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Muslims pray as they practice social distancing during an evening prayer called tarawih, marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Chicago's Muslim Community Center on April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.

By Omar Suleiman — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — As you fast from what is ordinarily permissible, you learn to fast from what is prohibited at all times.

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The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington on Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship

By Jessica Gresko — April 10, 2021

(AP) — In November, the high court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard-hit by the virus.

Mosque member Asie Late's granddaughter Emma watches as a Northwell Health registered nurse inoculates her with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site inside the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island borough of New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

By Mariam Fam, David Sharp — April 10, 2021

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during Ramadan.

Christian Thrasher, senior director of substance use disorders and recovery, speaks to a convening of faith leaders across different denominations in Houston, as part of a Clinton Foundation series of learning sessions in the community of opioids and substance misuse. Screenshot from “Houston Area Faith Leaders Combat the Opioid Crisis” YouTube video courtesy of The Clinton Foundation

Adapting a faith-led effort to fight opioids to encourage vaccinations

By Paul O'Donnell — April 8, 2021

(RNS) — Using a model to educate clergy about substance use disorders is being adapted to defeat uncertainty about the vaccine.

A copy of the book

If a Dr. Seuss book offends us, why not pluck it out?

By Tara Isabella Burton — April 8, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Canceling’ problematic media properties provides us with a way to talk about the complicated nature of desire.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, led by Cardinal Peter Turkson, has launched a new initiative to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions at its facilities. Image by Jeff Jacobs from Pixabay

Vatican water and hygiene initiative for health care facilities is an investment in life

By Mary Louise Stubbs — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — The lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities worldwide kills infants, women and front-line workers.

A man sits on his mat in the Muslim Community Center last year. Photo courtesy of MCC

In Ramadan’s spirit of hope, New York’s Muslims cautiously open mosques

By Zainab Iqbal — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — Last year, Ramadan fell in the worst of the pandemic. Still haunted by the toll of the pandemic, some mosque leaders are following the guidance of local leaders.

Musician Harry Connick Jr. has released a new album, titled “Alone With My Faith.” Courtesy photo

Harry Connick Jr., bunkered for the pandemic, emerges with ‘Alone With My Faith’

By Maina Mwaura — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — While it’s reverent, the album is anything but churchy.

Still from Lil Nas X's “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil Nas X is inviting the Black church in with ‘Montero’

By Don Abram — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Montero’ is the anthem of a Black gay man roaring back from years of self-hate caused by anti-LGBTQ+ theologies. As a queer child of the Black church, it’s an anthem that resonates with me.

Megan Steffan. Photo by Kevin Troung

Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against? A lawsuit, scholarly studies say yes.

By Yonat Shimron — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.

In this July 29, 2009, file photo, financial guru Dave Ramsey sits in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn. Ramsey Solutions later moved to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

 Dave Ramsey’s company dropped from ‘Best Workplaces’ list by Inc. magazine

By Bob Smietana — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — After learning that Dave Ramsey’s company was being sued for firing a pregnant employee, a major business publication dropped Ramsey Solutions from its ‘Best Workplaces’ list.

A still from the “Six Days in Fallujah” video game. Image courtesy of Victura

Controversial Iraq war battle to be subject of new video game

By Joseph Hammond — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Six Days in Fallujah’ depicts the Iraq War’s bloodiest battle and is set to be released some 13 years after it was first announced.

Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter Christian nationalist misinformation over vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

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