RNS Updated Budget — Monday, December 9, 2019

RNS-Malalai-Joya: For one Afghan activist, her burqa is a shield allowing her to denounce corruption
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – In a school in downtown Rome on Friday (Dec. 6), Malalai Joya, the “bravest woman in Afghanistan” spoke to students about her faith, denounced the Trump administration as “the worst in the world” and tackled the difficult legacy of four decades of war in her home country. By Claire Giangravé. 1,200 words. (category: i)

RNS-Ascol-Hospitalized: Head of Founders Ministries hospitalized
(RNS) — Thomas Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, and head of Founders Ministries, was hospitalized Sunday (Dec. 8) after collapsing during church. He was rushed to a hospital where he is reportedly "in and out of responsiveness," but has stabilized. By Jack Jenkins. 229 words. (category: a)

RNS-Tagle-Appointment: Pope Francis taps Filipino Cardinal to Vatican's evangelization powerhouse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – In a surprise move, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, as the head of the major Vatican department for evangelization on Sunday (Dec. 8 ), which points to this pontificate’s efforts to highlight the global peripheries and taps the cardinal as a possible successor. By Claire Giangravé. 700 words. (category: i)

RNS-SMU-Suit: SMU sued as it moves to cut ties with United Methodist Church
(RNS) — Southern Methodist University is being sued over a recent move to sever control of the school from the United Methodist Church, as the latest fallout continues over the global denomination's decision earlier this year to strengthen its rules barring LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 655 words. (category: k)

RNS-Gleason-Oped: The future of adoption is in a child's own community
(RNS) — In the past, a family facing poverty or a temporary setback overseas might have placed their child for international adoption. Adoption agencies such as Bethany Christian Services have worked to recruit and support temporary foster families so these children can eventually return to their biological parents. By Kristi Gleason. 875 words. (category: k)

RNS-Burton-Oped: The sin and self-care of Peloton
(RNS) — Peloton has come in for criticism for its TV ad presenting its exercise equipment as a romantic gift option. But the company isn’t to blame if our culture is obsessed with self-improvement. It's just riding alongside. By Tara Isabella Burton. 660 words (category: k)