Faiths

New biography offers novel approach to life of Muhammad
By Joseph Hammond — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, 'Muhammad, the World-Changer: An Intimate Portrait,' biographer Mohamad Jebara takes long-established sources and weaves them together for a fresh telling of a familiar story.
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Helena synagogue building set to return to Jewish community
By Associated Press — November 12, 2021
A group of Jews in Helena, Montana hopes to buy back a synagogue that was built more than a century ago and sold soon after for $1.
Five tech innovations used as weapons against people of faith
By David Curry — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — We are witnessing the rampant criminalization of faith, enabled by the smartphones in our pockets.
What would Maimonides say about Dennis Prager?
By Mark Silk — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — The 12th-century Jewish scholar would likely have called him a majnūn.
A new aspect of the Tarot boom: Diversity in the deck
By Heather Greene — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Black, Indigenous and Latino American people are leading the rise in tarot's popularity, a new study shows.
In praise of Archbishop Gómez’s anti-racism
By Charles C. Camosy — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Simply googling Gomez would have saved his critics the self-own of trying to take down an anti-racist hero.
Pope offers hope to poor in visit to namesake’s Assisi home
By Associated Press — November 12, 2021
In one of his first outings in Italy since the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis took his time greeting some of the 500 people brought by Catholic charity groups to Assisi to join Francis in marking the Catholic Church's world day of the poor.
Harlem is home to an important part of Jewish history in New York
By Nidhi Upadhyaya — November 11, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — Harlem, most well-known as a historic Black neighborhood, also once housed the second largest population of Jews in America.
Matthew Dowd stakes his run for Texas lieutenant governor on kindness and faith
By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — Can a Democrat find the right mix of interfaith values voters to get him over the top?
For Christian birdwatchers, aka ‘ornitheoligists,’ religion takes flight
By Jessica Mundie — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — For many, the relationship between birds and Christianity does not stray farther than seeing a dove carrying an olive branch on a banner at church. However, for Christian birdwatchers, this link is alive.
Pope urges European solidarity with migrants amid new crisis
By Associated Press — November 11, 2021
He said the diversity they're bringing to the continent is renewing European cities as a “beautiful mosaic, which should not be scarred or corrupted with prejudices or hatred.”
Gal Gadot represents. Seriously.
By Jeffrey Salkin — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — Gal Gadot made me cry tears that were about 2,000 years old.
‘What fear?’: Hindus bathe in frothy, polluted Indian river
By Associated Press — November 11, 2021
Hundreds of Hindu devotees entered the Yamuna river for a holy dip to mark the festival of Chhath Puja, despite it being covered in a layer of toxic foam.