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Bishop Vashti McKenzie on leading National Council of Churches as it nears 75 years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I think that the difference, at this point, is that I am adding activism to advocacy,’ she said as she became NCC president after serving as interim leader.
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Pope speaks of secret peace ‘mission,’ help for Ukraine kids

By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — 'There’s a mission that’s not public that’s underway; when it’s public I’ll talk about it', the pope said.

Holy Land Christians say attacks rising in far-right Israel

By Isabel Debre — April 14, 2023
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The uptick in anti-Christian incidents comes as the Israeli settler movement, galvanized by its allies in government, appears to have seized the moment to expand its enterprise in the contested capital.

After unrest at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel curtails freedom of worship for Christians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 13, 2023
(RNS) — Negotiations between church officials and the Israeli police have broken down.

Can ecumenism survive some Orthodox churches’ resistance to ordained women?

By Anna Piela — April 13, 2023
(RNS) — The issue of female ordination is threatening to define the future of ecumenism and Orthodoxy at large.

Church: Israel limiting rights of ‘Holy Fire’ worshippers

By Laurie Kellman and Audrey Horowitz — April 12, 2023
JERUSALEM (AP) — The chief superintendent of the Jerusalem District Police told reporters that the police's top priority is safety on a day when Muslims, Christians and Jews are celebrating their own holidays in the square-kilometer (square-half mile) Old City.

Ukrainians celebrate Palm Sunday in church marred by dispute

By Samya Kullab — April 10, 2023
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians marked Palm Sunday in the country’s most revered Orthodox site that has been at the heart of a religious dispute playing out in parallel with Russia's war on Ukraine.

Ukrainian court puts an Orthodox leader under house arrest

By Karl Ritter and Elena Becatoros — April 2, 2023
(RNS) — Ukraine's top security agency said Metropolitan Pavel, the abbott of a famed Orthodox monastery, was suspected of justifying Russian aggression, a criminal offense. It was the latest move in a bitter dispute over .

Study: Religious attendance dips slightly after pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — The study found the share of U.S. adults who generally say they attend religious services at least once a month dropped from 33% in 2019, before the COVID-19 outbreak, to 30% in 2022.

‘Prayer is our only weapon’: Monks at Kyiv monastery resist planned eviction

By Meagan Saliashvili — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — The monastery’s fate has been in question since Russia’s invasion in February 2022 has brought a series of crackdowns on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has historical ties to Moscow.

Faith leaders urge Biden to sign executive order for reparations study by Juneteenth

By Adelle M. Banks — March 1, 2023
(RNS) — They urged Biden to base an order on the structure of H.R. 40, legislation proposed for decades that has yet to pass on Capitol Hill.

A US rabbi bears witness to the trauma in Ukraine one year after Russian invasion

By Yonat Shimron — February 24, 2023
(RNS) — Rabbi Charles Feinberg joined an interfaith delegation that traveled to Kyiv and its surroundings where they saw leveled buildings, displaced people's centers and evidence of human rights abuses and atrocities.

Debates over sacred images in the Byzantine Empire show why it’s hard to appease any side

By Paroma Chatterjee — February 23, 2023
(The Conversation) — Fierce debates about visual depictions of the sacred have existed for centuries. An art historian explains the controversies in the Byzantine Empire over images of Christ.
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