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RNS Updated Budget — Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating the Biden administration’s proposal to admit as many as 125,000 refugees to the United States in the coming year as a “return to moral leadership.” […]

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NEWS STORY
RNS-Refugee-Ceiling: Faith-based agencies celebrate ‘return to moral leadership’ as Biden raises refugee ceiling to 125,000
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating the Biden administration’s proposal to admit as many as 125,000 refugees to the United States in the coming year as a “return to moral leadership.” By Emily McFarlan Miller. 800 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-911-Podcast: ‘King of the World’ podcast examines good and bad of Muslim American life after 9/11
 (RNS) —A new podcast seeks to engage with the myriad ways life has changed for Muslim-Americans since September 11, 2001. The seven roughly hour-long episodes look at the many ways that the negative and positive ways Muslim life in America has changed in the last 20 years. The title of the show “King of the World” is a translation of the host’s name: Shahjehan Khan. Khan, a podcast veteran and voice artist, says that though the project officially launched in February, he has dreamed of working on a project to capture the Muslim American experience for years. By Joseph Hammond. 600 words. (category: )

NEWS STORY
RNS-Cavafy-Egypt: Poet Cavafy Remains An Unlikely Symbol of Greek Culture in Egypt
(RNS) — Widely considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century Constantine Cavafy has become an unlikely symbol of Greek culture and Christianity in Egypt. His legacy and that of Greeks in Egypt is increasingly latched onto by both Athens and Cairo. By Joseph Hammond. 1200 words. (category: )

COMMENTARY
RNS-Lupfer-Oped: J.D. Vance channels hate in Ohio Senate primary
(RNS) — J.D. Vance is in a bind. He wants Donald Trump’s endorsement in a Republican U.S. Senate primary. But he also cares about his soul. By now, this dilemma is so familiar among GOP politicians as to be boring. But Vance’s personal history and career trajectory, as well as the timing of his run, have made his Faustian bargain so cringeworthy as to be instructive. By Jacob Lupfer. 1,016 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Riess-Oped: We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated
(RNS) — In the midst of this world-historic pandemic, vaccinations give those of us who are immunocompetent the chance to circle the wagons of our collective immunity around those whose immune systems no longer function normally. Our sense of charity and responsibility can thus speed the world to becoming safer for the medically vulnerable once again. By Tyler Johnson. 750 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Midnight-Mass: In ‘Midnight Mass,’ there is ungodly horror and there are puritanical Christians
(RNS) — An enthralling American Gothic saga by the creator and director of “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” the new seven-episode series, on Netflix beginning Friday (Sept. 24), explores small-town fear with modern stories of addiction and Islamophobia. By Jillian Cheney. (category: k)