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Violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque leads to rocket fire, air strikes between Hamas and Israel

By Michele Chabin — May 10, 2021
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Reports of 20 dead in Gaza, hundreds injured as skirmishes over Jewish-Arab land claims threaten to ignite regional violence in the Middle East.

US hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church head after Tigray warning

By Cara Anna — May 10, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It was not clear whether the patriarch requested protection from the U.S. and the embassy did not comment on that.

RNS News Quiz: A Ramadan fast breaker and Catholic nuns’ new app

By Emily Churchill — May 8, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque; 53 hurt

By Joseph Krauss — May 7, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) —The clashes erupted when Israeli police deployed heavily as Muslims were performing evening prayers at Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan.

Vatican denounces UK laws regulating immigration, calls for ‘a wider we’

By Claire Giangravé — May 6, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — During a news conference announcing the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, speakers criticized recent moves made by United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson to regulate the influx of immigrants in the country.

Politicizing Biden’s faith is pastoral malpractice

By John Gehring — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.

Catholic bishops who want to deny Biden Communion may have to reckon with the pope

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé — May 5, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — When polled in November 2020, most Catholics opposed denying Communion to politicians simply because they support abortion rights.

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — The bishops’ conference denying Communion to Biden is about as likely as the National Governors Association impeaching the president.

As COVID-19 swamps India, decision to allow Kumbh Mela’s crowds is scrutinized

By Bhavya Dore — May 3, 2021
MUMBAI (RNS) — As COVID-19 infections rise, the local and national governments' decision to allow the Kumbh Mela is being scrutinized as a sign of the BJP-led government favoring Hindu beliefs over safety.

Philanthropists and politicians: Religion is not a problem to solve, it’s a partnership opportunity

By Michael Wear — May 3, 2021
(RNS) —  It is certainly within the rights of philanthropic and political institutions to 'not do religion,' but such an approach undermines any meaningful, holistic commitment to community or place-based humanitarian efforts in much of this country.

Evangelicals are losing their climate skepticism

By Mark Silk — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — No wonder the pushback on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda has thus far been minimal.

US Catholic bishops may press Biden to stop taking Communion

By David Crary — April 28, 2021
(AP) — At issue is a document coming from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine clarifying the church’s stance on an issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops.

New players add volatility in Jerusalem tensions

By Josef Federman — April 26, 2021
(AP) — The fate of Jerusalem and its holy sites is one of the most explosive issues in the conflict.

Obama faith adviser accuses Trump counterpart of laying spiritual groundwork for Capitol insurrection

By Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The chickens came home to roost on Jan. 6,’ said Joshua DuBois, faith adviser to Barack Obama, in an exchange with Johnnie Moore, an evangelical Christian adviser to Donald Trump.

A guilty verdict for Chauvin shouldn’t have required a global uprising

By Andre Henry — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — If this is success, we are still accepting an incredibly high bar to get basic accountability we should expect.
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