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Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it for millennia

By Iqbal Akhtar — July 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of religion explains the wisdom religious traditions provide on the practice of fasting.
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Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’

By Whitney Bauck — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — The host of ‘On Being’ makes a case for embracing new forms of digitally mediated spiritual practice.

Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

By David Crary — July 26, 2021
(AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau reported in March the rate of homeschooling rose to 11% by September 2020, from 5.4% just six months earlier.

Dating as a Catholic: Sweet dream or not-so-beautiful nightmare?

By Renée Roden — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Sometimes sorting potential mates based on shared religion can result in strange bedfellows. One Instagram account laughs through the pain.

With more than a million children orphaned by COVID, faith-based groups look to mobilize support

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘These new estimates highlight the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on children around the world,’ said Elli Oswald, executive director of the Faith to Action Initiative.

Maryland Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha with a farm-focused carnival

By Joseph Hammond — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Some 800 Muslim Americans are expected to attend the family-focused event at the Green Meadows Petting Farm in Ijamsville, Maryland. The event combines traditional Eid prayer services, a carnival atmosphere and a concert.

Clergy among advocates suing Texas over new law deputizing citizens to enforce abortion ban

By Alejandra Molina — July 16, 2021
(RNS) —'If we as people of faith want to remain free of interference from the government, S.B. 8 should worry us beyond what we think is right or wrong about abortion,' said the Rev. Daniel Kanter.

COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — July 16, 2021
(AP) — The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll among Roman Catholic priests and nuns around the world, killing hundreds of them.

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The resolution’s approval ‘set the tone’ for the United Church of Christ’s Special Edition General Synod, which runs through Sunday (July 18).

Inducting a Jew into the Hall of Fame on Rosh Hashana? What is the MLB thinking?

By Joshua Hammerman — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — What would Sandy Koufax do?

Breaking the silence: Clergy address pandemic’s surge in domestic violence

By Katie Givens Kime — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — This crisis of violence affects every faith community, and every faith leader.

Pope Francis eats breakfast, takes walk 2 days after surgery

By Nicole Winfield — July 6, 2021
(AP) — Francis, 84, underwent three hours of surgery Sunday for what the Vatican said was a narrowing of the large intestine. The Vatican said doctors removed the left side of his colon.
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