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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.
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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.

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.

Human trafficking suit spreads to Hindu temples in 5 states

By David Porter — November 11, 2021
A lawsuit in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking by luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day has widened to four other states. In the initial lawsuit filed in May, workers at a Hindu temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey, claimed leaders […]

What the world can learn from the Buddhist concept loving-kindness

By Brooke Schedneck — November 11, 2021
(The Conversation) — On World Kindness Day, a scholar of Buddhist studies explains its idea of compassion and the diverse ways to think about and express kindness.

Priest gets life term in child porn, exploitation case

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Robert McWilliams was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Akron in front of an overflow gallery filled with the family of three victims.

Palestinian PM: Only two-state solution can end ‘apartheid’

By Joseph Krauss — November 10, 2021
Israel says it made generous offers to the Palestinians in past rounds of peace talks, while the Palestinians say those proposals fell short of their rights under international law.

Survey in Britain finds lack of awareness about Holocaust

By Josef Federman — November 10, 2021
The survey concluded that 52% of respondents surveyed in the U.K. did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

Haiti priest recounts abduction by gang holding missionaries

By DÁnica Coto — November 10, 2021
The Haitian priest and nine other people had just been kidnapped while driving through the outskirts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in early April.

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.

Bentleys to Buddhas: Vintage-car shop restores temple statue

By Peter Smith — November 9, 2021
The monks of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center approached Exoticars, a car restoration shop in Pittsburgh, for the restoration of its outdoor statue of the Buddha.
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