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July 1, 2022   •   

Thousands Celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Some 6,000 druids, pagans and new age revelers gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate midsummer sunrise.

June 29, 2022   •   

On Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer”

In 1904, Mark Twain submitted a short piece to his publisher in which a congregation prays for victory in a coming war.

April 15, 2022   •   

The True Meaning of Passover

A cornucopia of memorable Passover quotes compiled by Rebekah Lowin, editor at Hearst Magazines and the founder of the Jewish lifestyle site

June 24, 2021   •   

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Honored with a Mass at the Iglesia Santa Maria in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico

Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Mexico City were honored at a special Mass at the Iglesia Santa Maria de las Capuchinas to recognize them for their service.

April 20, 2021   •   

Muslims Celebrate a Much More Normal Ramadan Compared to 2020

Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan began April 13 under more relaxed restrictions compared to last year.

September 18, 2020   •   

Jews Everywhere Welcome the New Year in the Year of the Coronavirus

As the sun sets around the globe September 18, 2020, Jews everywhere celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an eye to preventing a surge in COVID-19.

August 27, 2020   •   

Indiana University’s Chin Languages Research Project Provides Vital Information on the Pandemic to Burmese Christian Refugees

Thousands of members of the Christian Chin community who escaped severe religious persecution are now finding themselves as refugees in the United States contending with a different kind of menace: COVID-19.

July 18, 2020   •   

Devotees in India Reignite Their Religious Faith Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

In India, one of the world’s most observant countries, temples are cautiously reopening in the wake of the pandemic.

May 2, 2020   •   

Spring Harvest Festival Ushers in Sikh New Year

Sikhs and Hindus around the world celebrated Baisakhi differently this year. The northern Indian spring harvest festival marks the advent of the new year for Sikhs and the solar new year for Hindus.

April 23, 2020   •   

Coronavirus Makes it Hard on the Poor During Ramadan

As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins April 23, Muslims are experiencing radical changes in the way it is observed.

April 22, 2020   •   

COVID-19 is Changing the Way Ramadan Will Be Observed

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran are among the major Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East to ban public religious gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan in an effort to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 9, 2020   •   

A Message of Hope to Rome and the World

“Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities,” said Pope Francis Friday in his Urbi et Orbi (To the City [Rome] and the World) address from St. Peter’s Square.

April 8, 2020   •   

Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

This year’s Passover celebration will be very different from the traditional large gatherings where the extended family celebrates together.

March 27, 2020   •   

Religions Share a Common Message in These Trying Times

The Golden Rule as expressed in so many of the world’s religions can help reduce stress and lessen the impact of the pandemic on people’s daily lives.

March 20, 2020   •   

UK Publishes Results of Religious Survey

Results of a survey conducted by the UK Office for National Statistics titled “Analysis of a range of health outcomes of people of different religious identities in England and Wales.“

January 1, 2020   •   

What Does the Future Hold for Religion?

As the world bids goodbye to this millennium’s second decade, what will the next 10 years hold? Religion News Service put that question to an intellectually and spiritually diverse range of scholars, leaders, activists and experts, asking them to reflect on the past decade and use it as a springboar

November 27, 2019   •   

Thanksgiving: A Tradition as Old as America

President George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving in 1789 as a day to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God

May 12, 2018   •   

Ramadan: The Most Holy Month for 1.6 Billion People Worldwide

For some 23 percent of the people of Earth, the holiest month of the year begins this week. The first day of Ramadan is observed according to the local visibility of the new crescent moon.

April 14, 2017   •   

National Sikh Campaign to Raise Awareness, Counter Hate

U.S. Sikhs launched a million-dollar “We are Sikhs” initiative on Vaisakhi Day April 14, the Sikh New Year, that celebrates the founding of the community by Guru Nanak in the Punjab region of India in 1469.