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Co-workers could bear costs of accommodating religious employees in the workplace if Supreme Court tosses out 46-year-old precedent
By Debbie Kaminer — May 15, 2023
(The Conversation) — The Supreme Court appears poised to change the definition of ‘undue hardship’ so that employers have to accommodate more of workers’ religious requests.
Meditative mothering? How Buddhism honors both compassionate caregiving and celibate monks and nuns
By Liz Wilson — May 12, 2023
(The Conversation) — The lines between family life and Buddhist monasticism are not so ‘either/or’ as they might seem.
From Kali to Mary to Neopagan goddesses, religions revere motherhood in sometimes unexpected ways
By Alyssa Beall — May 11, 2023
(The Conversation) — Mother figures from faith traditions around the world reflect many different ways of thinking about the divine.
Catholic, Coptic Orthodox popes offer joint Vatican blessing
By Nicole Winfield — May 10, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tawadros, the Coptic Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, joined Francis on the stage for the entirety of Francis’ weekly general audience.
How Mexico City’s mural movement transformed walls into art
By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — May 10, 2023
MEXICO CITY (AP) — It is no coincidence that muralism was born in this place.
Archbishop of Canterbury: UK migration bill is morally wrong
By Sylvia Hui — May 10, 2023
LONDON (AP) — The legislation bars asylum claims by anyone who reaches the U.K. by unauthorized means, and compels officials to deport refugees and migrants 'to their home country or a safe third country.' Once deported, they would be banned from ever re-entering the U.K.
The end of an era for the Sisters of Charity of New York
By Luis Andres Henao — May 9, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — They will no longer accept new members, and are now on a 'path to completion.'
Ousted Caritas chief denounces Vatican ‘power grab’
By Nicole Winfield — May 9, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the organization readies to elect his successor, the deposed chief of the Catholic aid group broke his silence, saying the Vatican’s decision to fire 'discredited the church and one of its jewels'.
White Lotus Day celebrates the ‘founding mother of occult in America,’ Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
By Marina Alexandrova — May 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theosophy and its founders had an outsize impact on Americans’ ideas about spirituality and Asian religions.
Pope seeks to encourage abuse prevention board amid turmoil
By Nicole Winfield — May 8, 2023
ROME (AP) —The move follows weeks of turmoil sparked by the latest resignation of a founding member.
Anti-Muslim Twitter feed in Spain: ‘A recipe for disaster’
By David Klepper — May 8, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-right nationalists in Spain are using social media to stir up anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant fervor.
Kenyan pastor suspected in cult deaths to remain jailed
By Evelyne Musambi — May 8, 2023
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The pastor faces possible terror-related charges in the deaths of more than 100 his congregants, many of whom are believed to have starved to death.
Ancient Knights of Malta get their 1st non-aristocratic head
By Nicole Winfield — May 5, 2023
ROME (AP) — John Dunlap was born in Ottawa and practices law in New York. He found his vocation to the Knights in the 1980s while volunteering with AIDS patients at the Cardinal Cooke Medical Center in Harlem, where he has continued to volunteer.
The real priest behind ‘The Pope’s Exorcist’ was a fan of Hollywood horror films
By Joseph P. Laycock — May 5, 2023
(The Conversation) — How did blockbuster horror films such as ‘The Exorcist’ help the church warm to the controversial ritual?
Pope speaks of secret peace ‘mission,’ help for Ukraine kids
By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — 'There’s a mission that’s not public that’s underway; when it’s public I’ll talk about it', the pope said.