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NEWS STORY RNS-Pope-Cope: ‘It didn’t even cross my mind,’ Pope Francis says amid resignation rumors in wide-ranging interview (RNS) – In an hour-long, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis addressed rumors of his resignation, the consequences of the U.S. retreat from Afghanistan, Vatican relations with China and his ongoing efforts to reform the Catholic Church. By Claire […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Pope-Cope: ‘It didn’t even cross my mind,’ Pope Francis says amid resignation rumors in wide-ranging interview
(RNS) – In an hour-long, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis addressed rumors of his resignation, the consequences of the U.S. retreat from Afghanistan, Vatican relations with China and his ongoing efforts to reform the Catholic Church. By Claire Giangravè. 1100 words. (category i)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Ida-Help: Faith based disaster relief groups balance COVID safety with speedy response to Hurricane Ida
(RNS)  —  As faith based disaster relief groups respond to Hurricane Ida, preventing the spread of COVID is top of mind. By Bob Smietana 600 words. (categories: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Palusky-Oped: Helping our Afghan neighbors is our only option
(RNS) — As we watch tragic scenes play out in Afghanistan, some American Christians don’t want to help. I don’t know all the reasons why, but I do know that when we focus only on ourselves, we neglect our biblical call to welcome the stranger and care for those who are hurting. For followers of Jesus, our concern for the vulnerable ought to have no limits. By Chris Palusky. 941 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Lupfer-Oped: After Dan Darling, Christians willing to speak the truth look unemployable
(RNS) —  This episode is just the latest proof that evangelicals who speak the truth are increasingly unwelcome in ostensibly Christian institutions, especially those with a political base anchored in the South. Too often, these groups care more about the delicate sensibilities of donors and constituents who refuse to see how their Trump discipleship has damaged the public witness of evangelical Protestantism. By Jacob Lupfer. 843 words (category: k)