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Preserving stories of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh friendships through India’s partition

By Richa Karmarkar — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Descendants of those who experienced the Partition of Punjab in 1947 come together to share stories of interfaith collaboration after 75 years of religious animosity in India and Pakistan.

Queens community condemns attack on Gandhi statue as anti-Hindu vandalism

By Richa Karmarkar — August 9, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — Leaders from the diverse Richmond Hill community in New York’s Queens borough came together on Tuesday to condemn an act of vandalism against a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir Hindu temple.

In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.

When preachers get political, do they change minds?

By Ryan Burge — August 3, 2022
(RNS) — Preachers tend to risk political speech only when they know it will receive a warm reception.

A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Paul Raushenbush: ‘Christian nationalism is a threat to the American way of life’

By Yonat Shimron — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — The new leader of the Interfaith Alliance wants to fight for an America that is welcoming and inclusive of all faiths and no faith.

My Kali is queer: Resisting the homogenization of Hinduism

By Sunita Viswanath — July 11, 2022
(RNS) — A filmmaker is challenged for her depiction of the Hindu goddess.

Thousands rescued at flood-hit Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir

By Associated Press — July 11, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials said about 15,000 devotees were moved to safer locations and at least five dozen injured were administered first aid at base camp hospitals set up for the pilgrimage, which is undertaken by hundreds of thousands of Hindus from across India.

India Hindus begin pilgrimage in Kashmir amid heavy security

By Aijaz Hussain — June 30, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In massive security arrangements, tens of thousands of police and soldiers carrying automatic rifles and wearing flak jackets have been deployed to guard the pilgrimage.

America’s religious communities are divided over the issue of abortion: 5 essential reads

By Kalpana Jain — June 29, 2022
(The Conversation) — Scholars explain why many see abortion access as a religious freedom issue and what the views of different faiths are on ‘ensoulment,’ the point at which the soul is believed to enter the fetus.

Hindu man killed as religious tensions boil in India

By Krutika Pathi and Sheikh Saaliq — June 29, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — Experts worry that the latest incident could worsen India’s religious fault lines that critics say have deepened since Hindu nationalist Modi came to power in 2014.

Arrest of Indian Muslim journalist sparks widespread outrage

By Sheikh Saaliq — June 28, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — Pratik Sinha, the other co-founder of Alt News, said Zubair was arrested without any notice from police, which is mandatory in the sections of law under which he was detained.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022
(AP) — Views on abortions are not just polarizing within denominations; the divisions span the religious landscape.

In the world’s largest democracy, people of faith aren’t free

By David Curry — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Alarming new data shows hundreds of violent attacks are being carried out against Christians in India.

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’
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