Algeria inaugurates Africa’s largest mosque after years of political delays and cost overruns

By Associated Press — February 26, 2024
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Built by a Chinese construction firm throughout the 2010s, the Great Mosque of Algiers features the world's tallest minaret, measuring at 869 feet (265 meters)
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German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

By Nicole Winfield and Geir Moulson — February 26, 2024
ROME (AP) — A regular meeting of the German Bishops’ Conference this week had been expected to vote on the statutes of a committee that would have prepared for the future council.

Stained glass window showing dark-skinned Jesus Christ heading to Memphis museum

By Associated Press — February 26, 2024
WARREN, R.I. (AP) — Measuring 12 feet tall and 5 feet wide (3.7 meters by 1.5 meters), the window depicts two biblical passages in which women, also painted with dark skin, appear as equals to Christ.

Mexican church officials have helped arrange a truce between 2 warring drug cartels

By Fabiola SÁnchez — February 26, 2024
MEXICO CITY (AP) —This is the latest in a series of attempts by bishops and priests to get cartels to talk to each other in hopes of reducing bloody turf battles.

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family’s story is an Oscar nominee

By Mariam Fam — February 26, 2024
(AP) — The real-life story of Hamrouni and her children is the focus of “Four Daughters,” an Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature film.

Faith leaders renew push for ‘accurate’ Black history education in Florida

By Adelle M. Banks — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — Training sessions in Tallahassee and in Orlando will feature curriculum companies whose products could enhance those wishing to teach Black history in schools and churches.

Catholics rally around Annunciation House after lawsuit

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — February 23, 2024
RNS — 'Our church, our city and our country owe Annunciation House a deep debt of gratitude,' El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz wrote in a statement.

Photos of the Week: Lakewood recovering; Magh Mela

By Kit Doyle — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes Magh Mela Hindu pilgrims in India, Lakewood Church recovering from a shooting and more.

Backlash to trans activist’s St. Patrick’s funeral reveals deep fault lines

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — Both Cecilia Gentili’s friends and family and Cardinal Timothy Dolan said they felt 'disrespect' from the other group.

Ministry accused of covert conversion therapy moves across from Adventist university

By Kathryn Post — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — Coming Out Ministries, which promotes freedom from the 'chains of homosexuality,' is setting up its headquarters across from Andrews University in the hopes of reaching students.

Islamist Nigerian militants press attacks against Christians to foment religious war

By Tonny Onyulo — February 23, 2024
ABUJA, Nigeria (RNS) — The militants 'want to use religion to achieve their target of destabilizing the country and establishing an Islamic state,' said a local evangelical Christian pastor.

Georgia bill aims to protect religious liberty. Opponents say it’s a license to discriminate

By Jeff Amy — February 23, 2024
ATLANTA (AP) — That religious protection bill resurfaced Thursday eight years after lawmakers passed a different version of the measure.

Belarus cracks down on clergy who supported protests of its authoritarian leader

By Yuras Karmanau — February 23, 2024
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the last three years, at least 74 clergy have been arrested, fined or deported, according to the Viasna human rights center, even before the new law took effect.
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