Few persecuted Christians find refuge in US, new report finds

By Bob Smietana — September 25, 2023

(RNS) — A new reports finds that the number of Christian refugees coming to the US has declined at a time when persecution is on the rise.

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.

Pope Francis has stacked the next conclave — but will it matter?

By Claire Giangravé — September 25, 2023

(RNS) — In Pope Francis’ new global church, the Vatican pastime of predicting the next pope gets increasingly trickier.

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.

National Association of Evangelicals launches test to assess, foster racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — September 25, 2023

(RNS) — ‘We didn’t really want to recreate the wheel,’ said NAE’s new racial justice and reconciliation expert. ‘We wanted to bridge a gap that was existing.’

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.

Is it really a “happy New Year?”

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 24, 2023

Not to be the grinch who stole the High Holy Days, but…

National Cathedral windows shift from themes of Confederacy to racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — September 23, 2023

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘There is a lot of work yet to be done to confront systemic racism,’ said cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith.

Photos of the Week: Yom Kippur; Brazilian religious freedom march

By Kit Doyle — September 22, 2023

(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes Jewish commemorations of Yom Kippur, Brazilians marching to defend religious freedom and more.

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