RNS Morning Report: Venezuela Refugees; Israel Elections; Louisiana Church Fires Arrest

A Venezuelan man stands over the crowd waiting to cross the border into Colombia through the Simon Bolivar bridge in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, on July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Need to know: Friday, April 12, 2019

Relief Programs

As Venezuela refugee crisis builds, church struggles to carry out pope’s call

The flow of refugees has overwhelmed efforts to meet Pope Francis' call to provide 'hospitality and acceptance' for immigrants. More from Religion News Service

Balance of Power

Close vote in Israel extends tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties’ outsized sway

Besides its effect on the everyday lives of Jewish Israelis, the influence of haredi parties promises to exacerbate tensions between the Israeli government and non-Orthodox Diaspora Jews. More from Religion News Service

Excavation Efforts

India’s Hindu prime minister touts hometown’s Buddhist links as vote nears

Is Indian Prime Minister Modi's interest in Buddhist antiquities genuine, or just a play for votes among his country's dispossessed? More from Religion News Service

Three Counts of Arson

Authorities say deputy’s son behind fires at black churches

Holden Matthews, 21, faces arson charges in the connection with the blazes in and around Opelousas, a city of 16,000 where the flame-gutted remains of the buildings evoked memories of civil rights era violence. More from Religion News Service


Shadows in the stained glass: Patterson and Pressler chapel windows come down

With no fanfare, and to the secret relief of many, the windows of two of the heroes of the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence have been removed from a seminary chapel, writes Jacob Lupfer. More from Religion News Service

21st Century Persecution

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

Smartphones and the internet gave the Uighurs a sense of their own identity – but now the Chinese state is using technology to strip them of it. More from The Guardian



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