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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.

Pope offers hope to poor in visit to namesake’s Assisi home

By Nicole Winfield and Alessandra Tarantino — November 12, 2021

Survey in Britain finds lack of awareness about Holocaust

By Josef Federman — November 10, 2021
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War and soldiers have changed over a century. Chaplains remain a powerful force.

By Joe Drape — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — In a day when soldiers are often not religiously affiliated, chaplains still make connections across faiths.

Dalai Lama says China’s leaders ‘don’t understand’ diversity

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
On Wednesday, the 86-year-old Buddhist monk said he wished to remain home in India rather than get involved in the “complicated politics" between China, run by the officially atheist Communist Party, and strongly Buddhist Taiwan.

US Holocaust Museum says China boosting Uyghur repression

By Matthew Lee — November 9, 2021
The museum says it has compiled evidence of increasing government repression against Uyghur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region, something China has repeatedly declined.

French bishops agree to compensate sex abuse victims

By Associated Press — November 8, 2021
They committed to allocating money to a specific fund “in order to compensate victims,” notably by selling property or through a potential loan.

European diversity campaign celebrating Hijab ended after French backlash

By Joseph Hammond — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — A Council of Europe spokesperson told the BBC the organization had taken down the campaign tweets, 'while we reflect on a better presentation of the project.'

Pope decries Ethiopia’s humanitarian crisis, urges dialogue

By Associated Press — November 8, 2021
The war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has killed thousands of people and displaced millions and left many struggling with severe hunger.

Jewish groups urge Senate to hold hearing on antisemitism envoy

By Yonat Shimron — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Biden nominated Deborah Lipstadt to the post of antisemitism envoy in July. But Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they're examining some of her past tweets.

Israeli police protect women’s prayer group from ultra-Orthodox protesters

By Michele Chabin — November 5, 2021
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Until now, Israeli security forces have done the bare minimum to enforce crowd control during the controversial prayer group’s once-a-month services in the women’s section of the Western Wall.

COP26 event urges partnership between religious, Indigenous leaders to save planet

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — There can be no solution to the climate crisis that does not recognize the rights and spiritualities of Indigenous peoples, according to religious leaders who gathered for the official COP26 side event ‘Making Peace with Nature.’

India’s Modi invites pope to visit after 2017 plan collapsed

By Nicole Winfield and Aijaz Hussain — November 1, 2021
Modi is in Rome for the Group of 20 summit, and his visit to the Vatican marked the first time in more than 20 years that an Indian leader has met a pope.

Digitizing sacred spaces: How COVID-19 fueled innovation of Hindu ritual websites

By Dheepa Sundaram — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has led to a boom in innovative digital ritual applications.

Dispatches from the U.S.-Mexico border: A ride for immigration justice

By Doug Pagitt — October 28, 2021
(RNS) —A 3,200-mile bike ride along the U.S.-Mexico border to see what America's immigration policy looks like in action.
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