RNS Morning Report: Virtual Spaces During Ramadan; U.S. Jews of Color; Mister Rogers E …

A man reads the Quran on an iPhone during a prayer service at the Islamic Society of Boston mosque on April 26, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Need to know: Friday, May 24, 2019

Connecting with Community

During Ramadan, virtual spaces help stave off the loneliness for some Muslims

More and more Muslims are turning to digital spaces during Ramadan to help bridge the distance between friends, family and religious leaders. More from Religion News Service

'Counting Inconsistencies'

Report: US Jews of color overlooked and undercounted

A perception that Jews are white keeps many nonwhite Jews from fully participating in Jewish communal life, whether attending worship, joining a Jewish Community Center or attending a Jewish school. More from Religion News Service

Exhibit of Exemplar

Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood

A new exhibit of photos of Fred Rogers is on display at the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center, in the neighborhood where he made his home. More from Religion News Service


Can the religious right and left be more than a rubber stamp for their parties’ …

Republicans and Democrats say they listen more than ever to the religious wings of their parties, but in truth both religious camps are more likely to follow than lead, writes Jacob Lupfer. More from Religion News Service


There is more than one religious view on abortion – here’s what Jewish tex …

Although the Hebrew Bible does not mention abortion, a discussion of miscarriage in Exodus suggests that a fetus has a different status, writes Rachel Mikva. More from Religion News Service

Remarks Condemned

U.S. Catholic cardinal favors restricting ‘large-scale’ immigration of Mus …

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, a staunch Catholic traditionalist and one of Pope Francis’ leading critics, said restricting Muslim immigration is a patriotic and “responsible” stance. More from Huffpost




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