NEWS OF THE WEEK

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

In Turkey, thousands of personnel have been fired for suspected involvement in the recent failed military coup that killed some 300 people. 492 members of the country’s top Islamic authority were among those dismissed. Meanwhile, President Tayyip Erdogan has accused … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

Pope Francis led a silent prayer for the victims of the recent truck attack in Nice. The pontiff also reached out to French leaders and promised to meet with the families of the victims as soon as possible. More than … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

In the U.S., police shootings and fractured race relations continue to dominate the landscape. This week in Miami police shot an unarmed black man who had his arms in the air.
Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was shot in leg … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

In Washington this past week some of the biggest evangelical leaders and musicians gathered for a prayer rally that called for unity and the healing of the nation.   
The event, Together 2016, which focused on millennials, had been promoted by President … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

Religious leaders gathered at Washington National Cathedral to discuss the role of the white church in improving race relations in the country.
Rev. Amy Stapleton: We don’t get to just go to one anti-racism workshop and check the box and say we’re … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

In Baton Rouge, on Monday evening, mourners gathered to hold a candlelight vigil for one of three police officers killed by an Iraq war veteran earlier this month. Three other officers were wounded in the shooting. The ambush rocked a … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

For the first time in 50 years, Buddhists celebrated an important religious rite in Tibet. The ritual, which is said to encourage enlightenment, was led by a youth China designated as the 11th Panchen Lama, the second-highest figure in Tibetan … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

Humanitarian organizations and other experts gathered this week in South Africa for the international AIDS conference. Doctors Without Borders said that 4.5 million of the 6.5 million people living with HIV in Central and West Africa are not receiving medical … More

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July 22, 2016 | Comments

The United Methodist Church has elected its first openly gay bishop. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian and senior pastor of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, was elected bishop just before church leaders gathered in Chicago this week to discuss … More

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July 15, 2016 | Comments

Religious leaders around the world condemned the terrorist attack in the southern French city of Nice where a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day fireworks celebration. More than 80 people were killed and dozens injured. Pope Francis expressed his … More