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Baltimore’s oldest Jewish congregations merge

May 14, 2022, 6:02am Churches & Religion

It has been an agonizingly long time since the members of Baltimore’s two oldest Reform Jewish temples have been able to worship as well and as fully as they’d like. Read story

Arrested Hong Kong cardinal a fiery critic of Beijing

May 12, 2022, 8:10am Churches & Religion

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90-year-old Catholic cleric arrested by Hong Kong police on national security charges, has long been a fiery critic of Beijing’s control of religion and political monopoly,… Read story

Rabbi Elie Abadie says a blessing as he hosts a lunch for a Jewish business delegation at a villa that serves as a temporary synagogue for his congregation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The fast-growing population of Jewish immigrants to the United Arab Emirates may feel freer than ever to express their identity in the autocratic Arab sheikhdom, which has sought to brand itself as an oasis of religious tolerance. But plans to build a permanent Jewish sanctuary for Dubai's fast-expanding congregation have sputtered to a standstill, religious leaders say.

Now in spotlight, Dubai Jews struggle for public synagogue

Rabbi Elie Abadie says a blessing as he hosts a lunch for a Jewish business delegation at a villa that serves as a temporary synagogue for his congregation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The fast-growing population of Jewish immigrants to the United Arab Emirates may feel freer than ever to express their identity in the autocratic Arab sheikhdom, which has sought to brand itself as an oasis of religious tolerance. But plans to build a permanent Jewish sanctuary for Dubai's fast-expanding congregation have sputtered to a standstill, religious leaders say.

May 11, 2022, 7:53am Churches & Religion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Every Saturday, in secluded beach villas, hotel banquet halls and luxury apartment towers across Dubai, Jews arrive to worship at some of the world’s most hidden synagogues even as the United Arab Emirates encourages the dramatic growth and openness of its Jewish community. Read story

Reports: Hong Kong arrests Roman Catholic cardinal, 3 others

May 11, 2022, 7:52am Churches & Religion

Hong Kong authorities arrested a Roman Catholic cardinal, a singer and two others on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security, reports said. Read story

This rendering provided by Lifang Vision Technology in May 2022 shows designs for the planned renovation of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, which on Oct. 27, 2018, was the scene of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. On Tuesday, May 3, 2022 organizers released the new design plans by architect Daniel Libeskind, whose previous works include Jewish museums, Holocaust memorials and the master plan for World Trade Center after 9/11.

New design, mission for Tree of Life

This rendering provided by Lifang Vision Technology in May 2022 shows designs for the planned renovation of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, which on Oct. 27, 2018, was the scene of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. On Tuesday, May 3, 2022 organizers released the new design plans by architect Daniel Libeskind, whose previous works include Jewish museums, Holocaust memorials and the master plan for World Trade Center after 9/11.

May 7, 2022, 6:02am Churches & Religion

The caretakers of the Tree of Life synagogue intend to transform the site of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history and expand its mission. Read story

Dresses donated by sexual assault survivors from Amish and other plain-dressing religious groups hang on a clothesline beneath a description of each survivors' age and church affiliation, on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Leola, Pa. The exhibit's purpose was to show that sexual assault is a reality among children and adults in such groups. Similar exhibits held nationwide aim to shatter the myth that abuse is caused by a victim's clothing choice.

What they wore: Clothes spotlight sex abuse in Amish, others

Dresses donated by sexual assault survivors from Amish and other plain-dressing religious groups hang on a clothesline beneath a description of each survivors' age and church affiliation, on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Leola, Pa. The exhibit's purpose was to show that sexual assault is a reality among children and adults in such groups. Similar exhibits held nationwide aim to shatter the myth that abuse is caused by a victim's clothing choice.

May 6, 2022, 1:33pm Churches & Religion

Clotheslines with billowing linens and long dresses are a common sight on the off-grid farms of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, home to the nation’s largest Amish settlement. For many tourists they’re as iconic a part of Amish Country’s bucolic scenery as the rural lanes and wooden bridges. Read story

FILE -- In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during their meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis hasn't made much of a diplomatic mark in Russia's war in Ukraine as his appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce went unheeded and a planned meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was canceled.

EU may sanction Russian Orthodox head over Ukraine

FILE -- In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during their meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis hasn't made much of a diplomatic mark in Russia's war in Ukraine as his appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce went unheeded and a planned meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was canceled.

May 5, 2022, 3:42pm Churches & Religion

The European Union plans to sanction the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in its next round of measures to punish Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, EU diplomats said Wednesday, opening a new religious front in Europe’s sanctions regime. Read story

FILE -- In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during their meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis hasn't made much of a diplomatic mark in Russia's war in Ukraine as his appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce went unheeded and a planned meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was canceled.

Pope’s Ukraine diplomacy a political and spiritual tightrope

FILE -- In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during their meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis hasn't made much of a diplomatic mark in Russia's war in Ukraine as his appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce went unheeded and a planned meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was canceled.

May 4, 2022, 9:05am Churches & Religion

His appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce in Ukraine went unheeded. His planned meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was canceled. A proposed visit to Moscow? Nyet. Even his attempt to showcase Russian-Ukrainian friendship fell flat. Read story

Pope Francis delivers his message from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Regina Coeli prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back

Pope Francis delivers his message from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Regina Coeli prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2022.

May 3, 2022, 7:46am Churches & Religion

Pope Francis told an Italian newspaper he had offered to travel to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin to try to end Russia’s war in Ukraine and suggested the invasion might have been provoked by NATO’s eastward expansion. Read story

Muslim men offer Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 2, 2022.

Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr holiday with joy, worry

Muslim men offer Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 2, 2022.

May 2, 2022, 8:07am Churches & Religion

For the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the smell of freshly baked orange biscuits and powdered sugar-dusted cookies typically fills the air in Mona Abubakr’s home. But due to higher prices, the Egyptian housewife this year made smaller quantities of the sweet treats, some of which she gives as gifts… Read story