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Pope in headdress stirs deep emotions in Indian Country

By Anita Snow — July 27, 2022
(AP) - Some members of Indigenous tribes said they found the gesture incongruous with the past transgressions at church-run schools that Francis apologized for.

A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

NYPD: Preacher, wife robbed of $1M in jewelry during sermon

By Michael R. Sisak — July 26, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — Three robbers showed guns and demanded property from Miller-Whitehead and his wife, Asia K. DosReis-Whitehead, police said.

Tribal leaders, members react to pope’s apology on schools

By Associated Press — July 26, 2022
MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — He expressed sorrow over the schools' systemic marginalization, denigration and suppression of Indigenous people, languages and culture.

Turkey’s Erdogan rails at Greece over Muslim minority rights

By Associated Press — July 25, 2022
ISTANBUL (AP) — Erdogan accused Athens of undermining the rights of the Muslim minority in Greece’s Thrace region.

Saudi police arrest man who helped Israeli sneak into Mecca

By Aya Batrawy and Abdullah Al-shihri — July 25, 2022
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The public backlash over television reporter Gil Tamary’s visit was immediate on social media, with Muslims and Saudis expressing their anger over his deception and apparent disregard for the sanctity of the site.

Catholic hospitals’ growth impacts reproductive health care

By David Crary and Susan Haigh — July 25, 2022
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Concerns in blue states pertain to such services as contraception, sterilization and certain procedures for handling pregnancy emergencies.

What the Bible actually says about abortion may surprise you

By Melanie A. Howard — July 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — Faith can inform opinions about abortion on both sides of the political debate, but the Bible itself says nothing directly about the topic, a biblical scholar explains.

UN court to rule on jurisdiction in Rohingya genocide case

By Mike Corder — July 22, 2022
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers representing Myanmar argued in February that the case should be tossed out because the world court only hears cases between states and the Rohingya complaint was brought by Gambia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Utah’s Pioneer Day celebrates Mormons’ trek west – but there’s a lot more to the history of Latter-day Saints and migration

By Jeffrey Turner — July 22, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Utah holiday is a reflection of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ slowly changing identity, a historian of Mormonism and migration writes.

Israel aims to stop Russian move against Jewish nonprofit

By Associated Press — July 22, 2022
JERUSALEM (AP) — Yair Lapid’s decision came after a spokeswoman for a Moscow District Court was quoted as saying that Russia’s Justice Ministry aims to “shut down” the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency.

Vatican puts brakes on German church reform proposals

By Associated Press — July 21, 2022
ROME (AP) — The statement marked the second time the Holy See has weighed in publicly to rein in progressives in Germany.

Vatican says they’re gifts; Indigenous groups want them back

By Nicole Winfield — July 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Indigenous groups from Canada, who were shown a few items in the collection when they traveled to the Vatican last spring to meet with Francis, question how some of the works were actually acquired and wonder what else may be in storage after decades of not being on public display.

UN slams killings, rights abuses under Afghanistan’s Taliban

By Rahim Faiez — July 21, 2022
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The report said as many as 700 people have been killed and 1,400 wounded since mid-August 2021, when the Taliban overran the Afghan capital of Kabul.

US rabbi reviving Jewish roots in her family’s Italian town

By Frances D'emilio — July 20, 2022
SERRASTRETTA, Italy (AP) — Ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York, she served at a synagogue in Florida for a few years before moving to Italy, where she first worked as a rabbi in Milan from 2004-2005.
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