RNS Morning Report: Fiesta de la Candelaria; Deborah E. Lipstadt; Jehovah’s Witness Sentenced

Boaters ride along the Papaloapan River during the annual Virgin de la Candelaria procession in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, on Feb. 2, 2019. RNS photo by Irving Cabrera Torres

Need to know: Monday, February 11, 2019

Local Customs

Mexico’s Fiesta de la Candelaria ends Christmas with a bang

A traditional Candlemas celebration in the southern Mexican town of Tlacotalpan combines mischief and heartfelt adoration of the Virgin Mary. More from Religion News Service

Antisemitism: Here and Now

‘If you care about democratic society, fight anti-Semitism’

Deborah Lipstadt writes with a scholar’s analytical gaze about the ugly upturn of anti-Semitism, but she concedes, “My attempt to explore a perplexing and disturbing set of circumstances is written with the hope that it will provoke action.” More from Religion News Service

Extremism Charges

Six-year prison sentence for Jehovah’s Witness in Russia sparks outcry

Dennis Christensen, a 46-year-old carpenter who has lived in Russia for more than two decades, was sentenced on Wednesday. More from Religion News Service

International Rebuke

US Muslim leaders call on China to end persecution of Uighurs

The letter called for the release of detainees from the internment camps and for U.S. consumers to boycott imports produced by detainees’ forced labor. More from Religion News Service


After attack on Hindu community, Kentucky shows the way forward

Indian and Hindu Kentuckians work with leaders across faith and cultural backgrounds to show a united front in the face of hate crime against Hindu temple in Louisville, Ky., writes Jay Kansara. More from Religion News Service

Significant Abuse Revealed

‘Pure evil’: Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

“20 years, 700 victims”: So reads part of the headline of a sweeping investigation that has found years of sexual abuse perpetrated by hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders against an even larger number of victims. More from The Washington Post🔒



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