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Bison’s relocation to Native lands revives a spiritual bond

By Bobby Ross Jr. — November 22, 2022
(AP) — Decades after the last bison vanished from their tribal lands, the Cherokee Nation is part of a resurgence of Indigenous people seeking to reconnect with the animals.

Trial resumes for suspects in 2015 Bangkok shrine bombing

By Tassanee Vejpongsa — November 22, 2022
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Tuesday resumed the long-delayed trial of two members of China's Muslim Uyghur minority accused of carrying out a 2015 bombing at a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people.

Pope visits immigrant father’s hometown for birthday party

By Associated Press — November 21, 2022
PORTACOMARO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis made a rare personal getaway Saturday to his father’s birthplace in northern Italy for the first time since ascending the papacy to celebrate the 90th birthday of a family member.

Feared ritual dancers in Zimbabwe try to revamp public image

By Farai Mutsaka — November 18, 2022
(AP) — Performers of the Gule Wamkulu, or “the great barefoot dance,” are seeking to counter such negative impressions and rehabilitate the group’s reputation in society.

Antisemitic graffiti in DC suburb seen as part of a trend

By Ashraf Khalil — November 18, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — Violently antisemitic graffiti along a popular walking trail is part of a rising tide of anti-Jewish vandalism and activity dating back a decade, according to local Jewish leaders.

Italy church says 600 sex abuse cases sent to Vatican

By Nicole Winfield — November 18, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy’s Catholic bishops provided their first accounting of clergy sexual abuse and revealed Thursday that more than 600 cases from Italy were on file at the Vatican since 2000.

Bullet holes found at building next to old German synagogue

By Associated Press — November 18, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — Four bullet holes were found in the door of a former rabbi's residence that adjoins an old synagogue in the German city of Essen.

New cemetery chapel honors victims of synagogue attack

By Peter Smith — November 17, 2022
SHALER, Pa. (AP) — What had been an outbuilding at the cemetery of New Light Congregation has been transformed into a chapel with stained glass windows and other mementos honoring victims of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

US Catholic bishops worry about abortion views in the pews

By Peter Smith — November 17, 2022
BALTIMORE (AP) — Even as they signaled a continued hardline stance on opposing abortion and same-sex marriage, the nation’s Catholic bishops acknowledged Wednesday that they’re struggling to reach a key audience: their own flock. The members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops rounded out their leadership bench during the last day of public sessions […]

Culture clash? Conservative Qatar preps for World Cup party

By Isabel Debre — November 17, 2022
(AP) — A clash of values has already erupted in Qatar, a conservative Muslim emirate that restricts alcohol, bans drugs and suppresses free speech, as it prepares to welcome possibly rowdy crowds for the first World Cup in the Middle East.

Americans who aren’t sure about God are a fast-growing force in politics – and they’re typically even more politically active than white evangelicals

By Ryan Burge — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — Winning elections isn’t just a matter of how many players you have. It’s how engaged they are.

Atheist churches and the ‘sacred flower of cannabis’: Americans find spirituality in new places

By Morgan Shipley — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — America’s religious landscape is getting more diverse as people find new ways of expressing spirituality.

What is the rosary? Why a set of beads and prayers are central to Catholic faith

By Kayla Harris — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — Rosaries are meant to be used wherever, whenever – and each one tells a story.

Not all Asian Americans vote Democratic — and the political leanings of different Asian ethnic groups vary

By Sumit Ganguly and Steven Webster — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — The fastest-growing U.S. racial group, Asian Americans form an increasingly important voting bloc.

Pope calls female genital mutilation a crime that must stop

By Nicole Winfield — November 7, 2022
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Asked about unrest in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by morality police, Francis instead denounced women's status as second-class citizens or worse in many cultures.
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