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Voting rights demonstration leads to faith leaders’ arrests outside White House

By Jack Jenkins — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Among the detained were the Rev. Jamal Bryant, Rabbi David Saperstein and actress Alyssa Milano.
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Jill Biden celebrates ‘prayer partner’ who reinvigorated her faith

By Jack Jenkins — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — 'When she spoke, it was as if God was saying to me: ‘Okay Jill, you’ve had enough time. It’s time to come home,’' Biden said of prayer partner Robin Jackson.

New poll reveals how much we presume about Muslim Americans’ politics

By Simran Jeet Singh — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — Two decades after 9/11, Americans are still getting to know their Muslim neighbors. New data may help.

Border dispatches: Mayor says local crime rate hides citizens’ values

By Doug Pagitt — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A 3,200-mile bike ride along the U.S.-Mexico border to see what America’s immigration policy looks like in action.

It’s official: Rumored October meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is confirmed

By Jack Jenkins — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — It won’t be the first time the two have met, but it will be the first since Biden became president.

In remote Himalayan India, Buddhist monks and Indigenous tribe fight government hydropower projects

By Priyadarshini Sen — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Buddhist monks have united with the nomadic Monpa to protest projects that could destroy the monasteries, hot springs and temples that dot the snow-capped Himalayan region.

Archbishop of the military defends those who refuse vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — More than 90% of active-duty Navy personnel and more than 81% of Army and Air Force personnel have already gotten the shots.

Why the Senate must fast-track Biden’s nominee on religious freedom

By David Curry — October 13, 2021
(Open Doors) — While Rashad Hussain’s confirmation waits, millions are persecuted for their faith.

Survey: ‘Great replacement’ belief correlates with Christian nationalist views

By Jack Jenkins — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — The 'great replacement' theory is popular among white nationalists.

The last casualty of 9/11: Speaking up for Muslim political prisoners

By Omar Suleiman — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — For two decades, Muslims' will to seek justice for political prisoners has been muted.

For Natives, land is sacred. Why aren’t we protecting their religious freedom?

By Billie Jo Kipp — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — If we aren’t able to expand our understanding of religion and get clear on who we are protecting, we will continue to leave people and communities behind.

Pope Francis meets with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican

By Paul O'Donnell — October 9, 2021
(RNS) — The meeting came as American Catholic bishops consider how to press the church’s teaching against abortion in the face of an avowedly pro-choice Democratic administration.

Thomas Jefferson’s Quran to visit Dubai Expo 2020

By Joseph Hammond — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — The historic English-language Quran has never traveled outside the United States.
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