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Earthquake survivors face a 'dark' Ramadan in Turkey

Earthquake survivors face a 'dark' Ramadan in Turkey

Eight years ago, Wael fled to Turkey amid the threat of bombings and airstrikes unleashed during the Syrian civil war. Now, nearly two months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake decimated parts of Turkey and Syria, Wael said he and other Syrian refugees are coping with an event that’s arguably more traumatic than the war they escaped from in the first place.“We’re all waiting for the next catastrophe or the next disaster. Maybe a volcano or some new disease,” Wael, who asked to go by his first name for security purposes, told Religion News Service in a call from Gaziantep, Turkey. “Most or all...

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Indigenous activists share mixed feelings on Vatican repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery

Indigenous activists share mixed feelings on Vatican repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery

Support our work(RNS) — Steven Newcomb, who is Shawnee and Lenape, recalls first writing to the pope in 1992 to ask him to revoke the papal bulls behind the Doctrine of Discovery.That was Pope John Paul II. Two popes ago.So when the Vatican released a statement last week saying it repudiated that doctrine — which, backed by a series of 15th-century papal bulls, justified the domination by European Christians of lands already inhabited by Indigenous peoples — Newcomb said he wasn’t terribly surprised.“I just think it’s fascinating and it’s really great because what it does is it catapults...

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In remote Himalayan desert, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians unite to protect land, heritage

In remote Himalayan desert, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians unite to protect land, heritage

The movement has been effective because ‘faith leaders are trusted more than political parties,’ said one activist in the region. On Jan. 26, when 56-year-old Buddhist engineer-innovator Sonam Wangchuk started his hunger strike in the remote Himalayan desert of Ladakh, Muslims and Buddhists — communities divided for more than six decades — rallied around him. Wangchuk was on a five-day symbolic fast to draw the attention of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government to the demands of the people of Ladakh. Currently governed by India, the union territory of Ladakh in the larger...

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Breakaway Texas UMC megachurch reveals plans for new Methodist denomination

Breakaway Texas UMC megachurch reveals plans for new Methodist denomination

Last year, White’s Chapel, a large congregation in a wealthy suburb outside of Dallas, overwhelmingly voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. Today, the church, which draws more than 2,000 people on a Sunday, belongs to a denomination of one, a network it is calling the Methodist Collegiate Church. Since 2019, 2,996 churches have formally broken from the United Methodist Church over theological disagreements about ordaining or marrying LGBTQ members of the church, according to the United Methodist News Service. Of those, about 2,000 have joined the Global Methodist Church, a...

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Lebanon's unique religious diversity is under threat

Lebanon's unique religious diversity is under threat

Lebanon teeters on the brink, with the country’s openness its biggest asset and liability. While exact numbers are unknown, the society is evenly divided between Christians, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims, with the ancient Druze community adding a smaller fourth element. Such balance is unique in the Middle East and sets the nation apart from its neighbors. But internal forces and external actors threaten the future of coexistence, which may cause its disintegration.Having visited Lebanon myself on multiple occasions, the small country of 4 million is constantly in a state of crisis. The...

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The IRS just hiked taxes on private jet flights. Pastors are not excluded.

The IRS just hiked taxes on private jet flights. Pastors are not excluded.

In 2017, Texas-based televangelist Kenneth Copeland told his followers he received a very specific message from the Holy Spirit: The Lord had set aside a luxury Gulfstream V jet for his ministry’s use. Copeland purchased the jet — in cash — from renowned filmmaker Tyler Perry in November of that year and soon released a celebratory video, along with an ask for another $2.5 million for upgrades. “Let’s be aggressive in our faith, in our giving and in our harvesting!” the January 12, 2018, post said.Copeland is one of a handful of prosperity gospel pastors who insist that jets are essential...

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Report: LGBTQ Americans tend to be younger and have no religion

Report: LGBTQ Americans tend to be younger and have no religion

Support our work(RNS) — For the most part, religious Americans say their LGBTQ neighbors should be free of discrimination when they are at work, in public or at home.This is true even among groups that oppose same-sex marriage.One place they disagree is over whether businesses — such as cake bakers or other vendors — ever have the right to refuse service. On that issue, Americans are split along religious and party lines.Meanwhile, almost half of LGBTQ Americans are young and claim no religion. Those are among the findings of a new report on polarization and LGBTQ rights from the...

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Asteroid named after pope behind Gregorian calendar reform

Asteroid named after pope behind Gregorian calendar reform

Pope Gregory XIII, the 16th century pontiff responsible for what is today known as the Gregorian calendar, now has another, celestial claim to fame. A working group of the International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid after him, the Vatican Observatory said Tuesday.The “560974 Ugoboncompagni” — Gregory’s birth name was Ugo Boncompagni — was announced along with 72 other named asteroids in the Feb. 27 update of the union’s Working Group for Small Bodies Nomenclature.Also included in the new group are three Jesuits affiliated with the Vatican Observatory, bringing to more than 30 the...

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Across the country, a push to observe Muslim holidays in school calendars

Across the country, a push to observe Muslim holidays in school calendars

Instead of fully enjoying celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, Aisha Majdoub has often found herself preoccupied, wondering what her classmates were doing or thinking about missed schoolwork as she tried to commemorate the holiday with family.“ If you miss math for one day, it’s pretty tough to get back on track,” said Majdoub, 15, a sophomore at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, a public high school in San Francisco.Her parents have also felt guilty, she said, “like (they) were depriving me of a day of education.” During Eid al-Fitr, which...

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Trump prophet Jeremiah Johnson ends ministry, saying, 'we need to humble ourselves'

Trump prophet Jeremiah Johnson ends ministry, saying, 'we need to humble ourselves'

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