The Knights of Columbus will cover Rupnik mosaics, pending investigation

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — The lay Catholic men’s organization said it may cover the artwork in plaster after the conclusion of the Vatican's investigation into Rupnik's alleged sexual abuse.
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Iranian American wrestling champion leads effort to develop singlet for conservative Muslim women

By Daoud Kuttab — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston, the first American woman to medal at the world championships in freestyle wrestling, formed a committee to design a wrestling outfit for international competition that respects religious and cultural traditions.

Chief prosecutor defends Vatican’s legal system after recent criticism of pope’s absolute power

By Nicole Winfield — July 11, 2024
ROME (AP) — Prosecutor Alessandro Diddi's defense comes as the Vatican tribunal finalizes its written reasonings for its December 2023 verdicts. The tribunal convicted a cardinal and eight others of various financial-related crimes related to the Holy See’s 350 million euro investment in a London property, but has not yet explained its decisions.

Israel’s Holocaust memorial opens a conservation facility to store artifacts, photos and more

By Maya Alleruzzo and Shlomo Mor — July 10, 2024
JERUSALEM (AP) — “Before we opened this building, it was very difficult to exhibit our treasures that were kept in our vaults. They were kind of secret,” said Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan.

Hidden in plain sight: The world’s neglected humanitarian crises 

By Myal Greene and Carol Bremer-Bennett — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — We too often see occasions of incongruence between donor interest and the actual greatest situations of need.

At the Olympics, athletes show guts, glory – and a lot of ink, including tattoos that profess their faith

By Gustavo Morello — July 10, 2024
(The Conversation) — One biblical verse bans tattoos, but the full story of Christianity’s relationship with body modification is more complicated.

American Hindu parents are finding innovative ways to pass the faith on to their kids

By Richa Karmarkar — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — 'It's a religion of understanding and of knowledge, not of faith. And I think that kind of vibes with the modern generation,' said Instagram's The Hindu Grandma.

Hajj in extraordinary heat: what a scholar of Islam saw in Mecca

By Ahmet T. Kuru — July 9, 2024
(The Conversation) — Despite reports of mismanagement, the 2024 Hajj brought together pilgrims of diverse backgrounds from 180 countries.

Hundreds of mostly exiled Tibetans celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 89th birthday in India’s Dharamshala

By Ashwini Bhatia — July 9, 2024
DHARAMSHALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama has made the hillside town his headquarters since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Why the Olympic Games are a ‘civil religious’ ceremony with a global congregation

By Terry Shoemaker — July 8, 2024
(The Conversation) — Sporting events form a vital space where Americans display their ‘civil religious devotion,’ according to a scholar of religion and sports.

With new patriarch, Bulgarian Orthodox Church turns toward Moscow

By David I. Klein — July 5, 2024
ISTANBUL (RNS) — Many who opposed Daniil, the new Patriarch of All Bulgaria, worry that his election represents a sharp turn away from the policies of his predecessor, Neophyte I, who is remembered as a unifier.

‘Which parts of the world do we stop covering?’ Former leaders alarmed by USCCB layoffs ask

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 5, 2024
(RNS) — 'The budget of an organization reflects its priorities,' said retired Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates.

With National Rally showing strength in Sunday’s vote, French Muslims hold their breath

By Fiona André — July 5, 2024
PARIS (RNS) — While National Rally leader Marine Le Pen recently said no Muslim citizens would lose rights if her party won, Muslim leaders expect the closure of many mosques and Islamic schools, the deportation of foreign imams and stricter bans on wearing hijab if Sunday's vote goes her way.
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