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At the Olympics, athletes show guts, glory – and a lot of ink, including tattoos that profess their faith

By Gustavo Morello — July 10, 2024
(The Conversation) — One biblical verse bans tattoos, but the full story of Christianity’s relationship with body modification is more complicated.
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New film depicting ‘hero’s journey’ of Swami Vivekananda comes to PBS

By Richa Karmarkar — May 31, 2024
(RNS) — 'America's First Guru' is a 90-minute look at how Swami Vivekananda introduced yoga and Hinduism to the Western world.

Independent UN experts urge Yemen’s Houthis to free detained Baha’i followers

By Samy Magdy — May 21, 2024
CAIRO (AP) — The Houthis have waged an all-out campaign against all political and religious opponents and have held thousands in detention, where torture is rampant.

Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

By Luis Andres Henao — May 17, 2024
HAVANA (AP) — Today, diverse beliefs can be found mixed together on altars in homes, with the Virgin Mary sharing space with a ceramic Buddha and a warrior spirit from the Afro-Cuban faith.

Rastafarian whose locks were cut in prison appeals case to Supreme Court

By Fiona André — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Damon Landor, who is backed in the case by a broad range of faith organizations, argues the prison infringed on his religious rights. 

Why do religious teens engage in less risky behavior? A psychologist explains

By James A. Shepperd — May 14, 2024
(The Conversation) — Research suggests that a clear understanding of what is right and wrong contributes to engaging in less risky behavior.

Far-right Christians blame Madonna’s ‘satanic’ concert for floods in southern Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — May 13, 2024
SÃO PAULO, Brazil (RNS) — Christian pastors and social media influencers have connected the concert's sexual content with unprecedented floods that have devastated cities in Rio Grande do Sul state and killed 116 people.

Harvard religion professor Diana Eck on pluralism’s changes, challenges

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — ‘I still think of myself as Christian, in the sense that that’s my family of origin,’ Eck said. ‘There are other families that I feel I belong to as well.’

Harvard Pluralism Project’s Diana Eck retires after decades of research, promoting dialogue

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — Eck said she hopes the Pluralism Project, which has been a model for affiliates and organizations across the country, will continue to foster dialogue and engagement.

Michigan man accused of making explosives to target Satanic Temple in Massachusetts

By Associated Press — May 9, 2024
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Luke Terpstra was charged in western Michigan with two felonies: transportation of an explosive and possession of an unregistered explosive.

Controversial antisemitism bills are passing, and not only in the US House

By Yonat Shimron — May 8, 2024
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — A North Carolina bill known as the Shalom Act is similar to the Antisemitism Awareness Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Azerbaijan named among religious freedom violators by religious liberty watchdog

By Adelle M. Banks — May 1, 2024
(RNS) — The commissioners recommended the State Department also retain the dozen countries that are currently designated as ‘countries of particular concern.’

Baptist leaders urge House Speaker Mike Johnson to support Ukrainian Christians

By Adelle M. Banks — April 10, 2024
(RNS) — ‘We believe that God has put you in this position “for such a time as this,”’ Southern Baptist and Ukrainian Baptist officials wrote the speaker.
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