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RNS Updated Budget — Tuesday, October 12, 2021

When considering the United States’ major religious groups, Latino Catholics are among the most vaccinated. The Pew Research Center found that 82% of Catholic adults said they were at least partially vaccinated as of August — a figure that included 86% […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Latino-Catholics: Latino Catholics are among the most vaccinated religious groups. Here’s why.
(RNS) — When considering the United States’ major religious groups, Latino Catholics are among the most vaccinated. The Pew Research Center found that 82% of Catholic adults said they were at least partially vaccinated as of August — a figure that included 86% of Latino Catholics and 79% of white Catholics. By Alejandra Molina. 1,250 words. (category: a)

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-CN-Replacement: Survey: Belief in ‘Great Replacement’ theory correlates with Christian nationalist view of history
(RNS) — A new survey finds a majority of those who hold to a view of America’s origins as divinely ordained also believe in a “replacement” conspiracy theory holding that immigrants are invading the U.S. in an attempt to replace the country’s current culture. By Jack Jenkins. 512 words. (category: a)

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RNS-Churches-Pandemic: The pandemic has helped religion’s reputation. Do religious vaccine resisters put this progress at risk?
(RNS) — The 2021 American Family Survey from the Deseret News and Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU found that the share of U.S. adults who say houses of worship were helpful during the COVID-19 crisis is higher than the share who say the same about employers or public schools. Only government officials at the local, state and federal levels received notably higher marks for helpfulness than religious institutions. By Kelsey Dallas. 734 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Lizzo-Twerking: Some call twerking obscene. Lizzo, in TED Talk, calls it ‘sacred’
(RNS) — In a new TED Talk released Thurs., Sept. 30, three-time Grammy-winning superstar singer and rapper Lizzo took to the stage to present on a topic on which she’s undeniably well-versed: twerking. In the Ted Talk, Lizzo pointed to the spiritual roots and expressions of twerking, a dance move with West African origins. By Kathryn Post. 1,000 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Legionaries-Pandora: Scandal-plagued Catholic order denies hiding millions in offshore accounts
(RNS) – An embattled Catholic religious order accused of hiding almost $300 million in off-shore accounts denied any wrongdoing in an online statement, declaring that it did not evade taxes and complied with international accounting standards. By Claire Giangravè. 700 words. (category i)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Salkin-Oped: What Ted Lasso could teach clergy
(RNS) — Ted’s acclimation to his new geographical location, his new job and his changing family situation is simultaneously funny, poignant and wise. Ted is always ready with pieces of Lasso Torah. My favorite: “Limbo. Great party game; bad relationship status.” What can rabbis — and other clergy — learn from Ted Lasso? By Jeffrey Salkin. 986 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Jain-Oped: At Durga Puja, Hindus wrestle with the West’s sexualized destroyer
(RNS) — In Western portrayals, and larger feminist discourse, this image of Kali is held up to emphasize empowerment and wild sexuality. Taken out of her cultural, religious and philosophical context, however, many of her Western depictions make her quite unrecognizable to me. By Kalpana Jain. 1,085 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Reese-Oped: Pope should send Greta Thunberg to COP26
(RNS) — Enough “blah, blah, blah.” The children of the world demand action that protects their futures. Give Greta the pope’s chair at the meeting. Make her part of the Vatican delegation to COP26 with full diplomatic credentials so she can go anywhere, attending any meeting and speak out for the children of the world. By Thomas Reese. 550 words. (category: k)