Faiths

An Episcopal seminary found a solution to its fiscal woes. Then 7 bishops intervened.
By Bob Smietana — April 12, 2024
(RNS) — A group of seven New York-area bishops have objected to a long-term lease for General Episcopal Seminary, saying the lessee, a Catholic school, has a donor that does not support rights for gay, transgender and queer people.
Mormonism is still growing, but slowly
By Jana Riess — April 12, 2024
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How OJ Simpson changed the male-only way I talk, think and pray about God
By Joshua Hammerman — April 12, 2024
(RNS) — OJ's violence toward his wife convinced me to pursue a more gender-balanced liturgy.
In Northern Ireland, a long-awaited gurdwara opens with a wedding
By Trisha Mukherjee — April 12, 2024
LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (RNS) — Derry’s growing population of Sikhs have been meeting in living rooms and kitchens since a fire destroyed one of only two gurdwaras in the country.
A bus carrying pilgrims crashes in southwest Pakistan, killing 17 people and injuring 16
By Associated Press — April 12, 2024
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) —The driver lost control of the bus in Las Bela district, just 25 kilometers from the shrine the pilgrims were heading to.
Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing
By Associated Press — April 12, 2024
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) —The court said the attack came in retaliation for Argentina reneging on a nuclear cooperation deal with Tehran.
13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle
By Associated Press — April 12, 2024
NEW YORK (AP) — The defendants, many of them international students from Israel, appeared in Brooklyn court Wednesday on charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and obstruction of governmental administration.
Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute
By Associated Press — April 12, 2024
BAGHDAD (AP) —Cardinal Louis Sako was welcomed warmly by a church packed with members of the country’s Christian minority as he led his first mass in Baghdad on Friday after returning the day before.
US Catholics more polarized than ever about still-popular Pope Francis, survey says
By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — April 12, 2024
(RNS) — The Republican and Republican-leaning favorability rating represents a decline, creating the largest partisan gap in approval of Francis since his papacy began.
Matthew Johnson Harris uses faith to leverage the theater’s power to heal
By Benjamin Spratt — April 11, 2024
(RNS) — Bringing faith into the theater world, not to proselytize but to invite conversations about identity and hurt.
Experts call for Vatican judicial reforms to promote transparency and a fair trial
By Claire Giangravé — April 11, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Speakers at the conference said the institution still has a lot to do to better inform victims during canonical trials.
The worship of Shiva, Hinduism’s ‘inconceivable’ deity, finds a home in the tech sector
By Richa Karmarkar — April 11, 2024
(RNS) — Often cast as the most transcendent sect of Hinduism, Shaivism’s appeal to scientific-minded Hindus is becoming more visible.
Documentary portrays asylum-seeking family helped by a Seattle synagogue
By Yonat Shimron — April 11, 2024
(RNS) — ‘All We Carry’ follows a Honduran couple and their son as they make their way from Mexico to Seattle, where they settle for three years until an immigration court hears their asylum claim.
The death penalty says more about us than the condemned
By Joe Ingle — April 11, 2024
(RNS) — I should know. I’ve been a death row pastor for 45 years.