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Modi’s anti-Muslim rhetoric taps into Hindu replacement fears that trace back to colonial India

By Archana Venkatesh — May 20, 2024
(The Conversation) — The Indian prime minister made reference to communities that have “too many children” in a veiled reference to Muslims.
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United Methodists scrap their anti-gay bans. A woman who defied them seeks reinstatement as pastor

By David Crary, Peter Smith, and Holly Meyer — May 16, 2024
(AP) — Earlier this month, delegates at a United Methodist Church conference struck down the UMC’s longstanding anti-LGBTQ policies and created a path for clergy ousted because of them to seek reinstatement.

Why the speech by Kansas City Chiefs kicker was embraced at Benedictine College’s commencement

By Peter Smith and Heather Hollingsworth — May 16, 2024
(AP) — The fast-growing college is part of a constellation of conservative Catholic colleges that tout their adherence to church teachings and practice — part of a larger conservative movement in parts of the U.S. Catholic Church.

A Palestinian converted to Judaism. An Israeli soldier saw him as a threat and opened fire

By Jack Jeffery — May 16, 2024
JERUSALEM (AP) — In his final moments, David Ben-Avraham was once again viewed as a Palestinian who was in the wrong place, at a time of widespread anger and suspicion.

Bishop T.D. Jakes subject of AI-generated misinformation, says fact-finding website

By Adelle M. Banks — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — A false rumor of Jakes’ resignation was ‘latest chapter in a months-old series of videos — many at least partially created with the assistance of artificial-intelligence tools,’ reported Snopes.

Vatican conference on ‘climate resilience’ is the latest in a long line of environment initiatives by Pope Francis and the Catholic Church – 5 essential reads

By Molly Jackson — May 14, 2024
(The Conversation) — Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders committed to raising awareness of environmental issues draw on centuries of tradition.

Asian Jewish Americans have a double reason to celebrate their heritage in May

By Samira Mehta — May 14, 2024
(The Conversation) — This month marks Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as well as Jewish American Heritage Month.

Lawsuit alleges religious coercion through meditation in Chicago Public Schools

By Richa Karmarkar — May 13, 2024
(RNS) — Chicago public high school students allege they were coerced into participating in a Hindu puja ceremony as part of a multiyear study of Transcendental Meditation's ability to reduce crime from University of Chicago's Urban Labs and the David Lynch Foundation.

Jesuit scientist who bridged faith and science recounted in PBS documentary

By Thomas Reese — May 13, 2024
(RNS) — It is not surprising that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an eminent paleontologist, got himself in trouble with church officials and his Jesuit superiors.

India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in killing of a Sikh separatist leader

By Ashok Sharma — May 10, 2024
NEW DELHI (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had set off a diplomatic spat with India last September when he cited “credible allegations” of India’s involvement in the slaying of the Sikh separatist.

Schumer announces more security funding for houses of worship after synagogue threats

By Richa Karmarkar — May 6, 2024
(RNS) — According to recent NYPD data, anti-Jewish hate crimes have skyrocketed by 45% this year.

A Holocaust survivor will mark that history differently after the horrors of Oct. 7

By Melanie Lidman — May 6, 2024
KIBBUTZ MEFALSIM, Israel (AP) — While Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, tries to steer clear of politics, its ceremony this year includes an empty yellow chair in solidarity with the Israeli hostages still held in Gaza.

Netanyahu uses Holocaust ceremony to brush off international pressure against Gaza offensive

By Melanie Lidman — May 6, 2024
JERUSALEM (AP) — The ceremony ushered in Israel’s first Holocaust remembrance day since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack that sparked the war, imbuing the already somber day with additional meaning.
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