RELIGION: Poet Cavafy is still an unremarkable symbol of Greek culture and Egypt
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RELIGION: Poet Cavafy is still an unremarkable symbol of Greek culture and Egypt

ALEXANDRIA (RNS). — A small marble sign in Arabic, English, and Greek indicating that the “Cavafys’ House,” a museum dedicated in part to the poet Constantine Cavafy, can be found on the second floor of the apartment. The thicket of electric lines that anchor the structure, which seems more at home in the past than…

RELIGION: Jon Foreman, Switchfoot, posts video in support of LGBTQ rights and freedoms
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RELIGION: Jon Foreman, Switchfoot, posts video in support of LGBTQ rights and freedoms

(RNS] — On Friday, September 1, Switchfoot, a Grammy-winning rock band, released a TikTok TikTok video that sent a positive message to the LGBTQ community. 17. This video was created in response to Semler, a queer Christian artist who posted a video last Wednesday seeking clarification on the band’s position toward LGBTQ inclusion. “Yes. I…

RELIGION: (***) (**) Churches adopt pandemic-era Airbnb model
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RELIGION: (***) (**) Churches adopt pandemic-era Airbnb model

RNS] — Membership at Cullen Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas took a dive after the death of its founder pastor. With less revenue coming in pledges, and the costs of maintaining the church, which would have taken up almost a block of the city block, “we had more than we could do with and couldn’t…

RELIGION: Pope Francis is determined to break down church hierarchies but it may not be enough for women
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RELIGION: Pope Francis is determined to break down church hierarchies but it may not be enough for women

VATICAN CITY(RNS) — Pope Francis’ vision of the future Catholic Church states that bishops will no more make decisions by themselves but must work in partnership with their faithful. The two-year, new process of preparing for synods will start in October. It promises to transform the power structures within the church. It might not be…

RELIGION: David C Cook names business visionary John Aden as new chief executive officer
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RELIGION: David C Cook names business visionary John Aden as new chief executive officer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — One of the world’s largest Christian media and music providers, David C Cook announced today that John Aden will serve as the ministry’s new CEO, effective immediately. At some of the world’s top companies, including Walmart Inc., Mac Tools and Frito-Lay, and for more than 25 years, Aden has been a…

RELIGION: Christian author Josh McDowell apologises for remarks about Black, minority families
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RELIGION: Christian author Josh McDowell apologises for remarks about Black, minority families

RNS– Josh McDowell, a best-selling Christian author, spoke out against systemic racism at a national gathering Christian counselors. He said that Black Americans were not taught to value hard work and education. Josh McDowell is best-known for his book “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”, and other books that defend the Christian faith. He gave a…

RELIGION: Trump is gone but Muslim federal workers still believe reforms are needed
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RELIGION: Trump is gone but Muslim federal workers still believe reforms are needed

RNS] — Muslim federal employees claim they were discriminated against by President Trump. Many support a new initiative by Muslim Americans in Public Service to get the Biden administration to adopt policies that are more inclusive of Muslim Americans working for government agencies. In early 2018, President Biden signed Executive Order 14035,, launching a “governmentwide…

RELIGION: She was a member of the church sanctuary for three years. Her story is told in a new documentary.
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RELIGION: She was a member of the church sanctuary for three years. Her story is told in a new documentary.

(RNS] Edith Espinal is enjoying a good September after she spent three years in church sanctuary as she fought the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. Last week, the 44-year-old Mexican native was granted a work permit, giving her hope that she will be able to support herself seven months after securing assurances she was no longer…

RELIGION: Is it base booster? Georgia’s Bible-quoting pro Trump billboard raises eyebrows
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RELIGION: Is it base booster? Georgia’s Bible-quoting pro Trump billboard raises eyebrows

RNS] — Late last week, a large billboard with former President Donald Trump’s picture and a Bible quote was placed on a road in northwest Georgia. A billboard comparing Trump and Jesus vanished a few days later. This caused confusion and outrage. “Unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his…

