RNS Updated Budget — Thursday, December 12, 2019

NEWS STORY
RNS-Pope-Tweets: Seven years in, pope's Twitter account garners success, criticism and comic mishaps
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Seven years ago on Dec. 12, then-Pope Benedict XVI published his first tweet before a crowd of prelates and faithful. With a tap on an iPad, the pontificate was ushered into the world of social media, creating a new space for evangelization and papal communication. By Claire Giangravé. 994 words. (category: i)

NEWS STORY
RNS-China-AntiMuslim: China accuses US of ‘double standards’ on anti-Muslim bigotry, counterterrorism
(RNS) — As Washington ramps up pressure on Beijing to end its extrajudicial mass detention of up to 3 million Uighur Muslims, Chinese officials are seeking to turn the tables on the White House, accusing the U.S. of hypocrisy due to its own long history of anti-Muslim discrimination. By Aysha Khan. 1,157 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Living-Arrangements: Study: Christians, Jews have smaller families, solo living and parenting styles
(RNS) — A new study from the Pew Research Center that compares the size and composition of households among the world’s different faiths finds that Christians — as well as Jews and people of no faith — live in the smallest households. In the U.S., the three groups live in similarly sized households, on average — 3.4 people for Christians, 3.2 for people of no faith and 3.0 for Jews. By Yonat Shimran. 859 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Silk-Oped: Trump's anti-Semitism order is much ado about not much
(RNS) — The president's executive order designating Judaism as a nationality or ethnic group provides protection for Jews that has long since been afforded them by Supreme Court decisions and congressional legislation. Trump's measure amounts to little more than politics for the Hanukkah season. By Mark Silk. 700 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Gross-Oped: How Christians of color in Colonial Virginia became 'black'
(RNS) — Although the British settlers imported Africans from the first as slaves, the earliest Virginians had yet to establish many of the basic rules regarding slavery. By Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela Gross. 1,160 words. (category: k)

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