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A seminary is investigated for sexual harassment. Now its critics want the findings made public.

By Yonat Shimron — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — An investigation into sexual harassment and misconduct at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles was completed last month. It has not been made public.

American Hindu parents are finding innovative ways to pass the faith on to their kids

By Richa Karmarkar — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — 'It's a religion of understanding and of knowledge, not of faith. And I think that kind of vibes with the modern generation,' said Instagram's The Hindu Grandma.

Toned-down synod document backs female leadership, but not as deacons

By Claire Giangravé — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — The new ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ will guide the discussions of the next Synod on Synodality summit in October.

Hundreds of mostly exiled Tibetans celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 89th birthday in India’s Dharamshala

By Ashwini Bhatia — July 9, 2024
DHARAMSHALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama has made the hillside town his headquarters since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

DoorDash delivers 100 million charity meals, partnering with religious, other nonprofits

By Adelle M. Banks — July 8, 2024
(RNS) — 'If it wasn't for DoorDash really partnering with us, a lot of things that we desire to do for the community probably wouldn't come to pass,' a Chicago pastor said.

The Washington insiders helping Sean Feucht spread Christian nationalism in Congress

By Jack Jenkins — July 8, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'It is time in America that we take back territory,' Sean Feucht said in a video promoting his efforts to build a base on Capitol Hill.

Bills to enhance religion in schools spur fights between faiths

By Jack Jenkins — July 5, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — As lawmakers push faith-focused education bills, the statutes are facing pushback from an unexpected source: other religious people.

Photos of the Week: Stampede in India, Bulgarian Patriarch

By Jessi Dodge — July 5, 2024
(RNS) — Each week RNS presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes a stampede after a religious festival in India, the enthronement of the new Bulgarian Patriarch and more.

With new patriarch, Bulgarian Orthodox Church turns toward Moscow

By David I. Klein — July 5, 2024
ISTANBUL (RNS) — Many who opposed Daniil, the new Patriarch of All Bulgaria, worry that his election represents a sharp turn away from the policies of his predecessor, Neophyte I, who is remembered as a unifier.

‘Which parts of the world do we stop covering?’ Former leaders alarmed by USCCB layoffs ask

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 5, 2024
(RNS) — 'The budget of an organization reflects its priorities,' said retired Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates.

With National Rally showing strength in Sunday’s vote, French Muslims hold their breath

By Fiona André — July 5, 2024
PARIS (RNS) — While National Rally leader Marine Le Pen recently said no Muslim citizens would lose rights if her party won, Muslim leaders expect the closure of many mosques and Islamic schools, the deportation of foreign imams and stricter bans on wearing hijab if Sunday's vote goes her way.

Labour wins UK elections in landslide, but suffers losses in heavily Muslim areas

By Catherine Pepinster — July 5, 2024
LONDON (RNS) — Labour lost a handful of former strongholds to independent candidates standing on pro-Palestinian tickets.

Vatican excommunicates former US ambassador Vigano, declares him guilty of schism

By Nicole Winfield — July 5, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Vatican excommunication means that Vigano is formally outside the church, and cannot celebrate or receive its sacraments.

Mosaics by an artist accused of abusing women will stay on the Lourdes shrine, for now

By Nicole Winfield — July 5, 2024
ROME (AP) — A French bishop has put off any decision on whether to remove mosaics by an ex-Jesuit artist accused of abusing women, saying that they’ll stay for now on the Lourdes shrine but that eventually they should be removed.

California Baptists cut staff, citing decline in Cooperative Program Giving

By Bob Smietana — July 3, 2024
(RNS) — Overall giving to the SBC’s national funding program is down about 2%.
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