World

Masue Katayama: Changing nursing care industry in Japan with kindness

By Magdalena Rojo — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Inspired by her Catholic faith, the ‘social entrepreneur’ is not only one of Japan’s few female CEOs but one of the most innovative providers of elderly care in the world.

Her American father was shot in a blasphemy trial in Pakistan. Now she’s fighting for justice.

By Aysha Khan — August 19, 2020

(RNS) — Tahir Ahmad Naseem’s daughter is fighting for the U.S. government to deliver justice for her father — an American citizen who was killed while being tried on blasphemy charges in Pakistan.

After another priest is killed in El Salvador, local clergy ask ‘who will be next?’

By Claire Giangravé — August 18, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A Catholic priest was found dead near his car Aug. 7 in El Salvador, the most recent in a pattern of clergy killings in the country over the past 50 years.

In popes’ traditional summer retreat, locals move on without Francis

By Claire Giangravé — August 14, 2020

(RNS) — In the years since Francis decided he’d stay in Rome, locals have been forced to reenvision Castel Gandolfo without the glamour — and revenue — the papal visits brought them.

Vatican’s China deal may protect Chinese Catholics, keep Pope Francis silent

By Claire Giangravé — August 11, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A new deal with the Vatican could protect Chinese Catholics but silence Pope Francis’ critiques of China.

COVID hajj restrictions leave streets of Mecca empty, pilgrimage businesses in trouble

By Rabiya Jaffery — July 31, 2020

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (RNS) — As much as a quarter of the economy around Mecca relies on tourism and pilgrimages. Pandemic restrictions — which cut hajj pilgrims from millions to thousands — mean lost income for local businesses and residents.

Seven years later, still no trace of Jesuit priest kidnapped in Syria

By Claire Giangravé — July 29, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Seven years after the disappearance of an Italian Jesuit priest in Syria, family members and Vatican officials address his legacy and demand the truth about what happened to the thousands who vanished in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

Vatican official criticizes ‘senseless politics’ in US and UK surrounding pandemic response

By Claire Giangravé — July 23, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘These small battles, these seemingly important skirmishes, risk losing the war,’ Vatican official Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said. ‘We are either all saved, or no one is.’

Russian court fines influential monk who denies virus exists

By Vladimir Isachenov — July 21, 2020

(AP) — The 65-year-old monk has attracted nationwide attention by urging followers to disobey government lockdown measures and ignore church closures earlier during the pandemic.

Campaign brewing to get Hindu god Brahma off popular beer

By William Kole — July 14, 2020

(AP) — A spokesperson for the brand said Brahma beer is a tribute to Joseph Bramah — an Englishman who invented the draft pump valve.

Trump’s limp response to Uighur persecution

By Mark Silk — July 14, 2020

(RNS) — The greatest abuse of religious liberty in the world today should incur a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Vatican Museums used to be an overcrowded ‘hell,’ say tour guides. COVID-19 may change that.

By Claire Giangravé — July 8, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Guides hope socially distanced tourism will bring an end to overcrowding at Vatican attractions.

On July 5, Uighurs remember 2009 violence that set Chinese crackdown in motion

By Aysha Khan — July 3, 2020

(RNS) — The uprising of July 5, 2009, and ensuing ethnic violence charted the way forward for China’s mass suppression of Uighurs over a decade later.

‘We didn’t even know where to begin.’ Nuns describe facing the pandemic in developing nations.

By Claire Giangravé — June 24, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘When I look at my sisters, I don’t see superwomen. I see women of great faith, of great compassion, generosity and determination, but also very vulnerable women.’

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus

By Associated Press — June 22, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The kingdom said that only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the hajj.

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