(AP) — From anti-Semitic violence to Islamophobia to sex abuse fears to their own financial insecurity, rabbis, imams, priests and ministers face newly evolving stresses that compound the usual cares of clergy.
(RNS) — After the Holocaust, Jewish males born in postwar Germany were exempted from military service, but about 300 volunteers are now in uniform.
(AP) — Italy has relied mostly on arresting and deporting suspected extremists to try to keep the country safe from terrorism. But the Italian government has come to embrace prevention, too, especially in the prisons it doesn't want to become training grounds for potential extremists.
LYON, France (RNS) The 24-week program includes classes on law, religion and how French principles of secularity are applied to daily life.
(RNS) Pope Francis said there were limits to self-expression when it involved insulting or ridiculing people’s faith.
(RNS) Sixty imams and rabbis want to get on with the hard work of repairing the rift between Muslims and Jews.
SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) The Spokane Islamic Center wants something mosques all across the country are seeking and can’t seem to find: an educated, bilingual, experienced imam who understands American culture. So far, the search has taken 18 months. By Tracy Simmons.
SHARON, Mass. (RNS) It will be at least 5 to 10 years before the pool of American imams becomes large enough to meet demand from mosques. In the meantime, Muslim communities will continue to depend on imams from abroad -- and that creates challenges for a community that increasingly wants to assimilate. By Omar Sacirbey.