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Vatican emissary squashed Archbishop Nienstedt investigation, memo says | Lexington Herald-Leader

MINNEAPOLIS – Ramsey County dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect three boys from an abusive priest Wednesday and released documents that disclosed a social connection between that priest and former Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Source: Vatican emissary squashed Archbishop Nienstedt investigation, memo says | Lexington Herald-Leader

Attack in Nice Turns Spotlight on City’s Religious Divisions – The New York Times

NICE, France — There is the Nice of popular imagination, the old-world resort dotted with palm trees and cafes that look out on the Mediterranean Sea, suffused with an incandescent light prized for centuries by artists.
Then there is the other Nice, one that begins to show its face a few blocks inland from the seaside Promenade des Anglais, the majestic arc of a boulevard where 84 people were killed by a 31-year-old Tunisian immigrant at the wheel of a 19-ton truck. This Nice is home to many Muslim immigrants from North Africa, including a secular middle-class that has lived alongside non-Muslim French, and is also a place that local officials estimate has sent as many as 100 young people to fight in Syria with extremists.

Source: Attack in Nice Turns Spotlight on City’s Religious Divisions – The New York Times

Gurdwara Sahib Stockton: The Sikh Temple is a sanctuary of Peace and reminder of Home | SikhNet

A number of Sikhs have been living in the United States of America for 125 years, now. Currently, their population in the U.S. is 700,000. Amarjit Singh, a U.S. based Sikh and an ex-President of the committee of Gurdwara Sahib Stockton, said that wherever there are Sikhs, there must be a Gurdwara. He further asserted that it is not only because it is a place for their religious worship but it is a part and parcel of their culture which holds the entire community together.

Source: Gurdwara Sahib Stockton: The Sikh Temple is a sanctuary of Peace and reminder of Home | SikhNet

On a Somber Sunday, ‘One Nation Under God Examines Its Soul’ – The New York Times

DALLAS — Fearful that the nation is locked in a spiral of violence and discord, many Americans took what refuge they could in church on Sunday. In tiny storefronts and suburban megachurches, worshipers mourned the deaths of five Dallas police officers at the hands of an African-American sniper who was aiming to kill white officers at a demonstration against police violence. They also grieved for two African-American men killed in shootings by the police in Baton Rouge, La., and Minnesota.

Source: On a Somber Sunday, ‘One Nation Under God Examines Its Soul’ – The New York Times

Dallas residents look to churches for hope and answers in wake of police deaths – WorldWide Religious News

Dallas — The pews and pulpits of Dallas were full of people seeking hope Sunday after the slaying of five police officers. Of people exorcising their anger over the latest police shootings of young black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Of people looking for some measure of kindness and unity in a country that suddenly seems in short supply of both.

Source: Dallas residents look to churches for hope and answers in wake of police deaths – WorldWide Religious News

The Japanese Festival of the Dead: Obon – World Religion News

Rituals and traditions of the Buddhist Obon Festival.
Obon or Bon is the Japanese festival celebrated to honor the dead and spirits of their ancestors. It is the equivalent of the Western or Christian’s All Soul’s Day except that Obon is a 3 day celebration and is marked by numerous religious and festive activities. Based on tradition, the festivity falls on the 13th to 15th day of the lunar calendar (August 13-15) but other regions, particularly those using the modern Gregorian calendar like Tokyo, will observe Obon on July 13-15. Though it’s not an official national holiday, many companies and businesses are closed allowing their employees to take a leave, be with their family and celebrate.

Source: The Japanese Festival of the Dead: Obon – World Religion News