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So you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding? Five pieces of advice from the pros

By Renée Roden — July 30, 2021

(RNS) — Chances are increasingly likely if you attend the wedding of a couple under 30 years old, their officiant won’t be a person of the cloth but someone who’s close to the couple.

Human rights is on Blinken’s agenda in India. Can he make it stick?

By Simran Jeet Singh — July 30, 2021

(RNS) — If we are going to be partners, we have to hold India to the standards we expect from ourselves.

CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Faith communities are really good at doing this, walking with people through adversity until they get out the other side,’ she said.

During Disability Pride, Religious institutions still behind on accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 30, 2021

(RNS) — The Americans with Disabilities Act was a watershed moment for civil rights law, yet religious entities remain exempt from ADA requirements.

White House announces new religious affairs leaders, first Muslim religious freedom ambassador

By Jack Jenkins, Kathryn Post, Joseph Hammond — July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Biden will nominate Rashad Hussain, who served in other roles under the Obama administration, as his U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it for millennia

By Iqbal Akhtar — July 30, 2021

(The Conversation) — A scholar of religion explains what those who fast for health and fitness can learn from religious traditions for a sustained, deeper and lifelong practice.

Brutal killing spotlights violence against women in Pakistan

By Kathy Gannon — July 30, 2021

ISLAMABAD (AP) — ‘The epidemic of sexual crimes and violence against women in Pakistan is a silent epidemic. No one sees it. No one is talking about it.’

Who is behind The Pillar, the newsletter rocking the Catholic Church?

By Jack Jenkins — July 29, 2021

(RNS) — Why is a Catholic Substack causing so much controversy?

AME Zion leader Staccato Powell removed as bishop after facing financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — July 29, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The Trial Committee recommended Bishop Staccato Powell be disrobed, meaning Bishop Staccato Powell would no longer be recognized as consecrated to the office of Bishop,’ read trial minutes.

State finds LA public school district kept millions of federal funds from Catholic schools

By Alejandra Molina — July 29, 2021

(RNS) — Los Angeles Unified School District ‘has failed to provide equitable services to (archdiocesan) schools,’ state officials said in the report.

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