Minneapolis native and artist Mark Balma received a commission to paint frescoes on the walls of a Catholic church just north of Rome in 2020, but COVID found him locked out of the country. So instead, he has been painting his frescoes in a studio in uptown Minneapolis.
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Kenneth Copeland served on Donald Trump's evangelical advisory panel in 2016.
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Amid the Boy Scouts of America’s complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from future sex-abuse lawsuits — could leave many churches unprotected. The Boy Scouts sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020 in an effort to halt individual lawsuits and create a huge compensation fund for thousands of men who say they were molested as youngsters by scoutmasters or other leaders.
- LA Times
Law dictates that employers must make "reasonable accommodations" for workers who refuse to be vaccinated because of religious beliefs. But in some jobs, an accommodation may not be possible.
- The Conversation
How the world's biggest Islamic organization drives religious reform in Indonesia – and seeks to influence the Muslim world
A gathering during the 73rd anniversary of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2019. Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesAfter its return to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are again imposing their religious ideology, with restrictions on women’s rights and other repressive measures. They are presenting to the world an image of Islam that is intolerant and at odds with social changes. Islam, however, has multiple interpretations. A humanitarian interpretation, focusin
Pope Francis acknowledges head-on the virulence of his right-wing Catholic critics: ‘Some wanted me dead’
"I know," says the pope, that "there were even meetings among priests who thought the pope was in worse shape than what was being said. They were preparing the conclave."
Narendra Modi's troubling brand of democracy is a human rights challenge for the White House.
When President Tayyip Erdogan opened a new court complex this month, Turkey's senior cleric sealed the ceremony with a Muslim prayer, triggering protests from critics who said his actions contravened the secular constitution. "Make this wonderful work beneficial and blessed for our nation, my God," Ali Erbas said in his address, adding that many judges had "worked to bring the justice which (God) ordered". Erbas's appearance at the Sept. 1 ceremony in Ankara, and the wave of opposition criticism over his comments, reflect his rising profile at the head of a state-run religious organisation and the growing influence it has attained under Erdogan.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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How the Satanic Temple is using 'abortion rituals' to claim religious liberty against the Texas' 'heartbeat bill'
Two women hold mock pro-life signs in what they call an 'Abortrait room' at the Satanic Temple’s headquarters to protest abortion laws. Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty imagesTexas’s controversial anti-abortion law known as the “Heartbeat Bill” went into effect at midnight on Sept. 1, 2021. Less than 24 hours later, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it would not block the law. In response, The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic group that has been recognized by the IRS as a religion, announced that it w
- Washington Examiner
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to high-ranking Catholic criticism of an abortion rights bill by stating that she came from a "pro-life" family but has different views.
- USA TODAY
When a spiritual adviser is present at an execution, what may they do? Can they pray out loud? Can they put a hand on an inmate’s shoulder?
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The pontiff greeted fourteen members of the families, including seven children, ahead of the general audience at the Vatican.Pope Francis has recently said he was praying that many countries take Afghan refugees and, in an apparent reference to the Taliban's past restrictions on schooling for women, said it is essential that young Afghans receive an education.The pope is a strong supporter of the rights of refugees and migrants.
The ongoing Boy Scouts of America's bankruptcy case could now leave thousands of religious groups open to lawsuits, the AP reports.Why it matters: The Boy Scouts struck an $850 million settlement in July, which would ultimately bar further sexual abuse lawsuits against it and its local councils. However, the settlement did not extend protections to the more than 40,000 organizations that had ties to the Boy Scouts. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets.
- WMUR - Manchester
John McCormack, who served as bishop for the Diocese of Manchester from 1998 through 2011, has died. He was 86.
- WTVF - Nashville Scripps
Mask exemptions continue to be a highly debated issue, especially when based on religious beliefs.
- The Daily Beast
Carlos Jasso/ReutersFacebook is continuing to run ads for so-called “abortion pill reversal” a week after a report showed it had raked in more than $100,000 for advertising the unproven medical procedure.Data from the Facebook Ad library shows the tech company allowed three ads from the anti-abortion group Live Action to run in the week after the report was published; all of them claimed that “it is possible to reverse the abortion pill.” As The Daily Beast has previously reported, “abortion pil
And why her new book, 'Dusk Night Dawn,' is a roadmap for this angsty moment
A Catholic priest and his roommate are in some major hot water...
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It's that time of year to get your inner "yum" on! For the second consecutive year, the annual Congregation Beth Shalom Food Faire is online-only. The deadline to order from their online menu is Oct. 14. "We like to say we are offering traditional Jewish fare in non-traditional times," said Dev Berger, Jewish Food Faire, co-chair.
- Lexington Herald-Leader
Paul Prather: In my long dual experiences as a pastor and as a religion columnist, I’ve observed that often well-meaning, conscientious folks misunderstand what faith in God tends to look like.