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Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

(RNS) — At its core, secularism is an approach to governance, writes Jacques Berlinerblau in his new book ‘Secularism: The Basics.’ And critically, it is one many religious people, not just atheists and agnostics, support. The post Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical. appeared first on Religion News…

Yizker bikher books commemorate Holocaust but celebrate Jewish communities’ life

Yizker bikher books commemorate Holocaust but celebrate Jewish communities’ life

(The Conversation) — International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the murder of 6 million Jews – but also their lives. Yizker bikher books lovingly document Jewish communities across Europe. The post Yizker bikher books commemorate Holocaust but celebrate Jewish communities’ life appeared first on Religion News Service.

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

BERLIN (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that he did attend a 1980 meeting at which the transfer of a pedophile priest to his then-diocese was discussed, saying an editorial error was responsible for his previous assertion that he wasn’t there. Authors of a report on sexual abuse between 1945 and 2019 in…

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Pope Francis’ envoy, Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, called the four models an example to all. The post 2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador appeared first on Religion News Service.

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

BERLIN (AP) — The group — including priests, religion teachers and administrative employees — publicly outed themselves, saying they want to live without fear. The post Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect appeared first on Religion News Service.

Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

(The Conversation) — A German report accused retired Pope Benedict XVI of mishandling several cases of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Here are a few of our related articles on the Catholic Church’s crisis. The post Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads appeared first on Religion News Service.

EXCLUSIVE – Christian Persecution in Cuba Skyrockets After 2021 Protest

EXCLUSIVE – Christian Persecution in Cuba Skyrockets After 2021 Protest

Christian persecution in Cuba, a nation that was overwhelmingly Catholic before communism befell its population, has increased significantly in the past year due to the rising presence of Christian voices in the pro-democracy movement there, the Christian aid organization Open Doors found.

When people of faith lie about Israel

When people of faith lie about Israel

(RNS) — Remember ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’? Some faith leaders need a brush-up. The post When people of faith lie about Israel appeared first on Religion News Service.

Pakistan Sentences Woman to Death for Alleged Muhammad Cartoon on Whatsapp

Pakistan Sentences Woman to Death for Alleged Muhammad Cartoon on Whatsapp

A trial court in northern Pakistan’s Rawalpindi city sentenced a 26-year-old Muslim woman to death on Wednesday for blasphemy against Islam after finding her guilty of “sharing images deemed to be insulting to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and one of his wives.”

EXCLUSIVE – Aid Group Ranks Afghanistan Worst Place in the World for Christians After Taliban Takeover

EXCLUSIVE – Aid Group Ranks Afghanistan Worst Place in the World for Christians After Taliban Takeover

The international aid organization Open Doors ranked Afghanistan the worst place in the world for Christians in 2021 on its World Watch List published this week, the first time the country appears at the top of the list and the first time in 20 years that Open Doors does not issue North Korea that distinction.