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Denmark records highest number of antisemitic incidents since WWII, part of a grim European trend

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of antisemitic incidents registered in Denmark since the Oct.
Retired Catholic bishop charged with sexual offenses in northwest Australia

Retired Catholic bishop charged with sexual offenses in northwest Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A retired Catholic bishop has been charged with sexual offenses including child abuse in a remote part of Australia’s northwest.
Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 y

European diplomats have condemned the closed-door trial of a Catholic activist in Belarus

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — European diplomats in Belarus have condemned the trial of a Catholic activist in Minsk as “unfair” and “politically motivated.” Uladzislau Beladzed's trial began behind closed doors at Minsk City Court on Wednesday.
Churches and nonprofits ensnared in Georgia push to restrict bail funds

Churches and nonprofits ensnared in Georgia push to restrict bail funds

ATLANTA (AP) — When she was behind bars in Georgia, Nia Thomas would use toothpaste to stick handwritten flyers to the wall and spread the word about community bail funds that could pay inmates' bonds, no strings attached.
Southern Baptists oust one church for having woman pastor, two others over sexual-abuse policy

Southern Baptists oust one church for having woman pastor, two others over sexual-abuse policy

The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted Tuesday to oust four congregations — one for having a woman as senior minister, two for what it said were failures related to the denomination's sexual-abuse policy and one for lack of f
Every week is World Interfaith Harmony Week for devotees of Swami Vivekananda

Every week is World Interfaith Harmony Week for devotees of Swami Vivekananda

NEW YORK (RNS) — At a Sunday morning service on Sunday (Feb. 4), a priest gave a sermon, a choir sang devotional hymns and a congregation bowed heads in a joint prayer. It was a typical Sunday for these faithful New Yorkers.

For Black ‘nones’ who leave religion, what’s next?

(RNS) — When Black Americans leave religion, it’s rarely a clean break. Take Rogiérs Fibby, a self-described agnostic, atheist and secular humanist who grew up in the Moravian Church. The head of the Washington, D.C.
The suspects in a Kenyan doomsday cult are ordered to be hospitalized after a hunger strike

The suspects in a Kenyan doomsday cult are ordered to be hospitalized after a hunger strike

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan magistrate Tuesday ordered the main suspect in a doomsday starvation cult and 94 of his followers to receive emergency care after some of the suspects had to be carried into the courtroom to answer manslaughter charges,

Despite reforms, victims say church's in-house processes to handle sex abuse cases retraumatizes

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Five years ago this week, Pope Francis convened an unprecedented summit of bishops from around the world to impress on them that clergy sexual abuse was a global problem and that they needed to do something about it.