RNS Morning Report: Texas Rally for India's PM; German Bishops' Synodal Assembly; Low-Cost DNA Kits

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, slaps the hand of President Donald Trump as they share a laugh during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Need to know: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pushback on Rally

Interfaith group urges congressman to skip Texas rally for India’s prime minister

An event, dubbed 'Howdy, Modi!,' is being held amid reports of violence and intimidation by Indian soldiers in Kashmir villages. More from Religion News Service

Raising Concerns at the Vatican

Gathering of German bishops tests Pope Francis' efforts for decentralization

Following an attempt by the Vatican to exercise control over its upcoming and reform-driven gathering, the Catholic Church in Germany has made it clear that it has no intention of backing down, proving to be yet another wedge in the internal church wars that have plagued Pope Francis' six-year papacy. More from Religion News Service

Combatting Sexual Violence

Low-cost DNA kits could reduce rate of unreported, unprosecuted rapes in Kenya, beyond

Two women, one an activist and a survivor of sexual assault and the other a criminologist and university professor, are working on an initiative they hope could change the way rape is treated in the developing world. More from Religion News Service

'Here All Along'

Leaving politics, Obama speechwriter finds new meaning in Judaism

The speechwriter-turned-Jewish-spokesperson talks about her unconventional views of God, how Judaism has taught her to be a better person and what she does to prepare for the High Holy Days. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Synod for the Amazon about more than married priests

For Pope Francis, the Amazon is important because it touches on so many themes of his papacy: concern for the marginalized, evangelization and protection of the environment, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Seeking Accomodation

Should college students get a break for religious holidays? One state says yes.

Mennah El-Gammal, other students, and Muslim and Jewish organizations successfully lobbied for the passage of a law that requires all private and public colleges in the state of Washington to “reasonably accommodate” students for religious reasons, including observance of a holiday. More from Religion & Politics