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Digitizing sacred spaces: How COVID-19 fueled innovation of Hindu ritual websites

By Dheepa Sundaram — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has led to a boom in innovative digital ritual applications.

Faith groups increasingly join fight against climate change

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — November 2, 2021
POINTE-AUX-CHENES, Louisiana (AP) — On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors’ south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will disappear. He points to the partly submerged stumps of oak trees killed by salt water on […]

Zimbabwean nonprofit promotes ‘God’s way’ of farming

By Kathryn Post — October 27, 2021
(RNS) — Foundations for Farming has helped Zimbabwe experience its first food surplus in two decades.

Calvin University to add school of health with $15 million gift

By Yonat Shimron — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — The 145-year-old school already offers a nursing degree and several health-related majors. It will expand on those and offer three new health-related master's degrees by 2022.

NIH head Collins steps down, led fight against cancer, COVID

By Dino Hazell — October 5, 2021
Collins said he was ‘grateful and proud of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day.’

Pope to lawmakers: Climate change requires quick consensus

By Frances D'emilio — October 11, 2021
The pope addressed parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting before the U.N's annual climate conference, which begins in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 31.

Want to regain young people’s trust? Start treating the earth, and life, as sacred

By Norman Wirzba — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our government and business leaders are failing young people by not acting out of the conviction that this world and all its life are sacred and, thus, worthy of our protection and care.

The relaxing and tingly world of Christian ASMR

By Jessica Mundie — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — In the expansive world of ASMR, one small group of Christian creators have dedicated themselves to bringing their viewers closer to God through relaxation and brain tingles.

Pope Francis, faith leaders call for action ahead of COP26 climate summit

By Claire Giangravé — October 4, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis and global faith leaders joined forces on Monday at the Vatican in an interreligious appeal for urgent action for the environment.

Young evangelicals to host Capitol Hill rally for climate action

By Kathryn Post — September 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The best time to work on climate justice was 10 years ago, but the second-best time is now,’ said an organizer of the rally.

LDS medical students revolutionize studying in the name of their faith

By Kathryn Post — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We want to help others ... because we feel that that’s what our savior would do if he was in our position,’ said one of the founders.

Jeannie Gaffigan hosts panel urging Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines

By Renée Roden and Alejandra Molina — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Gaffigan collaborated with Loyola Marymount University to host a panel on Tuesday (Aug. 31) directed specifically at Catholic audiences and featuring several Catholic medical experts.

Antisemitic and anti-Muslim content is flourishing on TikTok, report finds

By Alejandra Molina — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based nonprofit that tracks extremism online, released a report Aug. 24 that found TikTok 'operates as a new arena for violence-endorsing, hateful ideologies.'

For atheists, the idea of aliens seems real. Religious people doubt it.

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) —  A new study finds that atheists think there just might be aliens out there. Evangelicals are not so sure.

The climate apocalypse is real, and it is coming

By Thomas Reese — August 10, 2021
(RNS) — Concern for the environment can no longer be an optional or secondary aspect of Christianity. It must be central to who we are as Christians.
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