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100 years after Russian revolution, Christianity faces new challenges

A Russian Orthodox woman prayed while gazing at an icon in an Orthodox parish in St. Petersburg May 29. Orthodox Christianity has been on the rise in Russia since the fall of communism in 1991.

MOSCOW — A few blocks from Moscow's Lubyanka Building, which for decades served as the headquarters of the Soviet Union's KGB security agency, the Russian Orthodox patriarch recently consecrated a church memorializing those martyred during communism's reign.

"While we were in procession around the church, people were standing with portraits of those martyred and those condemned to death" by the communist regime, said Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who heads the church's department for external affairs.

Rev. King’s words on nonviolence need to be lived today, speakers say

Faith leaders gathered near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C., to commemorate Rev. King’s 1957 essay about “Nonviolence and Racial Justice.”

WASHINGTON — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s support of nonviolence to bring about social change applies as much to today's society as it did when Rev. King put his philosophy to paper 60 years ago, said speakers at an Oct. 2 news conference at the memorial dedicated to the civil rights figure in Washington.

The news conference was scheduled in advance of, and held the day after, the Las Vegas shooting spree that killed 59 people and injured more than 500 people. That fact only underscored the importance of Rev. King's message, according to the speakers.

Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

A Rohingya refugee woman waited for aid with her grandson inside a temporary shelter Sept. 19 at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

WASHINGTON — A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck.

Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two years to encounter people on the move.

In the U.S., the Church's leading organizations have developed a series of activities, including prayers, that families, parishes, schools and individuals can undertake throughout the Share the Journey campaign the pope opened Sept. 27 at the Vatican.

Myanmar leader condemns human rights violations in speech on Rohingya

Rohingya refugees attempted to get aid and food distributed Sept. 19 at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — After nearly half a million people fled Rakhine state in three weeks following attacks by the military, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya while broadly condemning human rights violations in her first major address on the issue.

Catholic judicial nominee grilled by senators on her religious views

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., spurred outrage about possible religious tests for judicial appointees when she questioned a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.

Reaction from Catholic leaders to the hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was swift, with the head of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious liberty calling the Senate hearing "deeply disappointing."

Aid workers see humanitarian crisis as Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

Exhausted Rohingya refugees rested on the shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, after crossing by boat through the Bay of Bengal Sept. 10.

OX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, fleeing violence in which at least 1,000 were killed in just two weeks.

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