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Special liturgy atones for outbreak of ‘The Great War’

(RNS) Half a world away from Europe, where World War I erupted 100 years ago next week (July 28), Washington National Cathedral will mark the occasion with a liturgy created especially for the anniversary. But the service is about more than remembrance. It is about atonement — atoneme...
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Political and religious leaders denounce European anti-Jewish outbursts tied to Gaza

PARIS (RNS) Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. “Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no...
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United Church of Bacon: May the Lard be with you

(RNS) “Hail Bacon, Full of grease, The Lard is with thee.” So go the opening lines to the United Church of Bacon’s “Hail Piggy: A Prayer for Bacon.” Despite all the puns (most UCB clergy are “friars”), the secular church has a serious mission: to fight religious discrimination aga...
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COMMENTARY: Islam is just the latest U.S. scapegoat

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the Star-Ledger in Newark. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the Star-Ledger byline. (RNS) Historians have a term we call the scapegoating concept of history. This is the idea that people tend to look for others...
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Sufi Muslims push designer Roberto Cavalli to pull an offensive logo

(RNS) A group devoted to the mystical Sufi tradition of Islam is taking to the streets and social media as it fights for the removal of the faith’s religious symbol on designer Roberto Cavalli’s “Just Cavalli” clothing and fragrance line. Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer known f...
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Kenya’s Catholic bishops sued after canceling lease for Muslim-run restaurant

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. Al-Yusra Restaurant Ltd. had signed a six-year lease starting in 2013 to operate a restaurant in a section of Waum...
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Americans view Jews, Christians warmly; atheists, Muslims get cold shoulder

WASHINGTON (RNS) We like ourselves! A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers. Americans give their highest scores to Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals on a zero-to-100 “therm...
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Interfaith leaders launch daylong unity fast for Mideast peace

(RNS) While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace.     On Tuesday (July 15), a daylong fast is planned as part of a public effort to show unity in the fight against war and violence in the regio...
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Party ties, not religious ones, drive down Obama’s approval rating

(RNS) Most Christians don’t approve of President Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups. It’s not because of their religion, though. Obama’s level of popular approval matches Americans’ political party ties, not their religious ide...
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Breaking the Ramadan fast in the company of Jews

(RNS) Muslim tradition calls for breaking the Ramadan fast in the evening with a date and a sip of water, and increasingly these days, the company of Jews. Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebrator...
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