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In Yemen, mosques provide no sanctuary from Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes

More than 1,000 mosques in Yemen have been damaged or destroyed by airstrikes since the conflict began in 2015. The latest hit in September killed a family of seven, including four young children and their pregnant mother, who tried to take shelter in their village mosque.

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Judge rules doctors can decline to perform transgender surgery on religious grounds

A U.S. federal court ruled on Tuesday that doctors will not be required to perform gender transition surgeries if it runs contrary to their religious beliefs. The decision reversed a requirement put forth by the Obama administration three years ago.

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Hope in the face of despair: Ethiopian PM Abiy’s rise to the Nobel Peace Prize

Abiy Ahmed is an inspirational leader and an evangelical Christian hailed as a Moses figure for Ethiopia. He ended nearly two decades of a stalemate from a war with Eritrea that had killed 70,000 people. But the country is far from peaceful yet, and his leadership challenges are just beginning.

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Why the Vatican is debating priestly celibacy in the Amazon

A discussion in Rome this week will include whether the church should allow flexibility in its traditional vow of celibacy for priests to ordain married men in the remote Amazon. The decision could very well impact Catholicism around the world.

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Everything you need to know about Yom Kippur

Considered the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is also known as the day of atonement. It begins at sundown on October 8 and ends at nightfall the following day. The holy day also marks the end of the “10 Days of Repentance.”

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Meet the Greek Orthodox wood carver chiseling sacred artifacts for a living

For a man who has encountered hardship from his youth in Greece to dealing with the loss of his wife in 2012, Papadakis says the craft of carving is more than just a job or hobby. It relates to his own Orthodox Christian faith. “I love my God,” he says in between taps on a gouge. “I have to do something best. If I give something, it needs to be as godly as God is. It has to be worthy.”

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Jewish pilgrimage to a Ukrainian rabbi’s grave is growing

Pilgrimages to Rabbi Nachman’s grave site resumed at a trickle under communism. Now, more than 70 years after the devastation of World War II and communism, Jews of all kinds are visiting Uman and moving back.

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'Notre Dame is our church’: Why famed cathedral must be rebuilt to its past glory

Despite Europe’s increased secularization, traditionalists argue Notre Dame’s renovation should include no contemporary flair as part of a larger effort by Christians to protect their religious heritage wherever it may be located around the world,

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Yazidi journalists, still In peril, seek international spotlight

A group of Yazidi journalists visited the Religion Unplugged offices in New York, hosted by the U.S. State Department, to talk about the current state of affairs in Iraq for the persecuted people group.

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This Eritrean Orthodox community is filling an empty church in Germany

Germany’s influx of refugees since 2015 tends to spark discussions about how the country will change. Overlooked is the number of Christian immigrants, like many Eritreans. A group of Eritrean Orthodox Christians are borrowing an empty church for their services and helping orient the latest arrivals to their new lives in Germany.

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Faith and Religion Search For Post-Communist Footing in Bulgaria

Paying for prayers, bishops with ties to the Kremlin and communist structures built around ancient churches — the society ruled by the Byzantines, then the Ottomans and then the Soviets is now reckoning with finding faith on its own.

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The only 9/11 survivor from the impact zone became a pastor

The anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center is always a busy time for Stanley Praimnath. He has found purpose in talking about his experience that day, and he wants to share it with anyone willing to listen.

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Hong Kong 'cyberchurch' equipping Christians to push for democracy

Umbrella City Cyberchurch leaders are not satisfied after Hong Kong’s chief executive announced this week that the extradition bill will be withdrawn. They are pushing for more democratic reform for security against China’s reach.

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Yemenis debate whether swarm of locusts during famine is halal, a blessing or curse

Locusts destroyed crops in Yemen this summer during a famine that’s already reaching biblical proportions. While some see the insects as a blessing to eat, others believe the pests are a punishment from Allah.

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Photo essay: 50 injured in Kashmir's worst protest since India's crackdown

After prayers at their mosque, hundreds of Kashmiris shouted slogans for India to leave Kashmir and prevented security forces from entering the area. Security forces responded with tear gas, pellet fire and chili grenades.

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Love breaks the cycle, says this New York policewoman of faith

Risco Mention-Lewis is leading a community policing initiative in New York’s Suffolk County that heals trauma and invests in people. Her approach reflects her divine inspiration.

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Christian activists arrested in Hong Kong ahead of weekend's 'leaderless' protests

The 22-year-old Catholic Agnes Chow and her evangelical colleague Joshua Wong were arrested and released on bail Friday on charges of unlawful assembly. This weekend marks five years since China restricted free elections in Hong Kong and pro-democracy protests dubbed the Umbrella Revolution brought the young activists to fame.

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Indian Christians await justice 11 years after mass murder

The Dalit and indigenous Indians in eastern India who converted to Christianity were attacked by Hindu extremists in 2008. The survivors are still waiting for a government investigation and courts to hold the perpetrators accountable.

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