New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation
(RNS) — In his new book, ‘Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor,’ Michael Battle delves into the ways Tutu’s religious formation shaped a vision that helped topple apartheid and unite a riven nation.
How Tutu’s spirituality incorporated Christian mysticism with the African notion of interdependency
Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.
I love all Jews — even the ones I don’t like
(RNS) — We Jews are a small people, but we are a large family.
Muslims open Ramadan with social distanced prayers, vaccines
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — COVID-19 cases are spiking in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, but vaccines are being administered and the government is loosening restrictions.
Italian prosecutors request arrest warrant for Italian financier named in Vatican scandals
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Torzi’s legal team claimed to be ‘perplexed’ with Italian prosecutors’ request for an arrest warrant, given that the Vatican’s similar allegations were ‘demolished’ by a British judge only last month.
Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism.
Anglican convert and Pacific Island deity: 5 faith facts about Prince Philip
(RNS) — Married for 73 years to the head of the Church of England, the prince consort built a religious profile that was more complicated than his official role might suggest.
Baptists of Burma organize multiethnic diaspora rally in DC against coup in Myanmar
(RNS) — Baptists and members of other ethnic Burmese churches will gather in DC in support of protests against the coup in Myanmar.
How the church can be a better evangelical witness to displaced people
(RNS) — We have a duty not to let our politics blind us to the image of God in our neighbors.
Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism
(AP) — The #ItStartedWithWords campaign educates people about how the Nazis dehumanized Jews years before death camps were established.
Vatican water and hygiene initiative for health care facilities is an investment in life
(RNS) — The lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities worldwide kills infants, women and front-line workers.
No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not linked to the mark of the beast – but a first-century Roman tyrant probably is
(The Conversation) — A scholar argues that Nero is the person identified in the Bible as 666.
Church faces backlash for showing Mass at a cinema, as Italy faces severe lockdown
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The case highlights growing tensions between Italians and the Catholic Church, which critics say has been granted more leeway while the weary peninsula faces another severe lockdown more than a year into the pandemic.
Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93
BERLIN (AP) — Kueng was an influential voice for liberal Catholics and a prolific author, challenging Catholic doctrines on papal authority, birth control, divorce and other issues.