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Ahmadi Muslims inaugurate new mosque on site of historic ‘prayer duel’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — In a town built as a 'city of God,' the new Fath-e-Azeem Mosque sits within a block of two churches and a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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Witnesses in Vatican mega trial paint bleak picture of how Secretariat managed funds
By Claire Giangravé — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — As witnesses testify in the Vatican financial trial, they painted an unflattering picture of the fund management by the Secretariat of State.
Young Colombian activist brings light to the displaced communities
By Magdalena Rojo — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Jenifer Colpas Fernández had to leave her native Colombia to recognize its problems — and to see that there were solutions.
Third-party report details ACNA leaders’ inaction on sexual abuse allegations
By Kathryn Post — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Released online late Tuesday, the report follows a monthslong investigation that was contentious from the start.
Nonreligious women of color convene to talk Christian nationalism, reproductive rights
By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It cannot all be focused on church and state separation. That’s not going to work for people of color, specifically women of color,’ said one organizer of the Women of Color Beyond Belief conference.
Dan Busby, longest-serving president of evangelical financial watchdog, dies at 81
By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — Busby conducted hundreds of on-site compliance reviews of churches and other ministries aligned with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Following papal reforms, Vatican departments are ready to help local bishops
By Claire Giangravé — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — A key Vatican department puts itself at the service of local churches, modeling Pope Francis’ vision for the Roman Curia.
Black church leaders say public lands should better reflect African American history
By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — The National Religious Partnership for the Environment has found a significant majority of them say Black history is not told adequately through national and local parks.
In sacred Brazil dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment
By Associated Press — September 29, 2022
(AP) — Afro Brazilian religious groups see a public works project at the Abaete dunes as an attempt to Christianize yet another public space, part of evangelicals’ rising influence in the country’s halls of power.
Survey: Confederate memorials still divide Americans and religion is a big predictor
By Yonat Shimron — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons support efforts to preserve Confederate monuments and memorials, a PRRI survey finds.
Hindu advocates sue California, arguing bans on caste discrimination misrepresent beliefs
By Richa Karmarkar — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — At the crux of the HAF lawsuit is the question of whether caste is inherently tied to Hindu dharma.
Interfaith group hosts Hill briefing on Christian nationalism
By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Another word for this growing Christian nationalism movement is fascism,’ said author and lawyer Wajahat Ali.
Poor People’s Campaign asks Congress to vote on wages, voting rights before midterms
By Adelle M. Banks — September 28, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The letters were the latest plea for policy change by the movement modeled after the original Poor People’s Campaign started by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.