RELIGION: NY Governor vows to fight vaccine mandate lawsuit
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RELIGION: NY Governor vows to fight vaccine mandate lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP). — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed this week to fight a lawsuit launched by a group of Christian health care practitioners who argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many health care workers is unconstitutional because it lacks a religious exemption. A federal judge temporarily stopped Tuesday’s execution of any…

RELIGION: Ex-residents of a Catholic orphanage ask the church for funding therapy
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RELIGION: Ex-residents of a Catholic orphanage ask the church for funding therapy

SOUTHBURLINGTON, Vt. (AP). — A few of the former residents of a long-closed Vermont home for the poor want the Catholic Church’s support in paying for therapy to help them recover from abuse they suffered at the hands of priests and nuns they were supposed to be looking after. The youngest members of The Voices…

RELIGION: Trump is gone but Muslim federal workers still believe reforms are needed to protect their jobs.
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RELIGION: Trump is gone but Muslim federal workers still believe reforms are needed to protect their jobs.

RNS] — Federal employees of Muslim faith who feel discriminated against by President Trump are calling for federal policies that prevent workplace bias. Many support a new initiative by Muslim Americans in Public Service to get the Biden administration to implement measures that are more inclusive of Muslim Americans working for government agencies. In early…

RELIGION: Washington DC churches request extra police protection in advance of right-wing rally
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RELIGION: Washington DC churches request extra police protection in advance of right-wing rally

WASHINGTON(RNS) — The National Capital’s houses of worship will be protected by additional police officers ahead of a right-wing rally. This is after Proud Boys members torched and burned church banners in December 2020.. In a letter to Washington Metropolitan Police officers on Thursday (Sept. 16), Asbury Methodist Church pastor, Rev. Ianther M. Mills and…

RELIGION: Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end
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RELIGION: Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end

(RNS) — The jingle for the 40th birthday celebration for Tammy Faye Bakker on The PTL Club in 1982 is perhaps the most concise summation of her personality and her message ever spoken: “It’s Tammy, a double whammy of turnin’ on Christian love.” Throughout her long career, Tammy Faye Messner (nee LaValley, formerly Bakker) was…

RELIGION: Two rabbis, a pope and a new concern over supersessionism
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RELIGION: Two rabbis, a pope and a new concern over supersessionism

RNS] — A recent uneasy exchange between Rome’s Chief Rabbinate and Vatican over Pope Francis’ sermons that suggested that Jewish observance is no longer necessary. This new tension is significant because the flowering Catholic-Jewish dialogue has since 1965 served as a positive model to other religions around the world, demonstrating how two religions with such…

RELIGION: Another Texas execution delayed due to religious freedom claims
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RELIGION: Another Texas execution delayed due to religious freedom claims

HOUSTON (AP). — A Texas inmate was delayed his execution over claims that the state violated his religious freedom by refusing to allow his spiritual advisor to touch him during his lethal injection. Ruben Gutierrez was set to be executed on Oct. 27 for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old Brownsville woman in 1998. But a judge…

RELIGION: Rebooting Hildegard of Bingen
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RELIGION: Rebooting Hildegard of Bingen

(RNS) — In my parish we celebrate vespers for all four of the women who have been named doctors of the church: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen. While the other three tend to be revered as mystics, reformers or holy examples, modern imagery of Hildegard, whose feast…

RELIGION: What is the Moon Festival? A scholar of Chinese religions explains
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RELIGION: What is the Moon Festival? A scholar of Chinese religions explains

The Conversation] — The arrival of September brings with it the possibility of cooler temperatures and the Mid-Autumn Festival or Zhongqiu jie (Zhong Qiu Jie ), also called the Moon Festival. At this time of year, the Chinese shop down the street from our house in Gainesville, Florida stocks mooncakes. Similar practices are found in…

RELIGION: Survey: Americans are blaming insurgents on their faith
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RELIGION: Survey: Americans are blaming insurgents on their faith

(RNS). — A new study has found that white evangelicals are more likely than other religious groups to blame left wing activists for Jan. 6’s insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. Other white Christian groups were split on the question which allowed for multiple responses, while Black Protestants are more inclined to point out white supremacists…

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