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Black churches are no longer ground zero for civil rights activism

(RNS) The Rev. Delman Coates approached his pulpit on Sunday (Dec. 14) with a straightforward sermon: “Black Lives Matter.” The Facebook page of his Mount Ennon Baptist Church featured photos of a congregation of thousands, dressed in black, with their hands held up. And t…
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Sarah Silverman attends Western Wall Hanukkah menorah lighting in support of women’s rights

JERUSALEM (RNS) Comedian Sarah Silverman made a rare appearance in the middle of a hot political dispute Thursday (Dec. 18) when she attended a Hanukkah menorah lighting alongside a group of Jewish feminists at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. It was the first tim…
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Myanmar women object to proposed restrictions on interfaith marriage

YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) Governments and religious leaders might control who marries whom in Myanmar, but laws can’t restrict love and faith, say women of different races and religions in the country. Late last month, Myanmar President U Thein Sein sent a controversial draft…
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What to say when your Muslim child asks about Peshawar

(RNS) The massacre of 145 people, nearly all of them children, at a Pakistani school on Tuesday (Dec. 16)  is almost too horrible for adults to talk about, much less children. But what if your Muslim child brings it up? What if you want to open the discussion? Does the f…
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First showers, now sleeping bags: Pope Francis’ birthday gift to the homeless

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by giving hundreds of sleeping bags to the homeless in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday (Dec. 18). Just one month after announcing plans to build showers for the homeless in St. Peter’s Square, the pope called f…
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