“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.” – The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.
(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.
(RNS) Jewish New Year’s resolutions aren’t grounded in Jewish law. But some Jews like to make them anyway.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made reconciliation with traditionalist Catholics a top priority, but was roundly criticized when one of the rehabilitated bishops turned out to be a vocal Holocaust denier.
Dinesh D’Souza will be sentenced today. A Muslim scholar has received a life sentence from China. And a Portland immigrant activist has sought asylum in an Oregon church.
(RNS) Most Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations, and only about a quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist families of the mentally ill, a new LifeWay Research survey found.
(RNS) The new campaign seeks to raise awareness and funds for Muslim da’wah — a call to propagate the faith — by reciting verses from the Quran on various online platforms.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) In remote villages of Guinea, Ebola eradication efforts are viewed suspiciously as Western propaganda and distribution of chlorine-based products are rejected as an attempt to destroy the villages.
NEW YORK (RNS) The partnership fits in with the desire of evangelicals to plant their flag in large cities such as New York.