Faiths

Court temporarily blocks San Diego schools’ vaccine mandate after suit filed by 16-year-old
By Alejandra Molina — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — The Ninth District Court of Appeals on Sunday (Nov. 28) temporarily blocked San Diego Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from taking effect, one day before students were required to have their first dose.
There’s fanfiction for everything — even the Bible
By Nidhi Upadhyaya — November 29, 2021
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Interfaith love a risk amid India’s Hindu nationalist surge
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
While interfaith unions between Hindus and Muslims are rare in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and other Hindu nationalists have forcefully decried what they call “love jihad.”
In a podcast, two Jesuit priests document their ministry along the southern border
By Alejandra Molina — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Jesuit Border Podcast' documents the stories of migrants, advocates and organizations the Revs. Brian Strassburger and Louie Hotop encounter along both sides of the US-Mexico border.
To hell and back again with Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’
By Peter Manseau — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — The pop star's multiple accounts of a disappointing affair tap into an ancient formula of faith and myth.
Phil Saviano, key clergy sex abuse whistleblower, dies at 69
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
He played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States.
Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
The National Council of Jewish Women gathered outside the Supreme Court in Mississippi on the day of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case hearing to support abortion rights.
Omar seeks action over House colleague’s remarks on Muslims
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders demanded Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert retract her comments about her recent encounter with Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
New book shines light on abuse and racist discrimination of Catholic nuns
By Claire Giangravé — November 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — 'The Veil of Silence,' a new book by Vatican reporter Salvatore Cernuzio, details the racism, abuse and discrimination faced by nuns in female Catholic congregations.
The Unite the Right rally changed her life. She now wants to defeat white nationalism.
By Yonat Shimron — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — Since that searing summer day four years ago, Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin has devoted herself to better understanding what happened and working to make sure it never happens again.
‘George Floyd’ pieta stolen after artist receives death threats
By Jack Jenkins — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — Officials at Catholic University of America promptly replaced the image with a smaller copy.
Happy New Year, it’s Advent
By Thomas Reese — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — The feast of Jesus' birth began by co-opting a pagan holiday. Today, it has been co-opted by pagan capitalism.
Pope Francis and Macron meet at the Vatican amid clergy abuse scandals in France
By Claire Giangravé — November 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As French Catholics come to terms with a staggering clergy abuse report, President Emmanuel Macron met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
‘Praying to the West’ offers look at America’s diverse Muslim communities
By Joseph Hammond — November 25, 2021
(RNS) — Omar Mouallem's new book looks at 13 mosques across North and South America and how Muslims developed their identity on the continents.