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Rabbi David Saperstein will be first non-Christian to serve as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the mos…
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Doctor from Samaritan’s Purse catches lethal Ebola virus

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in Africa is now taking a toll on doctors and health care workers battli…
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COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition

(RNS) The once obscure life and career of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), the world’s first woman rabbi, was honored on Thursday (July 24) at an international gathering of rabbis and lay people at Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp that is better known by its German name (Theres…
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Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit?

(RNS) It’s been the worst-kept secret in Christendom, but this week Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gave the strongest indication yet that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia next year. “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Chaput said Thursday (July 25) be…
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Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New Hampshire

ROME (RNS) Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was flown to Rome after her death sentence was overturned, is now dreaming of building a future in the U.S. “We will begin a new life,” Ibrahim told Antonella Napoli, head of Italians for Darfur, according to the daily…
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