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the word of god
At Ramadan, an online petition for female Quran reciters  
06-29-2015From around the web
BY KEN CHITWOOD c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) To many non-Muslims, Ramadan is about fasting, and later, feasting. But Muslims know Ramadan as the month of the Quran, a time when the sacred scripture is rec...

Quinn Dombrowski | flickr
Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage  
06-26-2015From around the web
By RICHARD WOLF | WASHINGTON  c. 2015 USA Today The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year ...

Forgiveness after the tragedy in Charleston  
06-22-2015Maureen's Corner
Maureen reflects on the importance of forgiveness in Christianity, in light of the AME Church shooting in Charleston earlier this month. ...

Republic of Korea | Flickr
GOP presidential candidates enter the Catholic cafeteria  
06-19-2015Maureen's Corner
Maureen reacts to the responses from conservative political and religious leaders following the publication of Laudato Si, Pope Francis' environmental encyclical. ...

RNS | Sally Morrow
Why Muslims in Alaska will fast 9 hours more than Muslims in Cape Town (and what 1 scholar is doing about it)  
06-17-2015From around the web
By TOM HENEGHAN (RNS) When the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan begins later this week, some Muslims around the world will face bigger challenges than others. The Quran is clear that the fast should last from bef...

Photo by Melanie Hamman Doucakis, courtesy of Laura Fletcher
African Pride’ film shows violence against lesbians in townships  
06-16-2015From around the web
By BRIAN PELLOT | CAPE TOWN, South Africa (RNS) In 1996, South Africa became the first country to approve a constitution explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Though progr...

Malacanang Photo Bureau | Benhur Arcayan
Prepublication interest in Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment  
06-15-2015From around the web
Maureen anticipates the forthcoming encyclical on the environment, issued by Pope Francis. ...