WCC blasts U.S. for blocking ecumenical meeting in Cuba

GENEVA (RNS) The World Council of Churches says the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba violates religious freedom by preventing a group of Latin American churches from hosting a summit on the island nation. By Peter Kenny.

Christianity in Britain losing ground to Islam, secularism

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) New figures from the 2011 National Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years, from 37.3 million to 33 million last year. By Trevor Grundy.

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Bosnian Muslims thrive in U.S. despite unease over homeland

BOSTON (RNS) Despite their relatively short time in America and the traumas of war, Bosnian Muslims are thriving in American society. Success, however, hasn’t diminished the sense of injustice that many feel over how the bloody war ended, or concerns that their trials could be too easily forgotten. By Omar Sacirbey.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why we have to take the Saudis' interfaith offer seriously

(RNS) What makes the King Abdullah Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue so special is not just that it has been established by three governments and that it has a multifaith board. Rather, it is the fact that this initiative has come from the very heart of the Muslim world -- from the custodian of the two holiest shrines of Islam. By Rabbi David Rosen.

Kenyan church leaders say laws would weaken marriage

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Kenyan church leaders are lining up in opposition to proposed new marriage bills, which they say will weaken marriage by allowing cohabitating couples to register as married. By Fredrick Nzwili.

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Tibetans have 'sacred duty' to support self-immolations

NEW DELHI (RNS) As China's Communist Party began meeting in Beijing this week, six more Tibetans set themselves on fire. Exiled Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay said while he discourages self-immolation, it is the ``sacred duty'' of the exiled community to support it. By Vishal Arora.

Kenyan churches say herbs threaten HIV/AIDS patients

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Church leaders are pressing the Kenyan government to scientifically test herbal medicines that are growing in popularity, concerned that HIV/AIDS patients are widely using the medicines and potentially putting their lives at risk. By Fredrick Nzwili.