Giovanna Dell'orto is an author at Religion News Service.
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Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues
By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”
Minnesota Buddhist temple opens up sacred dance troupe
By Giovanna Dell'orto — February 13, 2023
HAMPTON, Minn. (AP) — Founded by refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime, which sought to eradicate most religious institutions, the troupe hopes to teach young children sacred dance to strengthen their ties to both Buddhism and Cambodian traditions.
Border bishop takes lead role in Catholic migrant ministry
By Giovanna Dell'orto — January 9, 2023
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The migration crisis is literally in the backyard of the new chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ migration committee.
Stuck at the border, migrants find a little Christmas cheer
By Giovanna Dell'orto and Morgan Lee — December 27, 2022
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Across the U.S.-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, shelters are already packed beyond capacity, leaving little time for celebrations and many migrants camped out in the streets in below freezing weather.
Faith leaders prep for border changes amid tension, hope
By Giovanna Dell'orto — December 19, 2022
REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — Faith leaders working on the border are wary of what's to come. They expect tensions will keep rising if new restrictions are imposed.
Queen lauds Minnesota church’s century of Norwegian worship
By Giovanna Dell'orto — October 17, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The congregation has worshipped in Norwegian for all 100 years that it has existed.
Chile hospital integrates Native medicine, birth to death
By Giovanna Dell'orto — August 29, 2022
OSORNO, Chile (AP) — The largest public hospital in the southern Chilean city of Osorno is finding new ways to incorporate Indigenous health practices, a move they say is restoring a crucial spiritual component to health care.
On Greece’s Santorini, 13 cloistered nuns pray for the world
By Giovanna Dell'orto — July 11, 2022
THIRA, Greece (AP) — It's a crucial if often misunderstood mission within the church, where constant prayer is deemed necessary to support more outwardly engaged ministries.
Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive
By Giovanna Dell'orto — June 21, 2022
TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS, Spain (AP) — Terradillos de los Templarios, and dozens of villages like it, were built to host medieval pilgrims. Today’s Camino travelers are saving them from disappearing.
Pastor-led shelters bring schooling options to migrant kids
By Giovanna Dell'orto — April 26, 2022
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Pastor-run shelters have partnered with educators to bus children to an alternative school that teaches everything from math to reading to dealing with emotions, or bringing in specially accredited teachers.
Afghan evacuees mark first US Ramadan with gratitude, agony
By Mariam Fam and Giovanna Dell'orto — April 5, 2022
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) — As they adjust to their new communities, Afghan families are celebrating Ramadan with gratitude for their safety. Yet there's also the agony of being away from loved ones who they fear are in danger under Taliban leadership.
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