In Guatemala, public schools turn to Bible study to boost reading and resist gang culture

By Catherine Pepinster — March 4, 2024
MIXCO, Guatemala (RNS) — Some teachers were reluctant to bring a Bible program into classrooms but have come to accept it.
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Dating app burnout and COVID-19 make Indian matchmaking cool again

By Richa Karmarkar — March 1, 2024
(RNS) — Indian matchmaking is having a comeback in the United States, say elite matchmakers.

‘How Great Thou Art’ gets new ending on 75th anniversary of famed English translation

By Adelle M. Banks — March 1, 2024
(RNS) — ‘When we approached all the people to be part of it, we had a lot of green lights very quickly,’ singer Matt Redman said of participating recording artists.

Israel-Hamas war brings back pain to Argentine Jewish community decades after major bombing attack

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — March 1, 2024
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — For many who lost friends and family to the attack, time has not healed their pain.

These US citizens went to fight for Israel. Now they’re hostages in Gaza.

By Yonat Shimron — February 29, 2024
(RNS) — An estimated 23,380 American citizens currently serve in Israeli ranks. Three are now hostage in Gaza.

Spanish bishop rebukes priests who joked about wishing pope goes to heaven soon

By Associated Press — February 29, 2024
MADRID (AP) — Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo posted a statement on the archdiocese website Wednesday saying it rejected the comments and warned that it may take “corrective measures,” without elaborating.

Turkish drones kill 3 in an attack on a local Christian militia in northeastern Syria, officials say

By Kareem Chehayeb and Bassem Mroue — February 29, 2024
BEIRUT (AP) — The force that was targeted, the local Christian Syriac police known as Sutoro, works under the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.

Austria’s top diplomat appeals for a pause in Mideast fighting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

By Bassem Mroue — February 29, 2024
BEIRUT (AP) — The Middle East has witnessed enough devastation and cruelty, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said after meeting his Lebanese counterpart in Beirut.

Hindu American organizations adopt a new short film on anti-Hindu ignorance

By Richa Karmarkar — February 28, 2024
(RNS) — Director Ravi Chand’s “Namaste Yoga,” released worldwide in late January, was created to highlight the challenges Hindu children face in the Western world.

145 days into war, I am as my people are

By Liz P.G. Hirsch — February 28, 2024
(RNS) — With the negotiators resuming talks, I pray with my people: Bring the hostages home and begin to heal this bitter conflict. 

After Tanzania bus accident kills 11 of its missionaries, group reaches out for support

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 28, 2024
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Leaders of Youth With a Mission are rallying for help to aid logistical arrangements, including medical evacuations, repatriations and funeral arrangements.

What the ancient Indian text Bhagavad Gita can teach about not putting too much of our identity and emotions into work

By Robert J. Stephens — February 27, 2024
(The Conversation) — A scholar of South Asian religions explains how one lesson from the text, ‘nishkama karma’ – or acting without desire – may be useful for navigating the contemporary workplace.

Anti-immigrant pastors may be drawing attention – but faith leaders, including some evangelicals, are central to the movement to protect migrant rights

By Brad Christerson, Robert Chao Romero, and Alexia Salvatierra — February 26, 2024
(The Conversation) — Religious beliefs can provide motivation, hope and endurance in the long and often discouraging task of mobilizing people for social change.
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