October 22, 2021 •
Hydropower Project Threatens the Religious Heritage of Tibet, Protesters Claim
A nomadic Tibetan tribe and Buddhist monks protest a government plan to build a hydroelectric project that could destroy monasteries and temples in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
October 11, 2021 •
Was The Biblical Story of Sodom and Gomorrah Inspired by a Cosmic Event on Earth?
The Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah may have been inspired by a cosmic collision on Earth in 1650 B.C.
Father Boyle Shares His Whole Language of Kinship, Compassion and Tenderness
Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle is founder of Homeboy Industries, one of the world’s largest gang intervention and rehabilitation programs.
Blessing Video Inspires an International Prayer for Peace
A choir featuring members of 65 churches and ministries across the United Kingdom came together virtually in the height of the pandemic to record their own version of a new song.
September 28, 2021 •
Pope Francis Prepares to Revamp Policymaking in Catholic Church
Pope Francis is setting the stage for an unprecedented overhaul of the power structure within the Roman Catholic Church—a change aimed at reforming the institution’s hierarchical decision-making mechanism by replacing it with a decentralized system of authority.
September 22, 2021 •
Christian Leaders Urge the World to ‘Listen to The Cry of the Earth’
The world’s three top Christian leaders have made an unprecedented joint appeal on climate change to members of their churches.
September 16, 2021 •
The Muslim Experience in the Shadow of 9/11
A panel of journalists and scholars speak of the impact of 9/11 on American Muslims.
September 15, 2021 •
Pope Francis Urges Hungary to ‘Extend its Arms Toward Everyone’
After meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in private September 12, in a speech at an outdoor Mass attended by tens of thousands, Pope Francis urged inclusion.
September 13, 2021 •
Christians in Afghanistan Face Grim Future under Taliban Rule, Watchdog Warns
As American troops evacuate Afghanistan, a Christian group warns of dire consequences for Afghan Christians.
September 10, 2021 •
‘Christ the Protector’—Statue of Jesus is a Symbol of ‘Divine Protection and Blessings’
As objects of religious devotion and worship, few cultural icons anywhere can rival the roughly three dozen monumental statues of Jesus Christ built over nearly a century across the planet.
September 8, 2021 •
14-Year-Old High School Freshman Prepares for Life as a Tibetan Buddhist Lama
Jalue Dorje, high school freshman from Minnesota, hopes to become an apostle of peace.
September 2, 2021 •
The Actor Who Portrays Jesus in ‘The Chosen’ is Aware of the Honor and Responsibility He Now Bears
Jonathan Roumie, a devout Roman Catholic, has been inspired in his portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the television series The Chosen by Pope Francis’s vision of mercy.
Remembering the Man Who Helped Restore the Sight of Thousands of Tibetans
Marc Lieberman, a San Francisco ophthalmologist who organized dialogue between the Dalai Lama and American Jewish leaders and restored the eyesight of thousands of Tibetans, died August 2 at 72.
Latter-day Saints Step Up Efforts to Provide Refugee Relief
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has updated its official handbook, calling on members to extend support to refugees.
Bavarian Administrative Court Rules a “Sect Filter” is Illegal
A historic decision by the State Administrative Court of Appeal of Bavaria rules that requiring the signing of a controversial “sect filter ” to receive a grant for an e-bike violates the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.
American Family’s ‘Freedom Trek’ in the Rockies Rallies Support for the Uyghurs in China
An American family has taken to the Colorado wilderness to focus public attention on human rights abuse occurring 6,700 miles away in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, home to the minority Muslim Uyghur community.
Pope Celebrates Catholic Church’s First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Pope Francis initiates World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, urging people everywhere to reach out to older generations.
Anglican Church’s Apology for the Expulsion of the Jews From Medieval England
The Church of England has revealed plans to apologize, for the first time since it was established in 1534 , for the 1222 expulsion of Jews from medieval England.
Priest on a Mission to Change Perception of Deafness
A Catholic cleric who is among roughly two-dozen deaf priests worldwide is on a mission to change the perception of deafness so it is treated as a culture not a disability.
COVID-19 Risks Prompt Saudi Arabia to Restrict Hajj for a Second Year
As in 2020, foreigners eager to perform Islam’s holiest pilgrimage, the Hajj, will not be permitted to enter the kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
Sikh Humanitarian Groups Come to the Aid of COVID-19 Victims in India
As India braces for a third wave of COVID-19 infections, faith-based Sikh nongovernment organizations are providing life-saving oxygen concentrators free of cost to people who have trouble breathing.
Muslims ‘Missing and Maligned’ in Popular Western Films, Study Finds
“The narrow view that top films provide of the Muslim community is one that must shift and grow to ensure that Muslims are not only represented on screen, but that their stories can connect with and inspire audiences around the world,” new study shows.
First Muslim U.S. Federal Judge Makes History
The United States Senate has confirmed the son of Pakistani immigrants as a federal judge, marking the first time in the nation’s history that a Muslim has become a Federal District Court judge.
