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Russian-Ukraine war

How a witch is using her grandmother’s Slavic magic to aid Ukraine’s war effort

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Madame Pamita's new book 'Baba Yaga's Book of Witchcraft' was released just after Russia's invasion of Ukraine — 'exactly at the time that it was so needed,' she said.

Vatican foreign minister to visit Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

By Nicole Winfield — May 17, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Archbishop Paul Gallagher's trip comes as the Holy See toes a delicate line in trying to keep alive newly improved ties with the Russian Orthodox Church while offering support to the “martyred” Ukrainian faithful.

How burying the dead keeps the living human

By Dimitris Xygalatas — May 9, 2022
(The Conversation) — Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.

Faith-based NGOs are helping Ukraine’s children. Now we have to prove it.

By Brian Peterson — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based aid groups need to prove the effectiveness of their holistic approach to caring for refugees.

Lost in Ukraine and SCOTUS: Five urgent Christian persecution situations

By David Curry — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The American media’s single-story focus has crowded out alarming developments on the religious freedom front.

EU reportedly mulling sanctions on Patriarch Kirill

By Jack Jenkins — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — On Tuesday, Patriarch Kirill denied that Russia’s actions in Ukraine amounted to an invasion, insisting ‘Russia has never attacked anyone.’

Will the World Council of Churches expel Kirill? We talk with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

By Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The Orthodox community is very, very important in the World Council of Churches,’ Swenson said.

Pope Francis says NATO, ‘barking at Russia’s door,’ shares blame for Ukraine

By Claire Giangravé — May 3, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In an interview with Il Corriere della Sera, the pope said he hopes to visit Moscow and meet President Vladimir Putin.

How the war between Russia and Ukraine is roiling the faith tradition they share

By J. Eugene Clay — May 3, 2022
(The Conversation) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put a spotlight on the views of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr holiday with joy, worry

By Kathy Gannon, Mariam Fam, and Niniek Karmini — May 2, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — This year, Muslims around the world are observing Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of a surge in global food prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Dreher’s war, part 1

By Mark Silk — April 30, 2022
(RNS) — The first of two columns on how America's best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

What Russia’s crimes in Ukraine reveal about the secular culture’s ethics

By Charles C. Camosy — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — In the world of Catholic moral theology, some crimes are called intrinsically evil.

An old synagogue in Krakow could heal our social ills

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — From the cobblestone streets, a lesson in religious (and cultural) diversity.

Orthodox Easter a ‘mixed kind of joy’ at Ukrainian church in Bucharest

By Alexandra Radu — April 26, 2022
BUCHAREST, Romania (RNS) — ‘We are celebrating the resurrection of Christ, but at the same time we are praying to God to end the war.’

While focusing on Ukraine, don’t forget the rest of the world

By Thomas Reese — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — Ukraine is one of many connected crises around the world.
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