists are attacking Sikhs in Australia

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Hindu nationalists outside India are now terrorizing Sikhs in response to the historic farmer protests.
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