Buddhist Monastery in New York to Protect Dalai Lama’s Legacy, Promote World Peace
A Buddhist monastery affiliated with His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is intensifying a fundraising campaign to build a one-of-a-kind library, learning center and museum on its estate in Ithaca, New York, devoted to promoting human values and religious harmony.
Church of Scientology Pastor Reflects on the Role of the Religion Communicator in Today’s World
Pastor of the Church of Scientology Nashville and vice president of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) Board of Governors, Brian Fesler is a decades-long veteran in the art of making religion meaningful across religious and cultural divides.
Irish Religious Leaders Urge British, EU Politicians to Find Solutions to Recent Street Violence
These challenges can only be addressed by political leaders coming together with a genuine desire to find solutions. they say.
Archbishop of Canterbury Praises Prince Philip’s ‘Remarkable Willingness’ to Take Life as it Came
The death of Duke of Edinburgh at age 99 on Easter Friday led to an outpouring of grief across the world.
Israeli Families Once Again Celebrate Passover Together
After a year contending with COVID-19 and regulations preventing the gathering of friends and extended families, for Passover this year, with coronavirus infections plummeting, the country has eased restrictions and families are celebrating together once again.
February 28, 2021 •
Black History Month, the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Message for Our Times
Eight years before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech where he shared his dream for America, that dream was born in the city of Montgomery, Alabama.
February 17, 2021 •
UN Adopts Resolution to Safeguard Religious Sites, Promote Culture of Peace and Tolerance
A United Nations General Assembly resolution calls for greater efforts to protect religious sites from acts of violence.
February 3, 2021 •
On the Anniversary of Congress Passing the 13th Amendment, Celebrating the Role of the Society of Friends in the Fight Against Slavery in America
Quakers relentlessly championed the rights of every man and woman to live free.
February 3, 2021 •
Remembering Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Icon Whose Faith Inspired Her Resistance
A quiet, tired seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus propelled the U.S. civil rights movement into wide public view, Rosa Parks was also a religious woman whose faith prompted her defiant action in 1955.
January 18, 2021 •
World Religion Day: Never More Important
Every year, on the third Sunday in January people of myriad cultures and backgrounds come together on World Religion Day in celebration of the commonality of faiths throughout the world.
Muslim and Jewish Leaders Protest EU Court Decision Banning Kosher and Halal Ritual Slaughter
Last month’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU outlaws the ritual slaughter called for in Muslim and Orthodox Jewish law.
2020 Ends on High Note for Arkansas Neighborhood Where the Holidays Were Marred by Racism
A powerful instance of community harmony and unity unfolded in Arkansas just as the year was ending in the midst of the most subdued Christmas in living memory.
December 21, 2020 •
Do University Cuts to Religious Studies Programs Threaten Social Cohesion in Our Multireligious World?
A growing number of U.S. universities, struggling to cope with financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, are cutting academic programs on the study of religion.
December 21, 2020 •
Reparation Initiatives Gather Momentum in U.S. Churches
Across much of the United States, religious groups are taking offering reparations to African Americans.
December 17, 2020 •
Chicago’s Episcopal Diocese Elects First Black Female Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago made history December 12 by electing its first African American and first woman bishop, Rev. Paula E. Clark.
December 14, 2020 •
Hanukkah Candles Burn Bright Despite the Pandemic
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the celebration of Hanukkah, which began December 10 this year, throughout the world, the joy of the festival shines through.
November 30, 2020 •
Berkley Center Addresses the Role of Religion in Global Affairs
Through research, teaching, and public engagement the Center seeks to resolve complex global challenges to peace.
November 10, 2020 •
Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference Resumes Fall Webinars
The Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference (SEAFoRB), an annual assembly of religious freedom advocates, human rights groups, academics and policymakers, resumed its 2020 series of webinars today in Bangkok, Thailand.
November 2, 2020 •
Elite Marathoner’s Shabbat Observance Challenges Tokyo Olympics Schedule
Orthodox Jewish runner, Beatie Deutsche, winner of Israel’s national marathon championship in 2019, won’t be competing in the Tokyo Olympics unless the IOC changes their decision and holds the women’s marathon any other day but Saturday.
October 27, 2020 •
Thoughts on International Religious Freedom Day From the Church of Scientology Nashville
In any ordinary year, the Church of Scientology Nashville holds a special service to observe International Religious Freedom Day, open to members of all faiths or none. But this is no ordinary year.
European Religious Envoy Position to be Reinstated in the Wake of Demands From Faith Leaders, Politicians and Civil Society
Facing intense pressure from faith leaders across Europe’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as parliamentarians, national representatives, scholars and civil society, the European Commission has decided to restore the position of Special Envoy to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief
Academics From the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University Offer Advice on Achieving Racial Justice
As the Black Lives Matter movement swept the country and inspired worldwide protest, two academics specializing in religion and community life addressed what churches can do to confront and reverse racial injustice.
Baptist Group Champions Religious Liberty Through Activism, Education and Training
Under the motto “Faith. Freedom. For All,” the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) “brings people together” to tackle three threats to religious liberty in America.
Survey Finds Faith Strengthened by the COVID-19 Pandemic
One in four Americans reports their faith has become stronger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a nationwide survey.