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Jews Rally Around Woman Arrested for Praying at Western Wall  
BY MICHELE CHABIN | JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday (Oct. 22) to protest the arrest and incarceration of an Israeli feminist as she was leading 250 American Jewish women ...

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South Carolina Diocese Defecting From The Episcopal Church  
BY DANIEL BURKE (RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina announced on Wednesday (Oct. 17) that it has disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church, escalating a long-running skirmish and setting the stage to become the fifth di...

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New Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Stirs Mixed Emotions  
BY RENEE K. GADOUA | SYRACUSE, NY (RNS) Sister Kateri Mitchell was born and raised on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation along the St. Lawrence River. She grew up hearing stories about Kateri Tekakwitha, the 17th-centur...

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Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections  
BY VISHAL ARORA | NEW DELHI (RNS) Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan ...

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Catholic Bishops Rebuke Biden Over Contraception Mandate Claims  
BY KEVIN ECKSTROM | WASHINGTON (RNS) In a rare public rebuke, Catholic bishops chided Vice President Joe Biden for saying during Thursday's vice-presidential debate that Catholic hospitals and institutions will no...

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ADL Pulls Out of Interfaith Talks Over Churches’ Israel Stance  
BY MICHELE CHABIN (RNS) The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday (Oct. 11) it has withdrawn from an Oct. 22 U.S. Jewish-Christian interfaith meeting to protest a letter from some Protestant participants that urged Con...

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Kabul School of Rock Gains Acceptance Among Muslims  
BY RUTH OWEN | KABUL, Afghanistan (RNS) Qais Shaghasi learned to play guitar from how-to videos on YouTube and kept hidden his passion for what many here regard as "un-Islamic" music. These days, the 21-y...