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UN launches investigation into Rohingya Muslim 'genocide' in Burma

The top United Nations human rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of Burmese security forces killing, …

South-east Asia

If you didn't like the Christian right, you'll really hate the post-Christian right

The world is still digesting what the Trump phenomenon means. One common way to understand President Trump's rise is as the Europeanization of the …

Religion

The Headscarf Isn't An Islamic Compulsion

As the relationship between growing migrant Muslim populations and the western nations that host them grows increasingly complex, the controversy over the dress code for Muslim women has taken on an alarmingly central role. The recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision, which has ruled that …

Islam

Cardinal: 'By African standards, I'm not conservative, I'm normal'

ROME – Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze is now something of a lion in winter, a robust 84 years old. You’d never know it, however, from watching him …

Religion

The long crusade: How the Mormon Church continues to war against gay marriage

Matthew McGuffin was just 25 when he was “called.” McGuffin had recently returned to his congregation after years away from the Church of Jesus …

Religion

A Seminary Snubs a Presbyterian Pastor

Princeton Theological Seminary announced earlier this month that it would award the Rev. Tim Keller its Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness. The seminary lauded Mr. Keller for his commitment to spreading Christianity in cities, his bestselling books on religion, and …

Theology

Steve Bannon's Would-Be Coalition of Christian Traditionalists

From American evangelicals to Russian Orthodox, they're united against Islam. Is that enough to overcome all that divides them?<p>“If we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries then this conflict is only going to metastasize,” said Steve Bannon in 2014. He was referring to a …

Religion

Archbishop of Canterbury to make 12-day visit to Holy Land

Justin Welby will use his first official visit to region to focus on religious freedom and challenges facing Christians in Middle East<p>The archbishop of Canterbury is to make a high-level 12-day visit to the Holy Land in May, focusing on religious freedom and the challenges facing Christians in the …

Israel

Humanities endangered

The arts and humanities may have a lower priority when it comes to the Union’s constitutional commitment to promoting the general welfare—relative to …

Humanities

UK Muslim leaders condemn 'cowardly' London attack

Incident should not be allowed to cause divisions, they say, as faith leaders of all communities due to meet at Scotland Yard<p>British Muslim leaders have condemned the terrorist attack in Westminster, with many imams expected to express shock and horror at Friday prayers.<p>More than a dozen faith …

Islamophobia

Anti Islam groups

From neo-Nazi skinheads to the KKK, extreme-right groups are flourishing.<p>Anti-Muslim hatred soared in the US in 2016 with the radical right energised …

Nation of Islam

I am not at peace with Jewish Voice for Peace

“Rabbi Salkin, we are organizing an event in [name of Florida city deleted], involving Jews and Muslims on issues of social justice. Is your …

Israel

Church of England will allow Star of David in churchyard after family of Jewish war hero discover he was accidentally buried under Christian cross

The Church of England has allowed the churchyard grave of a Jewish Second World War hero to be marked with a Star of David almost 80 years after he died.<p>In a case thought to be the first of its kind, official permission has been given for the crucifix on the grave of Pilot Officer Harold Rosofsky …

Religion

Israeli teenager arrested over bomb threats to US Jewish targets

Israeli Jewish man, 19, is suspected of being behind dozens of anonymous calls and communications<p>A 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making multiple bomb threats to Jewish organisations and an airline in the US and elsewhere.<p>The unnamed individual – who …

Terrorism

Pope Francis ranks third among Fortune’s ‘greatest leaders’

(RNS) Pope Francis has ranked third on Fortune’s annual “World’s Greatest Leaders” list, in part because of his criticism of what the magazine called …

Pope Francis

British Muslim community slam London terror attacker as 'coward who is closer to Satan than Allah'

British Muslims and mosques have slammed the terrorist who unleashed carnage on the streets of London on Wednesday as 'closer to Satanism than the …

Terrorism

Andrew Sullivan Really Took This Opportunity to Misread Intersectionality?

“Here’s the latest in the assault on liberal democracy,” writes Andrew Sullivan, as he decries the recent student shut-down of controversial author …

Racism

US cardinal: Pope committed to ending ‘scourge of sex abuse’ despite setbacks

ROME (RNS) Despite turmoil on the commission he created to deal with sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is committed “to rooting out the …

Pope Francis

I'm no extremist, says school governor banned in Trojan horse row

Tahir Alam, former chairman of governors at Park View school in Birmingham, tells tribunal he believes in democratic values<p>A former chairman of governors at a state secondary school embroiled in the alleged Trojan horse controversy has told a tribunal that he would not describe himself as extremist …

Education

A Catholic farewell : A funeral in Northern Ireland recalls religion’s power to divide and unite

A Catholic farewell A funeral in Northern Ireland recalls religion’s power to divide and unite<p>Some thoughts after the passing of Martin …

Religion

Adam and Eve: Lasting legacy of the first ‘first couple’

“The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden” depiction of Adam and Eve in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. Photo courtesy of Creative …

Theology

Prayer is not wishful nonsense. It helps us to shut up and think

Those who rush to outrage say the stupidest things. As we saw after the Westminster terror attack, modern media has killed off the quiet dignity of grief<p>Yesterday, a minute or so before 3pm, with a policeman struggling for his life outside, and with details of what had gone on still sketchy and …

Religion

Islamic group banned in German state after imam calls for killings

German state officials have banned an Islamic cultural association which ran a mosque in the central German town of Kassel due to extremist comments.

News (Ireland)

In rural Canada, churches that once shunned one another open their hearts to Syrian refugees

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees at Pearson International Airport in December 2015. Photo courtesy of the Prime …

Refugees

Lawrence Krauss on religion, science and our intellectual journey around the Universe

Krauss' new book explores the greatest story ever told - physics and the workings of our Universe<p>Author Lawrence Krauss' upcoming book is all about the history of physics and modern research, encompassing both cosmology and subatomic physics; what Krauss describes as particle astrophysics. It’s a …

Physics

Gay clergyman turned down as Welsh bishop 'blocked twice before'

Jeffrey John says the then archbishop told electors that people in civil partnerships were ineligible for the post<p>A gay Anglican clergyman who has been rejected as the next bishop of Llandaff was allegedly blocked from appointment as a bishop in Wales twice before on the grounds of his civil …

Religion

Samoa church minister sacked after Rome trip

Samoa's Congregational Christian Church has sacked one of its ministers after a trip to the Vatican.

Trump to speak at Liberty University commencement

(RNS) President Trump will give the commencement address this spring at Liberty University, the university confirmed Wednesday morning.<p>EXCLUSIVE: …

Religion

Young girl steals Pope Francis's skullcap

Blogger posts video of girl grabbing pontiff’s headgear, known as a zucchetto, before giving it back<p>A young girl has been filmed stealing Pope Francis’s skullcap, known as a <i>zucchetto,</i> as he bent down to give her a kiss on the cheek.<p>The footage was posted on Twitter on Wednesday by a blogger named …

Pope Francis