(The Christian Science Monitor) A Pakistani high court has upheld the death sentence given to Asia Bibi, a jailed Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in 2010, whose case at the time played into an atmosphere of recrimination and spawned the murders of several prominent human rights and political figures.
(The Christian Science Monitor) Back in May, when the Ebola virus first crossed over from Guinea into Sierra Leone, among the first to know were staffers working for a U.S.-based charity on a child malnutrition project in the country’s east.
(RNS) Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Tuesday (October 14), according to a document obtained by RNS.
LORTON, Virginia (RNS) When Mary Smallenburg, 35, of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, opened a package from her mother to find cereal and ramen noodles, she burst into tears. Without it, she wouldn’t be able to feed her four children.
As Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria send religious minorities fleeing for their lives, Congress has created a new job at the State Department: Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) An Islamist group has gained ground in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi, declaring it an Islamic territory and raising fears that radical Islamist militias may spread in the rest of Africa.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing journalists on the return trip from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday (August 18), Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may only have “two or three” years left to live.
Sister Elizabeth Johnson, who drew U.S. Catholic bishops’ ire with what they consider to be radical feminist writings, received the top award of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious August 15 at its assembly in Nashville, Tennessee.
(RNS) In cities large and small, people across America came together to silently remember Michael Brown, a teen none knew in life but whose death August 9 sparked a wave of unrest in his Missouri hometown and raised questions about racial profiling and police militarization.
FERGUSON, Missouri (RNS) Civil rights leader Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday (August 17) that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights history and fundamentally change the way police engage with the African-American community.
On September 11, 2001, Krista Tippett was in Washington on her way to meet with potential funders to help her create a radio show focused on faith. As the day unfolded with attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the meeting was canceled.
“Unfortunately, the case for religion as a force in the world was made for me,” Tippett said.
(RNS) Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers.