RNS Updated Budget — Thursday, January 9, 2020

RNS-Pope-Diplomats: "Don't lose hope" Pope Francis tells diplomats amid concerns over global war and climate change
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – In a lengthy speech to ambassadors at the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis laid out his international agenda for the new year by addressing mounting concerns about the situation in Iran, the impact of climate change in Australia, immigration and the necessary steps to ensure peace. By Claire Giangravè. 1500 words. (category: i)

RNS-Immigrant-Lawsuit: New documents show government targeted NYC pastor for officiating immigrant weddings
(RNS) — New documents indicate the US government surveilled and investigated a New York pastor and immigrant rights activist over allegations that she committed marriage fraud by officiating immigrant weddings along the US-Mexico border. But the cleric says she did nothing wrong and says the government violated her religious freedom by targeting her. By Jack Jenkins. 822 words. (category: a)

RNS-Confessional-Lawsuit: Mormon lawsuit could change how houses of worship report abuse
(RNS) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being sued by an Oregon woman who claims the church violated the doctrine of confidentiality when it disclosed her husband’s confession of child sexual abuse that led to his arrest and imprisonment. It’s a case that legal observers are closely watching because churches often get criticized for not reporting abuse by claiming confidentiality. This is the opposite. By Alejandra Molina. 850 words. (category: a)

RNS-Henry-Oped: White evangelical attacks on James Cone are about power, not truth
(RNS) — Cone, the founder of black liberation theology, didn't get Jesus wrong, as his white critics say. He only threatened the white establishment’s power to define the boundaries of truth. By Andre Henry. 1,300 words. (category: k)

RNS-Reese-Oped: Three Catholic solutions to toxic politics
(RNS) — According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, the Roman Catholic Church is the only major denomination with almost equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats. This puts the Church in a unique position to respond to today’s toxic politics. By Thomas Reese. 800 words. (category: k)

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