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Photos of the Week: Hindu sun god festival, Mexico Migrant Mass

By Kit Doyle — November 12, 2021
(RNS) - This week’s photo gallery includes the Hindu sun god festival Chhath Puja, a Mass for migrants in Mexico and more.
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Tony Evans, Priscilla Shirer see Bible lessons anew in documentary of Holy Land trip

By Adelle M. Banks — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I've been five times, but the experience was like the first time,’ said Evans. ‘The reality of the living Christ coming through that location dominates.’

Helena synagogue building set to return to Jewish community

By Iris Samuels — 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.

Women in Argentina claim labor exploitation by Opus Dei

By DÉbora Rey — November 12, 2021
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lucía Giménez still suffers pain in her knees from the years she spent scrubbing floors in the men’s bathroom at the Opus Dei residence in Argentina’s capital for hours without pay. Giménez, now 56, joined the conservative Catholic group in her native Paraguay at the age of 14 with the […]

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.

Attorney: No more `Black pastors’ in court for Arbery case

By Russ Bynum — November 12, 2021
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — An attorney for one of the white men standing trial in the death of Ahmaud Arbery told the judge Thursday he doesn’t want “any more Black pastors” in the courtroom after the Rev. Al Sharpton sat with the slain man’s family. Kevin Gough represents William “Roddie” Bryan, who along with father […]

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

By Nicole Winfield and Alessandra Tarantino — 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.”

Education, religious groups gain most from giving strategy

By Haleluya Hadero — November 11, 2021
A study released by Indiana University and The Giving USA Foundation showed that between 2014 and 2018, grants from donor-advised funds were mostly given to education, religious and other public-society benefit organizations.

‘What fear?’: Hindus bathe in frothy, polluted Indian river

By Shonal Ganguly and Altaf Qadri — 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.
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