South Sudanese refugees, fleeing a second civil war in Sudan, return home to bleak prospects

By Tonny Onyulo — September 28, 2023
MALAKAL, South Sudan (RNS) — The situation has prompted religious leaders in South Sudan to appeal to the international community to aid returning refugees.
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On Sukkot, the Jewish ‘Festival of booths,’ each sukkah is as unique as the person who builds it

By Samira Mehta — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — Like many Jewish practices, the harvest festival of Sukkot largely takes place at home − meaning families can incorporate many meaningful traditions.

The secret synod

By Phyllis Zagano — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — Too many U.S. Catholics don’t know about the global discussion of the church’s future.

AI won’t be replacing your priest, minister, rabbi or imam any time soon

By Pauline Hope Cheong — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar of digital religion explains why the use of AI isn’t necessarily displacing religious leadership: It is the clergy who are helping with the programming, critical for its deployment.

Tinmel – Morocco’s medieval shrine and mosque – is one of the historic casualties of the earthquake

By Abbey Stockstill — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — Morocco is grappling not just with the loss of lives from the recent earthquake, but with the destruction of its cultural heritage – a 12th century mosque in the village of Tinmel is among them.

Greek court: Orthodox students cannot be exempted from religion classes

By David I. Klein — September 26, 2023
ISTANBUL (RNS) — Even exemptions in which non-Orthodox Christian students state their beliefs, the Greek Council of State ruled, did not violate human rights or European Union privacy laws. 

India has to be held accountable in Sikh’s death in Canada

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — A rash of killings of Sikhs has the look of extrajudicial murders.

Sex abuse allegations against a deceased cardinal add to the German church’s troubles

By Geir Moulson — September 26, 2023
(AP) — In 2018, a church-commissioned report concluded that at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy in Germany between 1946 and 2014. More than half of the victims were 13 or younger, and nearly a third served as altar boys.

We are defeating global poverty. Congress could set us back.

By David Beckmann — September 25, 2023
(RNS) — Far-right Republicans are insisting on deep cuts in domestic and international poverty programs — though we have ample evidence both are working.

The largest Hindu temple on American soil will soon open its doors

By Richa Karmarkar — September 25, 2023
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (RNS) — On Oct. 8, the BAPS Akshardham Temple will be open in a limited capacity following 12 years of labor from over 12,000 volunteers.

India-Canada tensions shine light on complexities of Sikh activism in the diaspora

By Deepa Bharath — September 25, 2023
(AP) — The debate over support for Khalistan and what activism looks like in the Sikh diaspora has intensified after Trudeau’s accusation that India may have had a hand in the assassination of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

The increasingly perilous lot of the pilgrim shows us all the path on climate

By Marqus Cole — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — People of faith can help bend the curve on emissions.

Pope decries indifference toward migrants, as he prays for the dead in the French port of Marseille

By Sylvie Corbet and Nicole Winfield — September 22, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' two-day visit to Marseille is aimed at sending a message well beyond the Catholic faithful to Europe, North Africa and beyond.
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