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Nationalism ‘must not prevail,’ Pope Francis says, addressing the United Nations

By Claire Giangravé — September 25, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We never emerge from a crisis just as we were. We come out either better or worse,’ Pope Francis said in a video message to the United Nations September 25.

Released from quarantine into social distancing

By Thomas Reese — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — Being quarantined is a minor place in purgatory compared with the hells of having the virus itself, losing a job or living in a society in chaos.

Human rights advocates welcome ‘landmark’ UN ruling to prevent Rohingya genocide

By Aysha Khan — January 23, 2020

(RNS) — A unanimous ruling by the International Court of Justice demanded that the Myanmar government prevent any genocidal acts and preserve all evidence of state-led atrocities against the Rohingya minority, including murder, torture, rape and arson.

Pope Francis reflects on 3 decades of international cooperation on climate change

By Claire Giangravé — November 7, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only a few days after the United States officially gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise a gathering of environmental regulators meeting in Rome this week. 

Trump condemns religious persecution amid refugee squeeze

By Elana Schor — September 26, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The president’s promise rang hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States.

To save the planet, we need faith, ethics, science and economics

By Thomas Reese — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.

US steps up pressure on China over treatment of Muslims

By Sarah DiLorenzo — September 25, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. State Department hosted a panel Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York to highlight the struggle of Uighurs.

As Venezuela refugee crisis builds, church struggles to carry out pope’s call

By Eduardo Campos Lima — April 11, 2019

SAO PAULO (RNS) — The flow of refugees has overwhelmed efforts to meet Pope Francis’ call to provide ‘hospitality and acceptance’ for immigrants.

Religious, civil rights groups ask Pompeo to request expert probe of US racism

By Adelle M. Banks — March 22, 2019

(RNS) — ‘We are deeply concerned by credible reports indicating a frightening resurgence in white supremacy,’ the groups told the secretary of state.

Church leaders pray for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims as they grieve for clergy

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 12, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Leaders of Africa’s faith traditions united in prayer for the 157 victims, who included two priests and a Roman Catholic nun.

Surgeon who recites Bible and Quran to patients wins UN award

By Bob Smietana — October 5, 2018

(RNS) — Inspired by his faith, this surgeon has spent more than two decades working to save the lives of people fleeing war and persecution in Sudan and South Sudan.

Religious leaders can’t fight terrorism with ideas alone

By Qamar-ul Huda — August 1, 2018

(RNS) — Experts and policymakers need to accept the limitations of religious leaders who live in war zones and under authoritarian regimes.

UN migration agency snubs Trump’s nominee to lead it

By Jamey Keaten — June 29, 2018

(AP) — The U.N.’s migration agency snubbed the Trump administration’s candidate to lead it on Friday, a major blow to U.S. leadership of a body addressing one of the world’s most pressing issues — and only the second time that it won’t be run by an American since 1951.

Israel minister proposes a train station named for Trump at Western Wall

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — December 27, 2017

(AP) The transport minister said this would honor the U.S. president’s “brave and historic to decision recognize the city as Israel’s capital.”

Jerusalem violence puts damper on Christmas in Bethlehem

By Yonat Shimron — December 24, 2017

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Crowds on Sunday (Dec. 24) were thinner than previous years, with visitors deterred by clashes that have broken out in recent weeks between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces.

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