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Demi Lovato’s fusing of the sacred and the profane is part evolution, part miracle

By Da'Shawn Mosley — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — Lovato knows how it feels to break the tenets of conventional society while all eyes are on you.

Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland dies at age 95

By Associated Press — August 23, 2022
(AP) – The liberal archbishop, who pushed for social justice and spoke openly about his struggles with being gay, has died at age 95, according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Second attack on Gandhi statue will be investigated as a hate crime, NYPD says

By Richa Karmarkar — August 19, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — In the second incident of vandalism in less than two weeks, a Gandhi statue outside of Shri Tulsi Mandir was toppled and defaced in what police are now investigating as a targeted hate crime.

Climate protesters target the Vatican’s Laocoon statue

By Associated Press — August 19, 2022
ROME (AP) — The protesters are demanding the Italian government increase its solar and wind power and stop exploring for natural gas and reopening old coal mines in Italy.

Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case

By Michael Rezendes — August 19, 2022
(AP) - The church has filed a legal motion asking Cardinal to delay implementing her order until it contests her findings with the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Police: Death toll in Afghan capital mosque bombing now 21

By Rahim Faiez and Ebrahim Noroozi — August 19, 2022
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The mosque bombing comes just two days after the anniversary of the fall of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021.

Attack on Rushdie shows divisions among Lebanese Shiites

By Bassem Mroue — August 17, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — The religious edict, or fatwa, urging Muslims to kill Rushdie was issued in 1989 by Iran's then-spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who accused the author of blasphemy for his portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in the novel 'The Satanic Verses.'

Lag in slavery reparations from US Jesuits irks descendants

By Deepa Bharath — August 16, 2022
(AP) – In a publicly released letter to the head of the U.S. branch of Jesuits, Jesuit leader Joseph Stewart expressed dissatisfaction with the progress made since last year's pledge to raise $100 million for a reconciliation initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Catholic order.

What stabbed Salman Rushdie?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — This was not only an attack on an author. It was an attack on culture and civilization itself.

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

By Jon Gambrell — August 15, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rushdie was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

Albuquerque Muslims help bid to keep killings suspect jailed

By Susan Montoya Bryan — August 12, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Syed was arrested late Monday more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from his Albuquerque home.

Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called “mission” during funeral

By Associated Press — August 12, 2022
GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke about Walorski’s work as a Christian missionary in Romania with her husband, as the director of a local humane society and as a television news reporter before entering politics.

Amy Spitalnick, who took on neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, is moving to Bend the Arc

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — In November, Spitalnick will become CEO of the left-leaning organization that blends community organizing, political advocacy and leadership training.

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

By Mariam Fam and Stefanie Dazio — August 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Earlier this week, police confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers were looking for possible ties among the separate crimes.

Nicaragua police investigating bishop critical of government

By Gabriela Selser — August 8, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The police statement Friday said the investigation would include a number of people and warned that they would not be allowed to leave their homes while the investigation was carried out.
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