RNS Opening Budget — Monday, January 13, 2020

RNS-Benedict-Celibacy: Retired pope Benedict promotes priestly celibacy in new book suggesting rift between two popes
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – With the words “I cannot be silent,” former Pope Benedict XVI released his strongest statement yet since his resignation seven years ago. In new book set for release in February, the retired pontiff appears to not see eye to eye with his successor Pope Francis, especially when it concerns priestly celibacy. By Claire Giangravè. 915 words. (category: i)

RNS-Muslim-Chaplain: First woman Muslim chaplain commissioned in the U.S. military
(RNS) — The U.S. Air Force has commissioned its first Muslim woman chaplain candidate, marking the first time the U.S. military services will have a female chaplain of the Islamic faith. By Adelle M. Banks. 300 words. (category: a)

RNS-Burton-Oped: Why 'Cats' wins the Oscar for best spiritual comedy
(RNS) — Few movies — wait, few media properties have been as thoroughly panned as Tom Hooper’s new film adaptation of the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. But "Cats" captures at once the intense spiritual longing of our modern world and its concurrent alienation from established sense and meaning. By Tara Isabella Burton. 800 words. (category: k)

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