NEWS OF THE WEEK

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

A possible nuclear deal with Iran was high on the agenda as Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders from the top industrial nations met in Germany. US religious groups continue issuing reactions to the tentative agreement hammered out earlier … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its nearly seven-year-long investigation and oversight of US nuns. On Thursday (April 16), Pope Francis met with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the largest umbrella group of American sisters. His doctrinal office … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

Pope Francis set off an international diplomatic furor last Sunday (April 12) for explicitly using the word “genocide” to describe the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenian Christians. He made his remarks at a special service with Armenian church leaders to mark … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

Pope Francis officially presented a papal bull, or decree, proclaiming an extraordinary Holy Year to begin in December. It will be focused on mercy. Normally, Catholic holy years are once every 25 years. The next one wasn’t expected until 2025. … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

In the wake of several fatal shootings of black men, religious groups are keeping up pressure for police reforms. People of faith have been part of protests against police violence. Many congregations have been sponsoring discussions about race and law … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

This week marked one year since more than 200 school girls in Nigeria were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The anniversary was observed in many countries. Here in the US, New York’s Empire State Building was lit up … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

Thursday (April 16) was Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Israel, the day was observed with the traditional two-minute stand-still. Meanwhile, a new report from Tel Aviv University says the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks around the world rose 40 … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

ISIS released a new video this week bragging about its demolition of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrod in Iraq. Historians believe the city was named after one of Noah’s descendants. There was international condemnation after reports last month about … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

For Bahai’s, sundown April 20th marks the beginning of the twelve-day festival of Ridvan. It celebrates the days the founder of their faith, Bahaullah, spent in the Iraqi Garden of Ridvan in 1863. During that time, he declared himself to … More

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April 17, 2015 | Comments

At the White House this week, a celebration of Gospel music: The Obamas hosted many prominent musicians for a special concert. The president praised the role of Gospel music in America:
President Obama: “Gospel music has evolved over time, but its … More