‘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.

In Greece, pandemic deprives refugees of vital link to food and locals

By Magdalena Rojo — June 12, 2020

(RNS) — A restaurant dedicated to feeding refugees and native Greeks alike awaits the country’s reopening.

Vatican prelate calls fences around White House ‘unacceptable’ at vigil for George Floyd

By Claire Giangravé — June 8, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘To see barricades around the White House is something I never experienced in all the years I lived in Washington. I don’t find that acceptable. I think it’s a terrible image for the United States to have,’ said Cardinal Kevin Farrell, amid anti-racist vigils and protests this weekend in Rome.

Street art depicting Pope Francis highlights homeless struggle in Milan

By Claire Giangravé — June 4, 2020

(RNS) — The artist said his inspiration stemmed from seeing many people in Milan being forced to live on the streets due to the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Uighur activists celebrate religious freedom agency’s first Uighur commissioner

By Aysha Khan — May 26, 2020

(RNS) — Uighur activists say lawyer Nury Turkel’s appointment to USCIRF is a clear signal to the Chinese government that the U.S. government will not tolerate human rights violations in Xinjiang.

Making his kitchen his pulpit, Indian priest highlights the pandemic’s hungry

By Priyadarshini Sen — May 21, 2020

(RNS) — D’Souza’s ‘Food for the Soul’ show has gained over 6,000 subscribers across India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown.

Vatican reiterates two-state solution as Israeli-Palestinian relations escalate

By Claire Giangravé — May 20, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Once again, the Vatican issued a statement reinforcing its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after the recently installed government of Israel announced plans to vote for the annexation of the West Bank territory.

Pompeo investigation could undo religious freedom movement’s ‘success’

By Peter Henne — May 20, 2020

(RNS) — The religious freedom movement has mortgaged its bipartisan reputation to maintain access to the Secretary of State. A blow to his credibility could hurt persecuted people of faith around the world.

A new book on Tara explores a portal to the divine in a female form

By Yonat Shimron — May 14, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Author Rachael Wooten hopes Tara’s different emanations can help people overcome suffering and cultivate compassion, even if they never embrace Buddhism.

Government of Nicaragua ‘irresponsible’ in handling the pandemic, bishop says

By Claire Giangravé — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — According to Bishop Silvio José Báez, the president of Nicaragua downplayed the risks tied to the COVID-19 disease and encouraged citizens to take part in public gatherings such as parades, marathons and festivals.

With caution and concern, Catholic Masses scheduled to resume in Italy

By Claire Giangravé — May 7, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — For the first time since March 9, when the Italian government enacted a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the pandemic, Catholic faithful will be able to attend Mass with priests in places of worship starting May 18.

After advocating for his release, Uighur woman hears from father via Chinese media

By Aysha Khan — May 6, 2020

BOSTON (RNS) — Samira Imin’s next mission is to determine whether her father’s release from Chinese detention is genuine.

Pope Francis and the Vatican commit to aiding internally displaced people

By Claire Giangravé — May 5, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The migrants and refugees section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released new guidelines for Catholic dioceses and parishes on Tuesday (May 5).

An Old World Torah scroll unites a North Carolina synagogue in a time of pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — May 5, 2020

(RNS) — Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the scroll has taken on a starring role on Zoom.

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