(RNS) — Rarely vocal about his faith, the former One Direction singer now says he appreciates his religious upbringing but is no longer religious himself, beyond a 'spiritual belief' in a God.
BUNGOMA, Kenya (RNS) — Traditional culture here demands that women bear sons, but religious leaders say it's time for people to see that in God's eyes, both genders have equal worth.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (RNS) — When suffering people meet ministry dogs, 'You see that little glimmer of hope in their eyes,' says a handler. 'You see the hurt and then it changes to hope and a smile.'
NASHVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — Evangelical schools such as Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offer inmates a free, on-site college degree if they promise they'll minister to other inmates once they graduate.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — A fight over nightclub closures on the sabbath represents a larger tug-of-war over whose values will prevail — the ultra-Orthodox Jews' or those of their more mainstream Jewish neighbors.
(RNS) — Manhattan College’s Veterans at Ease program seeks to help veterans reintegrate into civilian and academic life after being separated from both for years of isolating service.
BALTIMORE (RNS) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, citing the urgency of the abuse crisis for the American church, urged that the bishops still discuss the "action items" on the issue.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Like any of the mass shootings that have become near-daily trauma to the American psyche, the massacre here happened in precisely the kind of place such things aren’t meant to happen.
LANHAM, Md. (RNS) — Hindus have found a new reason to recommit themselves to vegetarianism: global warming.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — In Israel, several prominent rabbis have signed a document that reads, "Whoever isn't vaccinated is a murderer."
(RNS) — Megachurch pastor James MacDonald and his congregation filed suit recently, claiming two bloggers and a freelance writer were spreading false information about the church.
(RNS) — Muslim women were elected to Congress for the first time. And for the first time in memory an incumbent senator mentioned the upcoming Hindu holiday of Diwali in an acceptance speech.
(RNS) — As the calendar marks what would have been Graham’s 100th birthday on Wednesday, here are 10 quotes from the preacher and people who knew and admired him over his 99 years of life.
(RNS) — This year’s heated midterm contests appear to have sparked unusually robust efforts by faith-based organizations to galvanize supporters and move the political needle.
SPOKANE — A quiet race for a legislative seat in Washington state was thrust into the spotlight after a document outlining the biblical reason for war, written by incumbent Matt Shea, was leaked on Facebook.