One woman’s journey out of faith, family and fear

(RNS) A young woman stood outside a Greyhound bus with a ticket in her hand and a backpack over her shoulder. She was guilty of two offenses: rejecting her father’s choice of husband and renouncing her family’s Islamic faith. Deciding whether to boarding that bus, she said later, would be the hardest thing she had done in her 18 years.

Catholic college engages atheism head-on

TORONTO (RNS) It’s an unlikely setting for an unlikely class. The chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College is adorned with stained glass, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross. The eight-week course being taught here is on atheism. More properly, “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.”