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Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

By Sylvia Hui, Jill Lawless, and Danica Kirka — January 20, 2022
LONDON (AP) — British police are continuing to support U.S. authorities with their investigation into Saturday’s hostage incident. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue.

Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

By Geir Moulson — January 20, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich Archdiocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s.

US official latest to comment on NBA owner’s dismissal of Uyghur genocide

By Joseph Hammond — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Nury Turkel, an official with USCIRF, has condemned recent statements from Palihapitiya, a billionaire venture capitalist and a small stakeholder in the Golden State Warriors’ NBA franchise. 

Omicron is taking a toll on pagans, who depend on conferences for community

By Heather Greene — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — The pandemic has also threatened the financial viability of conferences and festivals.

Synagogues forced to balance welcoming the stranger with protecting their own

By Yonat Shimron — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — In the aftermath of the Colleyville standoff, many security experts say protecting synagogue buildings may mean locked doors, hired guards, cameras and intercom systems.

Three members of ACNA response team resign from overseeing abuse investigation

By Kathryn Post — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — The move comes days after the response team named a firm to lead the investigation.

Afghanistan tops Open Doors watch list of worst countries for Christians

By Adelle M. Banks — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Across the globe, Open Doors found that there has been a 24% increase in Christians killed because of their faith.

As Congress debates, Black Baptist leader calls denial of voting rights ‘evil’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — Regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill, the PNBC leaders said they plan to lobby Congress in March and register voters weekly in their congregations and communities.

Pope Francis attacked cancel culture. It sounds better than ‘ideological colonization.’

By Claire Giangravé — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — In a recent speech the pope revived his criticism of rich countries that force their values on poorer nations, erasing their local cultures and traditions.

Red Lip Theology: Candice Benbow’s love letter to Black women in the Black church

By Adelle M. Banks — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — Benbow says Black churches have tended to ‘center Black men and their truths and realities at the expense of women and girls.’

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

By Jay Reeves — January 17, 2022
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The announcement about the donation from the Lilly Endowment was timed to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday on Monday.

Cold case team shines new light on betrayal of Anne Frank

By Mike Corder — January 17, 2022
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A cold case team that combed through evidence for five years in a bid to unravel one of World War II’s enduring mysteries has reached what it calls the “most likely scenario” of who betrayed Jewish teenage diarist Anne Frank and her family. Their answer, outlined in a new book called “The […]

On MLK Day, King III implores Senate to act on voting rights

By Michael Warren and Jeff Martin — January 17, 2022
ATLANTA (AP) — A day before the U.S. Senate was expected to take up significant legislation on voting rights that is looking likely to fail, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s eldest son condemned federal lawmakers over their inaction. Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Martin Luther King III said though he was marking the federal holiday […]

Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

By Jake Bleiberg, Eric Tucker, and Jamie Stengle — January 17, 2022
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told 'CBS Mornings' that he let the gunman inside the suburban Fort Worth synagogue Saturday because he appeared to need shelter.

As rabbi was held hostage, interfaith colleagues gathered to help end the standoff

By Yonat Shimron — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — The congregation’s rabbi is particularly well connected to the larger interfaith community and on good terms with many Muslim leaders.
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