NEWS OF THE WEEK

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

It was another controversial week in religion and politics. Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump held a closed door meeting in New York with more than 1,000 evangelical leaders. At the same time, other faith groups protested his campaign.
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June 24, 2016 | Comments

The Supreme Court announced this week that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan. The split decision sets no national precedent but leaves in place a lower court ruling that said the president lacks the authority … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

Debate about new gun control measures stalled on Capitol Hill this week. Religious advocates of more gun restrictions were among those praising Democratic members for staging a sit-in on the House floor to protest Congress’s lack of action. The sit-in … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

The Anti-Defamation League has a new report that says there were 56 violent anti-Semitic attacks in the US last year, a more than 50 percent rise from 2014. Overall, there were 941 incidents against Jews, including physical and verbal assaults … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a new report that says a record number of groups are spreading hatred of Muslims. The report lists 74 organizations that it considers anti-Islam. The report also noted that there were 78 attacks on … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

After the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union this week (June 23), Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Church of England Bishop John Sentamu issued a joint statement urging their nation to “remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

Leaders of the world’s Eastern Orthodox churches have begun an historic meeting in Greece to discuss the church’s role in the modern world. It was intended to be the first time in more than a thousand years that all the … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

In a continued effort to strengthen interfaith relations, Pope Francis is visiting Armenia this weekend (June 24-26). Francis is spending much of his time as a guest of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is also visiting a monument dedicated to … More

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June 24, 2016 | Comments

June 21 was International Yoga Day.

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June 17, 2016 | Comments

Horror and grief after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando: Forty-nine people and gunman Omar Mateen were killed and dozens more wounded. Prayer vigils and memorial services have been held across the country. Religious leaders swiftly and strongly … More