Vatican, other faith leaders join in push for end of death penalty in Louisiana

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We think that the clearing of Louisiana’s death row would be a monumental step towards the abolition of the death penalty,’ Vatican agency head said.

How college can be a pathway to making Muslims more welcome

By Musbah Shaheen, Matthew J. Mayhew, Christa Winkler, and Alyssa Rockenbach — September 28, 2023
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Spokane City Council denounces mayor for appearance with Christian nationalists

By Cassy Benefield — September 27, 2023
SPOKANE, Wash. (FāVS News) — Local religious leaders were troubled by Sean Feucht’s Christian nationalist ties. But it was the mayor’s appearance on stage praying with former lawmaker Matt Shea that took up more space in the city council’s resolution.

AME Bishop Silvester Beaman named chair of White House council on African engagement

By Adelle M. Banks — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Bishop Beaman’s extensive experience and deep roots in Africa will enable him to lead the Council to achieve its full potential,’ the White House said.

Religious liberty is becoming a go-to right for everyone

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — A legal strategy pioneered by the right has been adopted by the left.

Faith-based resettlement orgs celebrate moves to maintain refugee cap

By Jack Jenkins — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — The groups celebrated keeping the ceiling at 125,000 but noted the administration has yet to come close to meeting that ceiling.

Greek court: Orthodox students cannot be exempted from religion classes

By David I. Klein — September 26, 2023
ISTANBUL (RNS) — Even exemptions in which non-Orthodox Christian students state their beliefs, the Greek Council of State ruled, did not violate human rights or European Union privacy laws. 

India has to be held accountable in Sikh’s death in Canada

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — A rash of killings of Sikhs has the look of extrajudicial murders.

We are defeating global poverty. Congress could set us back.

By David Beckmann — September 25, 2023
(RNS) — Far-right Republicans are insisting on deep cuts in domestic and international poverty programs — though we have ample evidence both are working.

The increasingly perilous lot of the pilgrim shows us all the path on climate

By Marqus Cole — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — People of faith can help bend the curve on emissions.

Congress needs to live up to its Christian protestations

By John Stowe — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — Do we really want Christian values to prevail?

Belly dancers, terrorists or taxi drivers: Arab American comedians spoof stereotypes

By Fiona André — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — The Arab American Comedy Festival is launching a 10-month tour as the event turns 20.

Canada gets muted allied support after alleging India may have been involved in killing of Canadian

By Rob Gillies — September 21, 2023
TORONTO (AP) — None of Canada’s most important allies — not the U.S., Britain, Australia or New Zealand, all knitted tightly together in the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance — echoed Trudeau’s allegations.

Riding a wave of converts, one group aims to fuse Orthodoxy with Southern values

By Meagan Saliashvili — September 19, 2023
TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — At the group’s inaugural event, the majority of attendees appeared to represent the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, though few were ‘cradle’ Orthodox Christians.
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