The Occasional Pilgrim is an online feature from the staff of Religion News Service, highlighting pilgrimage destinations from around the world. In the heart of the Balkan city of Prizren, on the banks of the Bistrica River, stands the majestic Sinan Pasha Mosque, a relic of the newly-minted country of Kosovo‘s Ottoman past. Built in […]
(RNS) A new crisis hotline launches Friday for those caught between faith and atheism. Its motto: “When faith is on the line, so are we.”
(RNS) Once upon a time, there were red lines between criticism of Israel’s policies, denial of Israel’s right to exist, and full-blown anti-Semitism. Those lines have increasingly blurred, and in some cases, they have disappeared.
(RNS) Mohammed Emwazi, who is in his mid-20s, is believed to be a Kuwaiti-born British man from west London. The BBC said he was known to British security services, who chose not to disclose his name for operational reasons.
(RNS) Despite the overblown claims and dodgy artifacts floating around out there, genuine artifacts and solid historical research still provide the best window into a long-ago world and the best chance to figure out who Jesus really was, and what he meant.
(RNS) The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were kidnapped from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr over the past three days by the militants, who control vast swaths of Syria and Iraq.
(RNS) “Each of the world’s religions has some variation of the golden rule,” she said in an interview. “I really see that the greatest part of education is to recognize that in many important ways you are me and I am you.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Here’s how you can discover the states and cities where people’s views blow hot or cold on these divisive issues, and where there’s some “surprising consensus.”
(RNS) ISIS offers a version of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that few Muslims would recognize or honor. Like many Christian charlatans, ISIS dresses itself up in all the panoply of true religion.