Latest Religious communities News

St. Louis donations wipe away $13 million in medical debt

Jan. 18, 2020 11:32 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of St. Louis-area families were freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that is increasingly popular among churches and other organizations trying to help the needy — eliminating medical debt. Money raised at more than a dozen United Church of...

Muslims pray for peace in Islamic congregation in Bangladesh

Jan. 12, 2020 4:59 AM EST

TONGI, Bangladesh (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Muslims raised their hands and prayed for the welfare of the world as they joined a final prayer Sunday in wrapping up a three-day Islamic congregation near Bangladesh's capital. The Biswa Ijtema, or World Congregation of Muslims, is one of the largest...

FILE - In this May 11, 1969 file photo, civil activist James Forman walks in New York's Riverside Church. Fifty years ago, Forman interrupted the Sunday worship service and demanded $500 million in reparations for the mistreatment of African Americans from white churches and synagogues. The demands never caught fire in the broader American religious community. But five decades later, the reparations debate has reentered the national spotlight, with some faith-based institutions leading the way. (AP Photo, File)

Reparations and Religion: 50 years after ‘Black Manifesto’

Dec. 30, 2019 4:47 PM EST

(RNS) — On a Sunday morning in May of 1969, as clergy processed into the sanctuary of New York’s august Riverside Church, civil rights activist James Forman vaulted into the pulpit to demand $500 million in reparations for the mistreatment of African Americans from white churches and synagogues. At...

Police officers guard the parliament building in Podgorica, Montenegro, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, during a protest against a proposed law regarding religious communities and property. The Serbian Orthodox Church says the law will strip it of its property, including medieval monasteries and churches. The government has denied that. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Pro-Serbs rally in Montenegro against religious law

Dec. 26, 2019 1:35 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Hundreds of pro-Serb opposition supporters on Thursday staged an all-day protest against a law on religious communities that they say will strip the Serbian Orthodox Church of its property. Dozens of riot officers used metal barriers to prevent the crowd from reaching the...