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Christmas in Bethlehem: Gilded treasures, but few tourists

By Ilan Ben Zion — November 19, 2021
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Ahead of Christmas, a towering wooden screen — once blackened with soot from millions of worshippers’ candles — is being restored to its gilded glory in the Church of the Nativity, built at the site where many believe Jesus was born. But few visitors are expected to see it during […]

Philippine church leader charged with child sex trafficking

By Robert Jablon — November 19, 2021
Apollo Carreon Quiboloy is accused of recruiting women and girls, typically 12 to 25 years old, as “pastorals” who cooked his meals, cleaned his houses, massaged him and traveled with him around the world.

Black pastors rally outside trial over Arbery’s killing

By Jeffrey Collins — November 19, 2021
Many carried signs reading, “Black pastors matter,” and some wore buttons with Ahmaud Arbery’s picture and the hashtag they were using for the case, “#JusticeForAhmaud.”

Kardashian West helps fly Afghan women soccer players to UK

By Jill Lawless and David Keyton — November 18, 2021
A plane chartered by the reality star and carrying more than 30 teenage players and their families, about 130 people in all, landed at Stansted Airport near London.

Cologne Catholic church holds penance service on sex abuse

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Daniel Niemann — November 18, 2021
The German Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse reports has caused a crisis in Cologne, where the archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, has taken a “spiritual timeout" on the advice of Pope Francis.

Maryland gov offers $100K for information on church killing

By Associated Press — November 18, 2021
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The 69-year-old grandmother's death inside an East Baltimore church "has shaken city residents and community leaders to the core," Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said in a news release.

Hate speech in Myanmar continues to thrive on Facebook

By Sam McNeil and Victoria Milko — November 18, 2021
Three years ago, Facebook pledged to do better and developed several tools and policies to deal with hate speech. But the company still has problems detecting and moderating hate speech and misinformation on its platform in Myanmar.

What Americans hear about social justice at church – and what they do about it

By R. Khari Brown and Ronald Brown — November 18, 2021
(The Conversation) — Race, politics and religion have a long and tangled history in the US. And it all comes together each week in sermons across the country.

What Americans can learn from other cultures about the language of gratitude

By Jeremy David Engels and Elaine Hsieh — November 18, 2021
(The Conversation) — Cultures around the world say ‘thank yous’ in many different ways. Two communication scholars explain what these expressions can reveal to us.

Texas abortion ban stays in force as justices mull outcome

By Mark Sherman — November 17, 2021
They raised expectations of quick action by putting the case on a rarely used fast track. And yet, to date, the court's silence means that women cannot get an abortion in Texas, the second-largest state, after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Britain’s Prince Charles pays royal visit to Jordan

By Associated Press — November 16, 2021
Charles and his wife, Camilla, met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania before traveling to the Christian holy site of Maghtas.

Proud Boys leader seeks release, citing DC jail conditions

By Michael Kunzelman and Ashraf Khalil — November 16, 2021
Tarrio asked that his sentence be reduced or that he be allowed to finish it under house arrest because he claims he has been harassed by correctional officers and exposed to inhumane jail conditions.

Despite mistrust, Afghan Shiites seek Taliban protection

By Lee Keath — November 16, 2021
The Taliban, Sunni hard-liners who for decades targeted the Hazaras as heretics, are now their only protection against a more brutal enemy: the Islamic State group.

What is Zakat? A scholar of Islam explains

By Iqbal Akhtar — November 16, 2021
(The Conversation) — Zakat, or charity, is a fundamental practice within the Islamic faith.

How 2 Jewish soldiers’ court-martials put a spotlight on antisemitism and racism

By Jeannette Gabriel — November 15, 2021
(The Conversation) — Alton Levy may not be a household name today, but his court-martial put a spotlight on unequal treatment in the military.
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