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Interfaith love a risk amid India’s Hindu nationalist surge
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
While interfaith unions between Hindus and Muslims are rare in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and other Hindu nationalists have forcefully decried what they call “love jihad.”
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Phil Saviano, key clergy sex abuse whistleblower, dies at 69
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
He played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States.
Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
The National Council of Jewish Women gathered outside the Supreme Court in Mississippi on the day of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case hearing to support abortion rights.
Omar seeks action over House colleague’s remarks on Muslims
By Associated Press — November 29, 2021
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders demanded Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert retract her comments about her recent encounter with Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
New book shines light on abuse and racist discrimination of Catholic nuns
By Claire Giangravé — November 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — 'The Veil of Silence,' a new book by Vatican reporter Salvatore Cernuzio, details the racism, abuse and discrimination faced by nuns in female Catholic congregations.
The Unite the Right rally changed her life. She now wants to defeat white nationalism.
By Yonat Shimron — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — Since that searing summer day four years ago, Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin has devoted herself to better understanding what happened and working to make sure it never happens again.
‘George Floyd’ pieta stolen after artist receives death threats
By Jack Jenkins — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — Officials at Catholic University of America promptly replaced the image with a smaller copy.
Photos of the Week: Christmas and Hanukkah preparations; large trial verdicts
By Kit Doyle — November 26, 2021
(RNS) - This week’s photo gallery includes preparations for Christmas and Hanukkah, major trial verdicts in the United States and more.
Pope Francis and Macron meet at the Vatican amid clergy abuse scandals in France
By Claire Giangravé — November 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As French Catholics come to terms with a staggering clergy abuse report, President Emmanuel Macron met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Bangladesh sends hundreds more Rohingya refugees to island
By RNS Press Release Distribution Service — November 26, 2021
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Thursday began relocating hundreds of Rohingya refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal, despite ongoing concerns from rights groups over the conditions on the vulnerable low-lying island and that no refugees should be sent forcibly. The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group, over 700,000 of whom fled […]
Stanford’s Latter-day Saints players share life experiences
By Associated Press — November 26, 2021
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The homesickness and depression began to overwhelm Houston Heimuli about four months into his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Away from his family for the first time, the gesture of a stranger in his congregation made all the difference in keeping him going. A man in […]
‘Praying to the West’ offers look at America’s diverse Muslim communities
By Joseph Hammond — November 25, 2021
(RNS) — Omar Mouallem's new book looks at 13 mosques across North and South America and how Muslims developed their identity on the continents.
Hope ‘renewed in a just God’: Faith leaders react to guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder
By Alejandra Molina — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William ‘Roddie’ Bryan were all convicted of murder after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours.