PARIS (RNS) French authorities warn that extremist groups are trying to capitalize on public anger over Gaza, at a time of growing alarm over French youths joining conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
(RNS) The rhetorical devices that ascribe the characteristics of a citizen to the legal fiction called a “corporation” are the mud and magic that produce a golem.
(RNS) For many of the families of the 298 victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the release of the bodies has come too late to complete the burial customs of their various religions.
(RNS) “If you do not understand the messianic and apocalyptic imagery used by all sides, and how wide-ranging those images were among all classes, all groups, all nations, you cannot hope to understand the war,” scholar Philip Jenkins says.
(RNS) As a young Jew, I can’t help but see expressions of evangelical philo-Semitism as an attempt to keep Jewishness in its New Testament box, and to continue the old fallacy of conflating the Jewish people (of Bible fame) with living Jewish people.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican said the pope considers the two men to be “men of peace” and Francis reminded the two leaders of the need for both sides and those who hold political office to work to end the hostilities and promote peace.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new survey finds — surprise!– we like ourselves. U.S. adults feel most warmly about those who share their religion.
(RNS) Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratory Ramadan meal at which both faiths can forge a deeper interfaith understanding.