Religion and Faith

Muslim pilgrims converge at Mount Arafat for daylong worship as Hajj reaches its peak
Muslims from around the world gathered at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for worship and reflection on the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage. The ritual on Saturday at Mount Arafat is considered the peak of the Hajj. 
U.S. Catholic bishops approve outreach to Native Americans and acknowledge boarding school ‘traumas’
U.S. bishops on Friday approved new guidelines for ministering to Indigenous Catholics, a long in-the-works effort to reinvigorate the ministry and assure those communities that they don't need to feel torn between their Native identity and their Catholic one.
Victim group calls on Twin Cities Archdiocese to add names of alleged abusers to list
The group presented five names of former priests — two living and three deceased — who held positions within the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, that have previously been recognized as credibly accused of abuse by other Catholic entities, but not in the Twin Cities. 
Minnesota teenage Buddhist lama reflects on teaching peace, Timberwolves loss
Saka dawa, the sacred Tibetan Buddhist month of celebration and prayer surrounding the enlightenment of Buddha, is coming to an end. It was led in part by 17-year-old Jalue Dorje from Columbia Heights, Minn. That’s because when Dorje was a young child, the Dalai Lama confirmed that he is a reincarnation of a lama, or holy leader, from Tibet.
Catholic Charities CEO Michael Goar on the importance of home
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with Catholic Charities president and CEO Michael Goar about his remarkable journey from an orphanage in South Korea to leading a nonprofit organization that provides services and shelter to people experiencing homelessness.
Native students at Hinckley-Finlayson High School to host powwow after graduation
After their request to have a tribal drum group perform at the Hinckley-Finlayson High School’s graduation was denied, Native American students now plan to host a powwow in the school parking lot after Friday’s ceremony.
Weekend of George Floyd memorials begins with prayer service
Faith leaders from local churches, mosques, and synagogues gathered in downtown Minneapolis on Friday for a morning of prayers. They opened a weekend of events marking the day that George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police four years ago Saturday.
United Methodists repeal longstanding ban on LGBTQ+ clergy
United Methodist delegates have repealed their church’s longstanding ban on LGBTQ+ clergy with no debate. They removed a rule forbidding “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being ordained or appointed as ministers. 
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