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Thích Nhất Hạnh, Zen master who preached compassion and nonviolence, dies

By Ira Rifkin — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — The Vietnamese Buddhist monk, described as 'the second most famous Buddhist in the world, after the Dalai Lama,' by one expert, founded a worldwide network of monastic centers.
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Illinois marks ‘Muhammad Ali Day’ as boxer’s legacy continues

By Joseph Hammond — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — The date chosen, Ali’s birthday, happens to fall this year on the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Desmond Tutu: Politician or saint?

By Michael Battle — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — The archbishop who helped South Africa end apartheid was often accused of wielding worldly power.

Last parent of a child killed in 1963 church bombing dies

By Associated Press — January 3, 2022
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Maxine McNair, the last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing, died Sunday. She was 93. McNair’s family announced her death in a press release. A cause of death was not given. McNair’s daughter, 11-year-old Denise McNair, was the youngest girl killed […]

Tutu remains interred amid call to rename Cape Town airport

By Andrew Meldrum — January 3, 2022
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The remains of Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, were interred early Sunday during a private family service at the city’s Anglican cathedral. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba laid a small box containing Tutu’s remains to rest in the floor in front of the high […]

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: father of South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’

By P. Pratap Kumar — December 28, 2021
(The Conversation) — Archbishop Tutu earned the respect and love of millions of South Africans and the world.

Gene Robinson, 1st gay bishop in US, remembers Tutu’s generosity

By Holly Ramer — December 27, 2021
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — In the foreword to Robinson's book, the South African archbishop apologized for the “cruelty and injustice” the LGBTQ community had suffered at the hands of fellow Anglicans.

Russell Moore defamation lawsuit withdrawn by Georgia pastor Mike Stone

By Bob Smietana — December 11, 2021
(RNS) — For now, the legal battle between the two high-profile evangelical leaders is over.

Jewish philanthropist Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 stolen antiquities

By Yonat Shimron — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — In return, Steinhardt, co-founder of Birthright Israel, an organization that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel, will not face criminal charges for illegally smuggling the items.

Ilhan Omar named ‘American Muslim Public Servant of 2021’ by CAIR

By Joseph Hammond — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — In her acceptance speech, Omar acknowledged it had been a ‘very difficult week’ as the political feud between her and Rep. Lauren Boebert continued to draw headlines.

Rachael Denhollander named Calvin University’s 2021 Kuyper Prize recipient

By Kathryn Post — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — The prize comes with $10,000 and will be awarded at Calvin University on Dec. 15.

Atheists find community on YouTube — and in person

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Three YouTube creators share how the platform has helped them share their personal stories and open up discussions on science and religious myths.
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