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Why China feels threatened by the moral authority of a 90-year-old Catholic bishop

By Scott D. McDonald — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of philosophy and foreign policy explains why Cardinal Zen poses a threat to the Chinese Communist Party as a competing source of political authority.
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Little churches still matter, says Martha’s Vineyard pastor of church that took in migrants

By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — Houses of worship on Martha's Vineyard have long worked together to meet the needs of their neighbors. So they were ready to spring into action when refugees arrived unexpectedly.

Biden includes faith leaders in summit’s charge to ‘rise together against hate’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — In the audience were survivors and family members of those lost to violence at houses of worship and other scenes of hate crimes.

New York poised to strengthen oversight of nonpublic schools

By Carolyn Thompson — September 13, 2022
A Board of Regents committee unanimously approved guidelines Monday to make sure instruction at the state's private and religious schools is equivalent to that of its public schools, following years of complaints that some ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools were not meeting basic academic standards.

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law

By Tom Davies — September 9, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed on Thursday by the ACLU of Indiana argues that the abortion ban set to take effect next week violates a state religious-freedom law that was approved by Republican lawmakers in 2015.

Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas

By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Dake Kang — September 7, 2022
BANGKOK (AP) — The story of the exile of the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church illustrates how the Chinese government is going to increasing lengths to control religious faith and its citizens, even far outside its borders.

Wisconsin GOP candidate calls for ‘pitchforks and torches’

By Scott Bauer — September 6, 2022
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tim Michels, Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor endorsed by Donald Trump, is calling for people to “get out on the streets with pitchforks and torches” in reaction to a story detailing his large donations to ant-abortion and church groups.

UN cites possible crimes vs. humanity in China’s Xinjiang

By Edith M. Lederer and Jamey Keaten — September 1, 2022
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said that China's discriminatory detention of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang "may constitute crimes against humanity" in a long-awaited report released Wednesday.

Chaplain who sexually abused inmates gets 7 years in prison

By Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo — September 1, 2022
(AP) – A chaplain at a California federal women's prison was sentenced to seven years in jail for "egregious" sexual abuse against inmates. He is one of the five workers at the prison charged in the last 14 months for the same crime.

Recent incidents from New York to California buttress concerns about Hinduphobia

By Richa Karmarkar — August 26, 2022
(RNS) — The attacks come just weeks after a Gandhi statue was vandalized and desecrated outside a Queens temple twice in less than a month.

My sister is in an Iranian prison for the 4th time

By Iraj Kamalabadi — August 25, 2022
(RNS) — In all instances, she has been innocent of any crime. She is, however, a Baha’i.

‘God is life,’ Rabbi Yonatan Neril on ecological conversion and the war in Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development — a Jerusalem-based nonprofit engaged in revealing the connection between religion and ecology worldwide.

Studies suggest spiritual practices may prompt people to get off the mat and engage

By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — Criticism of spirituality as inherently selfish may be overblown, according to two new studies that suggest people who are spiritual but not religious are civically and politically engaged.
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