Happy Monday. Here are some of the top stories from the weekend:
Insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria boasted online that they had executed 1,700 people. The New York Times explains the vision for what is now ISIS, where religion is seen as paramount. Referring to citizens under its control, its vision says, “improving their conditions is less important than the condition of their religion.”
Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby denounced human trafficking earlier today and pledged to combat the issue together.
Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby discuss ways of working for unity. June16, 2014 ©Osservatore Romano pic.twitter.com/RLiPiGh8ti
— creation (@bonaventura0) June 16, 2014
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to not attend a controversial March for Marriage event on June 19, which she calls “venom masquerading as virtue.”
United Methodists and Presbyterians have been debating divestment to pressure Israel to stop building settlements and head towards a resolution with Palestinians.
The United Church of Christ’s regional governing body has passed a resolution that calls on its members to boycott the Washington Redskins over its name.
Ramadan begins on 28 June just at the end of the World Cup, possibly creating a struggle for Muslim players fasting in Brazil’s heat.
Possible excommunication talks planned for one of two Mormon activists with the LDS Church have been pushed back.
A Muslim entrepreneur has followed a kosher model in finding mainstream success, with Saffron Road food company’s annual sales approaching $35 million.
Islamic Sufis have been staging protests in London and in cities across the U.S., saying Italian designer Roberto Cavalli’s sexualized use of their sacred symbol as a logo is offensive.
The president of Seattle Pacific University announced that a scholarship has been named for the student who stopped a fatal shooting on campus earlier this month.
Finally, a favorite tweet from the weekend, during an Anglican-Roman Catholic cricket match:
Welby to Vatican cricket coach "I wish you every success in your spiritual journey and every failure in coaching." pic.twitter.com/vc3kFCd9Qq
— Philip Pullella (@PhilipPullella) June 16, 2014