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Black faith leaders call for nonviolent resistance, strikes if Trump refuses election results

By Alejandra Molina — November 2, 2020

(RNS) — The faith leaders and activists are urging rural, white, Black and Latino Democrats, Republicans and independents to ‘uphold democracy.’

Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations in election-year push

By Colleen Long, Nomaan Merchant — January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration.

State Department cites religious freedom violators

By Adelle M. Banks — December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The department redesignated on Wednesday the nine other countries that had been categorized as ‘countries of particular concern’.

When it comes to global conflict, churches are the best solution we never think of

By timbreene, Scott Arbeiter — September 6, 2019

(RNS) — There is a solution that can help us connect with the needs of communities in faraway places, one that sits on many street corners in our downtowns and backroads in our country and theirs: local churches.

As Sudanese protesters demand democracy, Catholic bishop pushes for freedom of worship

By Paul O'Donnell — April 24, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — While cheered by the role Christians have played in liberating the largely Muslim country from its dictator, Bishop Yunan Tombe Trille Kuku wants to see the laws that impede religious freedom change as well.

The last male rhino of its kind dies. African religious leaders call it a spiritual loss.

By Lauren Markoe — March 21, 2018

(RNS) — ‘We believe God cannot commission the death of species that he had brought to life,’ said the Rev. Charles Odira, a Kenyan Roman Catholic priest and conservationist.

In Israel, a rabbinical plan to hide Africans facing deportation

By Lauren Markoe — January 18, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — ‘If someone had told me 10 years ago this would happen, I’d have said a Jewish state would never send desperate refugees away to their deaths,’ said Rabbi Susan Silverman, sister of comedian Sarah Silverman.

US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom

By Lauren Markoe — April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (RNS) A dissenting report criticizes the commission for failing to investigate Israel.

Pope to visit war and famine hit South Sudan in October — bishop

By Jerome Socolovsky — March 21, 2017

ROME (Reuters) Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in October if the security situation in the country stricken by civil war and famine does not worsen, a bishop from the country said.

Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors

By Lauren Markoe — January 11, 2017

(RNS) ‘Nearly 1 in every 12 Christians in the world today lives in an area or in a culture in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished,’ said Open Doors CEO David Curry.

An appeal to Pope Francis in Sudanese pastors’ espionage case

By Lauren Markoe — August 31, 2016

(RNS) Human rights activists say the pastors are victims of a campaign against Christians in the Muslim-majority country.

Sudan detains 10 women for wearing miniskirts and trousers to church

By Fredrick Nzwili — July 13, 2015

(RNS) Police charged 12 women under Sudan’s 1991 Criminal Act, but two were released. The rest are to appear in court in the coming days. If convicted, each will face 40 lashes.

One year after Meriam Ibrahim’s release, two Christians face possible death penalty in Sudan

By Fredrick Nzwili — May 20, 2015

(RNS) The Rev. Michael Yat and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith, both from the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, have been charged with undermining the constitutional system and spying.

Amid tears, ‘cry out with joy:’ Pope Francis’ Christmas Day blessing

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — December 25, 2014

In his annual “Urbi et Orbi” address to the city and the world, his text features the prayers for peace and health in lands torn by strife and by Ebola .

‘Left Behind’ and ‘The Good Lie’ face off during Hollywood’s year of faith-based films

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — October 3, 2014

(RNS) “Left Behind” and “The Good Lie” both aim to attract a faith-based crowd, and they’ll both test Hollywood’s appetite for religion.

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