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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.

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years

By Associated Press — October 22, 2021

When progressives betray their Jewish allies

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 22, 2021
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South Sudanese refugees are making a home, and a church, in Central New York

By Jessica Mundie — October 20, 2021
(RNS) — With help from the Episcopal diocese and a local interfaith agency, a group of South Sudanese refugees has found a home and a welcoming community to grow their small congregation.

Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

By DÁnica Coto — October 20, 2021
The group seized includes five children aged from 8 months to 15 years, although authorities were not clear whether the ransom demand included them.

Climate crisis at forefront of agenda for Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Jane Goodall noted that faith leaders could play a great role in bringing about change in the world.

France returns marble angels stolen from Italy church in ’89

By Associated Press — October 19, 2021
Italy’s art police said Tuesday that the angels, decorated with strategically placed vine of leaves and fruit, had been stolen from the St. Sebastian church in Guardia Sanframondi, northeast of Naples, on Dec. 13, 1989.

Baptist watchdog flunks Forever 21, praises H&M in annual ‘ethical fashion’ report

By Kathryn Post — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Nearly 100 companies earned a low average score of 33.6 out of 100.

Border dispatches: Mayor says local crime rate hides citizens’ values

By Doug Pagitt — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A 3,200-mile bike ride along the U.S.-Mexico border to see what America’s immigration policy looks like in action.

In remote Himalayan India, Buddhist monks and Indigenous tribe fight government hydropower projects

By Priyadarshini Sen — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Buddhist monks have united with the nomadic Monpa to protest projects that could destroy the monasteries, hot springs and temples that dot the snow-capped Himalayan region.

Neo-Nazi’s burial in Jewish gravesite causes stir in Germany

By Kirsten Grieshaber — October 13, 2021
Several German news outlets have reported that known Holocaust denier Henry Hafenmayer was buried Friday at the Stahnsdorf cemetery just outside of Berlin. His ashes were interred in the plot where Max Friedlaender, a German-Jewish musicologist, was buried.

At Durga Puja, Hindus wrestle with the West’s sexualized destroyer

By Kalpana Jain — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — Taken out of her cultural context, Western depictions of the goddess can be quite unrecognizable.

Russian Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to over four years in prison for his faith

By Jessica Mundie — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — Since April 2020, five men, including Vladimir Skachidub, have been convicted and imprisoned for practicing their faith in Russia’s Krasnodar Territory, where their religion is considered an extremist group.

‘Hey, isn’t that — ?’ Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn goes incognito in worship band

By John Longhurst — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — 'They needed a guitar player, so they were foolish enough to ask me,' said the man with 35 folk-rock albums to his name.

Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State

By Kathy Gannon — October 11, 2021
Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are meeting this weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country.
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