ROME (RNS) Inspired by Pope Francis' 2015 "Laudato Si'" encyclical, clergy from Catholic, Protestant Jewish, Buddhist and other faiths joined indigenous leaders from Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to call for urgent action to protect the forests.
(RNS) Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic's border town of Bangassou, said a United Nations official.
(RNS) It is not clear where the group is getting the aid, but its own network of sponsors and sympathizers are believed to be donating. Protection money and extortion are also believed to be funding the relief effort.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff spoke as talks on a proposed global nuclear arms ban at the United Nations seem doomed to fail with the U.S., France, Britain and South Korea among nearly 40 countries boycotting the talks.
(RNS) For far too long, our country has not done enough to help religious minorities in the Middle East via safe zones or refugee resettlement.
In the form of the religious Zionists of the settler movement.
Both the left and the right are rejoicing over the UN resolution. That's not good.
LISBON, Portugal (RNS) Former Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is known as a consensus seeker, but one who draws the line when it comes to his own conscience.
(RNS) The bans are a 'stupid reaction' to terrorism that do not improve security and fuel religious intolerance, the UN says.
(Reuters) Experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were 'arbitrary arrests' based on religion and release those detained for free speech and assembly.
(RNS) "If you’re a good swimmer, you’ve got an obligation to jump in the river to save a drowning child."
JERUSALEM (Reuters) "I was shocked to hear that UNESCO adopted a decision denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday (May 6) in a statement.
(RNS) Churches and mosques are at the center of the violence, which includes the deaths of 60 cattle herders who suffocated to death while detained in a container at an abandoned Catholic church compound.
Those who fled are grateful to be alive. Yet, said one, "2016 may be different in some ways, but the truth is the trauma remains."
UNITED NATIONS -- The crimes were committed against Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean, and Kaka'i people in Nineveh province between June and August 2014, found a report by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.