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Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

By Associated Press — June 14, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis called for an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray, the return of social harmony and for 'all food aid and health care assistance to be guaranteed.'

EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel’s new government?

By Joseph Krauss — June 14, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — The next government, which will be led by the ultranationalist Naftali Bennett, has vowed to chart a new course aimed at healing the country's divisions and restoring a sense of normalcy.

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new leader?

By Joseph Krauss — June 14, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Bennett represents a third generation of Israeli leaders, after the founders of the state and Netanyahu's generation.

China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin

By Associated Press — June 12, 2021
BEIJING (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing Washington of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State […]

At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the 'points of tension' it has to manage, its chair said.

Zahid Quraishi confirmed as first Muslim federal judge

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — The US Army veteran has been assigned to a federal district court in New Jersey.

Photos of the Week: Belgium hunger strike; SBC tension

By Kit Doyle — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes a hunger strike in Belgium, tension before the Southern Baptist Convention meeting and more. 

German Cardinal’s resignation, refused by pope, reinvigorates church reform

By Claire Giangravé — June 11, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — For lay organizers of the controversial Synodal Path in Germany, Cardinal Marx’s resignation strengthened their efforts.

Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations

By Bob Smietana — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — SBC leaders have been accused of trying to delay attempts to deal with abuse and of mistreating abuse survivors.

Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals.

Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — What fans of the popular show may not realize is that Nightbirde's performance came from a place of deep faith.

What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Alejandra Molina — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — A rapidly escalating theological debate is liable to yield few clear answers.

Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.

New e-prayer rug offers digital support to Muslim prayer

By Joseph Hammond — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — To help guide new and young Muslims, the rug uses voice prompts and an LED display that shows the correct postures of prayer.

‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse

By Bob Smietana, Adelle M. Banks — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — Recordings released by a prominent pastor highlight dispute over how to handle abuse allegations in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
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