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How the great Muslim poet Rumi is helping today’s displaced youth find themselves

By Michael Wolfe and Sumreena Hussain — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Some of Rumi’s best-known poems speak about uprootedness and the desire to relocate. Now they are helping refugee and US Muslim youth adjust.
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Iranian women have been rebelling against restrictions since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – with renewed hope that protests this time will end differently

By Pardis Mahdavi — September 29, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Iranian politics explains how Iranians have organized resistance movements for the past several decades while risking arrest and public flogging.

I wear hijab. I also respect any woman who chooses not to.

By Dilshad Ali — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Iran’s ‘morality police’ focus on the hijab not to enforce Islam but to target vulnerable women.

Moscow patriarch: Russian war dead have their sins forgiven

By Peter Smith — September 27, 2022
(AP) — The assertion, made on Sunday, ratchets up Moscow Patriarch Kirill's already staunch support for Russia's war on Ukraine.

Bolsonaro campaign to evangelicals: Brazil’s soul at stake

By David Biller — September 27, 2022
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Self-declared evangelicals make up almost a third of Brazil’s population, more than double two decades ago.

US, allies push for UN rights body debate on Xinjiang abuses

By Jamey Keaten — September 26, 2022
(AP) — Human rights groups have accused China of sweeping a million or more people from Muslim minority groups into detention camps.

Egyptian cleric revered by Muslim Brotherhood dies at 96

By Lujain Jo and Joseph Krauss — September 26, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — His critics accused him — and the Brotherhood — of hiding extremism behind moderate rhetoric.

In hometown of St. Francis of Assisi, pope touts ‘radical criticism’ of capitalism

By Claire Giangravé — September 26, 2022
(RNS) — The pope gathered with under-35 adults at the Economy of Francesco meeting to promote a new vision for the 'mainstream economy.'

Jewish pilgrims gather in Ukraine despite the perils of war

By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
(AP) — The pilgrims, many traveling from Israel and further afield, converged on the small city of Uman, the burial site of Nachman of Breslov, a respected Hasidic rabbi who died in 1810.

‘Traditional’ Jewish American foods keep changing, with cookbooks playing an influential role in how Jews mark Rosh Hashana

By Deborah Dash Moore — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — A historian of American Judaism explains how cookbooks across the 20th century have influenced and reflected the shifting tastes of American Jews.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at a time of deep religious divisions and worked to bring tolerance

By Joanne M. Pierce — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Queen Elizabeth II encouraged tolerance in a multifaith United Kingdom. To appreciate the significance of her efforts, it is important to understand the country’s complicated religious history.

Debates about migration have never been simple – just look at the Hebrew Bible

By Ki-Eun Jang — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Bible is full of stories about migrants. That doesn’t mean it has a simple takeaway message about them.

The Catholic Church is increasingly diverse – and so are its controversies

By Mathew Schmalz — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Catholic Church’s membership numbers are growing fastest outside Europe and the Americas, and Catholics’ priorities look very different across the world.
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