RNS-TikTok-Deconstruction: Lonely no more: Questioning Christians find belonging on TikTok
(RNS) — The popular video app TikTok hosts a lively community of creators who are questioning the traditional Christian theology they were raised with. Seven of these creators tell the story of how they found this unique community online. By Renée Roden. 500 words. (category: a)
RNS-Trial-Updates: Vatican real estate deal trial gets underway with defense on the attack
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Tuesday was the the first day of a historic Vatican trial, in which 10 people, including Cardinal Angelo Becciu, face a wide range of charges for their part in a real estate deal using Catholic Church funds. Becciu is the lone cardinal — likely in history — to be brought to trial by the Holy See, in this case charged with bribery and embezzlement. Speaking to reporters at the end of the day’s session, he framed his appearance in the courtroom as a personal obligation. By Claire Giangravé 655 words. (category: i)
RNS-Insurrection-Christians: Police officer says Jan. 6 insurrectionists ‘perceived themselves to be Christians’
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Describing insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol as “terrorists” who “perceived themselves to be Christians,” District of Columbia police officer Daniel Hodges told a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on Tuesday (July 27) that the crowd massing on the building’s West Terrace brandished banners steeped in Christian symbolism along with those bearing the name Trump. By Jack Jenkins. 646 words. (category: a)
RNS-Barber-Texas: ‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin
(RNS) — Fifty-six years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., led thousands of clergy and laypeople on a 54-mile voting rights march from Selma to Montogmery. On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead a similar march from Georgetown to Austin, Texas. The symbolism is intentional. The Moral March for Democracy purposely invokes that earlier trek in an all-out effort to demand that the U.S. Senate end the filibuster and vote on a bill that would fully restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965. By Yonat Shimron. 850 words. (category: a)
RNS-Tippett-App: Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’
(RNS) — While synagogues were figuring out how to livestream their services, and churches were debating the merits of touchless Eucharist, Krista Tippett, host of the spirituality-centric radio show and podcast “On Being,” got to work on an app. The goal with the app is to gather some of the most potent learnings from Tippett’s conversations, as well as the community that’s drawn to them, in one place. The result, called the Wisdom App, launched quietly in mid-July. By Whitney Bauck. 700 words. (category: a)
RNS-Salkin-Oped: Why the Ben & Jerry’s meltdown?
(RNS) — My Jewish mind does not stop at the Israel boycott. It travels back, more than 80 years ago, to the signs in Germany, urging citizens to boycott Jewish businesses. The most recent wave of anti-Israel activism so easily morphed into antisemitic attacks it is hard for me not to make that leap. By Jeffrey Salkin. 778 words. (category: k)
RNS-Reese-Oped: Who gets to unplug the pope?
(RNS) — Since the pope has no wife or children, he needs to designate someone who can make these decisions for him, and the rest of the church needs to know who this is. Otherwise, arguments over his treatment can divide the church for decades, even after his death. By Thomas Reese. 1,032 words. (category: k)