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(RNS) Put on your boogie shoes -- the new Hanukkah songs are here!
What last year seemed like a happy coincidence has become a hip new Hanukkah tradition: groups of harmonizing young Jews releasing seriously Jewish, yet seriously danceable, songs for the Festival of Lights.
GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of
Republican Jewish activists in Washington by promising to move the U.S.
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And he was just getting started.
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(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his North Carolina home Tuesday (Dec. 6) after a six-day stay in a nearby hospital where he was treated for pneumonia.
Graham, 93, responded well to antibiotics and grew stronger and more mobile after physical therapy, said Dr. Mark Hellrich, the pulmonologist who treated Graham at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
WASHINGTON (RNS) In a war between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement to capture the hearts of Americans, who wins? According to a new poll, it's a draw.
Less than a third of Americans say either movement represents their values, according to a poll released Wednesday (Nov. 16) by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates on Wednesday (Oct. 26) lamented America’s failure to protect the faithful abroad, saying things have gotten worse, not better, since the issue first gained tractionmore than a decade ago.
It’s a Hindu holiday -- and an important one -- celebrated this week by Hindus all over the world, including an estimated 2 million in the United States. But do most Americans even know what Diwali is all about?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday (Oct.
5) on religious exemptions to employment law, and advocates for greater
church autonomy say several justices seemed to be on their side.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case involving
three employees who were fired by the Christian humanitarian agency
World Vision, allowing the relief group to maintain its mandatory
statement of faith for its workers.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Oct. 5.) will hear one
of most important religion cases in decades, centered on the degree to
which religious institutions should be exempt from anti-discrimination
The case started at a Lutheran elementary school in Michigan where a
teacher claimed she was fired in violation of the Americans With
WASHINGTON (RNS) White evangelicals and Tea Party members are less
likely to believe in evolution and climate change than most Americans, a
finding that could pose a particular problem for Republican presidential
WASHINGTON (RNS) With a cross on his lapel, it's easy to spot a military
chaplain in uniform. But the same might not be true if the chaplain's
badge displays a prayer wheel, a crescent moon or tiny Torah scrolls.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of
society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims, according to a
poll released Tuesday (Sept. 6) that probes Americans' attitudes toward
immigrants and the nation's safety 10 years after 9/11.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating
$25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which
sustained millions of dollars in damage in the earthquake that rocked
the East Coast on Aug. 23.
(RNS) Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a
New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin
towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Tallon, 26, ran up the North
Tower to save others.
The iconic Washington National Cathedral, already struggling with
financial problems, faces millions of dollars in repair costs from the
damage inflicted by an August 23 earthquake. And nothing is covered by
insurance, according to a church official.