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Religion News Service
Will Thor join the Army? Believers still in limbo  
By KIMBERLY WINSTON c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Jeremiah McIntyre wants to be called a Heathen. The 38-year-old Army sergeant follows the old Norse religion Asatru, in which the god Thor swings h...

Glen | Flickr
Cardinal Peter Turkson: Bishops need to speak up on the environment  
By ROSIE SCAMMELL | VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope’s groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview. Last week...

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At Ramadan, an online petition for female Quran reciters  
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  
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 ...

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)  
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...

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African Pride’ film shows violence against lesbians in townships  
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  
Maureen anticipates the forthcoming encyclical on the environment, issued by Pope Francis. ...