Latest Spirituality News

Muslim athletes push boundaries to keep on training despite fasting during Ramadan

Apr. 05, 2024 06:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Approaching midnight, the hard work is just beginning for Sabir Hussein. Trains running on the elevated railway above Diesel Gym in East London’s docklands are mostly empty. Inside, a mixed martial arts session awaits. Hussein’s 10:30 p.m. agenda:...

Animal chaplains offer spiritual care for every species

Mar. 25, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

(RNS) — Sarah Bowen says she’s been doing the work of an animal chaplain since she was 6 years old. Raised in the Midwest as a Presbyterian preacher’s kid, she was often hauled to hospice facilities and funeral homes but noticed that the chipmunks and other animals crumpled by...

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Feb. 21, 2024 13:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 years. Gloria Branciani, 59,...

Pope and Argentine President Milei embrace after pontiff canonizes Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 11, 2024 15:34 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and Argentine President Javier Milei embraced Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica, as Argentine faith and politics came together during a Mass to canonize the country's first female saint. The ceremony to declare Mama Antula a saint marked the first...

Mama Antula, the Jesuit who didn't want to marry or be a nun, will be Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 10, 2024 00:08 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A Catholic laywoman who lived in 18th-century Argentina and joined the Jesuits in their evangelical mission throughout the South American country will become the first female saint from the home country of Pope Francis on Sunday. María Antonia de Paz...

37 people killed in disputed oil-rich African region of Abyei in fighting linked to spiritual leader

Feb. 04, 2024 19:47 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Thirty-seven people were killed over the weekend in fighting apparently tied to a land feud in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei, an official said Sunday. The bloodshed came a week after 52 people died in a land dispute in the same region. Information...

Who was St. Brigid and why is she inspiring many 1,500 years after her death?

Feb. 01, 2024 11:55 AM EST

Devotees of St. Brigid are commemorating the 1,500th anniversary of her death on Thursday, the feast day of the so-called matron saint of Ireland, who's been gaining a modern following. Many of the festivities are taking place in and around the town of Kildare, where Brigid founded a...

Once protected by its remoteness, a sacred lake in Kyrgyzstan is threatened by change

Jan. 18, 2024 15:41 PM EST

BOKONBAYEVO, Kyrgyzstan (RNS) — On a crisp afternoon in November, Bakyt Choitonbaev picked his way along a narrow trail, pushing through spiky shrubs of ephedra before stopping at a small pool of bright green water and pointing out well-worn patches of dirt where visitors kneel to pray. ...