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Pope Francis Will Encounter a Socially Conservative Church in Poland – The New York Times

WARSAW — When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week to attend World Youth Day, one of the major events on the Catholic calendar, he will face a politically powerful church closely tied to the country’s new right-wing government. The church here carries a deep strain of social conservatism that does not always align with the pope’s more open and welcoming views.

Source: Pope Francis Will Encounter a Socially Conservative Church in Poland – The New York Times

Three-Faced Stone Reveals the Last Jain Temple in Telangana – World Religion News

Inscriptions tell the story of how a temple for the 24th Jain Thirthankara, Sri Vardhamana Mahaveera, was constructed 850 years ago.

Located in the Karimnagar district in the Indian state of Telangana was an ancient three-faced stone. The stone remained hidden in the village without anyone recognizing its historic value. Until recently, when an elder in the village named Chepyala Madhusudhan Rao brought it to the attention of Dr. Dyaavanapalli Satyanarayana, a historian. Dr. Satyanarayana deciphered the inscriptions on the stone, and found it related to the history of Telangana and Jainism in the state.

Source: Three-Faced Stone Reveals the Last Jain Temple in Telangana – World Religion News

700 March in Warsaw To Commemorate Doctors and Nurses Who Worked in Ghetto – Breaking News – Forward.com

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Some 700 people marched through the streets of Warsaw to commemorate those who in the Warsaw Ghetto worked as doctors, nurses and medical service helping those in need and when it was necessary helping them die.

Source: 700 March in Warsaw To Commemorate Doctors and Nurses Who Worked in Ghetto – Breaking News – Forward.com

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