(RNS) More than 1,000 shofar blowers set a world record in Whippany, N.J., blasting the instruments in unison for five straight minutes on Sunday (Sept. 21). The sound of the shofar at the start of the Jewish New Year is intended to pierce Jewish hearts and inspire awe and forgiveness.
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About Sally Morrow
Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012. Sally’s interest in photography began in her high school’s dark room. She has since attended film school at the College of Santa Fe, holds a B.A. in Communications and Spanish from UMKC, and holds an M.A. in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri. Her graduate thesis project “Picturing Immigration” was published in News Photographer Magazine.
Sally has worked as a photographer, videographer and photo/multimedia editor at the Des Moines Register, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Newsday. Her editorial and freelance photography has appeared in various publications and professional websites.
Eighteen Catholic bishops from across the U.S. led a peace pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where they examined the devastation left by recent conflict in Gaza. They also wanted to deliver a message: Prayer is powerful; peace is possible.
(RNS) Richard Cizik, a prominent evangelical, lost his son, Richard Jr., to an overdose last year. Now he is pushing faith communities to get more involved by first acknowledging that heroin abuse is happening in their own churches.
The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, led the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch movement until his death 20 years ago, and still has a strong influence on Jewish students.
“Former Hollywood screenwriter Jenny Bowen was moved to adopt two orphaned Chinese girls after she and her husband learned about the widespread abandonment and neglect of children in China, many of them girls.”
Members of Middle Collegiate Church in New York held a worship celebration on Sunday (Aug. 17) in which attendees held their hands up as a gesture to pray for “racial reconciliation throughout our country.”
“Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence.”
This video shows Pope Paul VI’s trip to Sydney in 1970 — the first papal visit to Australia. It was filmed by 2SM, a popular music radio station owned by the Roman Catholic Church.