Religion in the News: February 9, 2018

The Muslim Judicial Council South Africa joined Habibia Soofie Masjid and Masjidul-Quds to lead more than 1,000 Muslims in an early morning prayer for rain at the Rylands sports complex in Athlone, Cape Town, on Feb. 4, 2018. Worshippers donated bottled water, foreground, and many mosques throughout Cape Town have installed aerators on taps or are providing worshippers with spray bottles or single cups of water to perform ablutions. RNS photo by Brian Pellot

Religion news isn’t confined to the U.S. It’s a global phenomenon with impact in places across the continents.

You’ll see that clearly in this week’s religion news round-up.

You’ll also notice the prevalence of religion in popular culture — in video games and on television, religion continues to rear its head and be a relevant part of the contemporary conversation. Here’s a sampling for you to dig into this week: