THE INDEPENDENT: Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have united to condemn the attack on a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park. One man has died and several others were injured after a van was driven into a crowd during the suspected terror attack. Faith leaders have spoken out against the attack and a rabbi, a Muslim man and a bishop stood together for a joint interview. Reverend Adrian Newman said, “An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths. The reason that so many people have turned up today from all sorts of different faith communities is because we want to stand together with our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
CHRISTIAN POST: Top Evangelical ethicist Russell Moore has joined the chorus of Christian leaders condemning the arrests of Iraqi Christians in the United States, who now face the threat of deportation. In a tweet on Saturday, Moore wrote, “This is wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s a death sentence for those we should be protecting.” The president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission was referring to the recent arrests of nearly 200 Iraqi nationals by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, many of them from the Chaldean Christian community. ICE says that many of those it took under custody have in the past committed serious crimes in America, and by law could face deportation.
NYT: Three Christian civilians said they had cowered in a basement for weeks while militants inspired by the Islamic State went door to door killing non-Muslims in the southern Philippine city of Marawi before fleeing for their lives at dawn on Tuesday. Ian Torres, a house painter who had come to Marawi for a job, said, “We heard them shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ and asking neighbors about religion. We could only hear them. If they could not answer questions about Quran verses, gunfire immediately followed.” His account, and others from people who have fled the battle zone in Marawi, starkly illustrate the brutal religious calculus of the militants as well as the heroic efforts of local Muslims who risked their lives to protect Christian friends and workers.
CRUX: For the third time in less than a month, a group of Christians have been detained while trying to travel by train in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. They have been accused of trying to convert Hindus. Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal has strongly condemned what he has termed ‘harassment’ of a religious minority. A religious sister in India was charged with human trafficking after she accompanied four young women on a train in central India on June 13. The Railway Police and Hindu nationalists stopped the women and the nationalists accused the nun of trying to convert the others to Christianity. Archbishop Cornelio said, “I strongly condemn this harassment by rogue elements who profess their political allegiance-alliance with the ruling party.”
RNS: Religious and indigenous leaders from 21 countries gathered in Norway on Monday to launch a new initiative aimed at saving the world’s tropical rainforests from the impact of deforestation and climate change. It was the first time leaders from Catholic, Protestant Jewish, Buddhist and other faiths joined indigenous leaders from Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to call for urgent action to protect the forests. Inspired by Pope Francis’ outspoken stance on global warming and overdevelopment, the groundbreaking event was held in Oslo and backed by Norway’s King Harald V. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told the conference, “Without the forests we do not have life; we live thanks to the forests. If we continue to do deforestation, it is like suicide. We need to act together to defend our common house.”
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