RNS Opening Budget — Monday, December 23, 2019

RNS-RamDass-Obit: Ram Dass, who introduced a generation to Hindu meditation, dies at 88
(RNS) — Pioneering the use of psychedelic drugs as spiritual practice, he also explored Buddhism and Hinduism, which took him to India and resulted in his 1971 best-selling book "Be Here Now." by Kimberly Winston. 1,117 words. (category: a)

RNS-CURIA-ADDRESS: In Christmas message, Pope Francis calls on Vatican officials to embrace change
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As the decade comes to an end, Pope Francis focused on change — of all sorts — during his Dec. 21 Christmas speech to the cardinals and heads of the Vatican departments that make up the Roman Curia. “Christian life is a journey, a pilgrimage. The history of the Bible is a journey, marked by constantly new beginnings,” Francis told the officials gathered in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. By Claire Giangravé. 1,052 words. (category: i)

RNS-USCIRF-Continues: Religious freedom agency reauthorized with Trump’s signature
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The independent religious freedom watchdog whose future was in question in recent months has been reauthorized after President Trump signed an omnibus bill on Friday (Dec. 20). By Adelle M. Banks. 500 words. (category: a)

RNS-Moore-Oped: Christianity Today's anti-Trump editorial misrepresents the evangelical masses
(RNS) — The editorial's chief contribution was to pull back the veil on the divide between self-proclaimed 'elite evangelicals' and the mass of Christians who support the president, writes a member of the president's unofficial evangelical advisory board. By Johnnie Moore. 1,046 words. (category: k)