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Peter Smith is an author at Religion News Service.

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Moscow patriarch: Russian war dead have their sins forgiven

By Peter Smith — September 27, 2022
(AP) — The assertion, made on Sunday, ratchets up Moscow Patriarch Kirill's already staunch support for Russia's war on Ukraine.

LGBTQ-friendly church OK with getting Southern Baptist boot

By Peter Smith — September 27, 2022
(AP) — 'It’s good when people reject you because they understand clearly who you are,' said the Rev. Michael Usey, the church's lead pastor.

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

By Peter Smith — September 21, 2022
(AP) — The committee on Tuesday approved a statement that College Park Baptist Church was not in 'friendly cooperation' due to its 'open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior.'

A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anti-Roe justices a part of Catholicism’s conservative wing

By Peter Smith — July 1, 2022
The Supreme Court was dominated by Protestant justices for much of its history. The majority have been Catholic since the 1990s, and for several years in the last decade, the court had six Catholic justices, three Jews and no Protestants.

#ChurchToo revelations growing, years after movement began

By Peter Smith and Holly Meyer — June 13, 2022
(AP) — In recent weeks #ChurchToo has seen an especially intense set of revelations across denominations and ministries.

Woman buoyed by support after viral pastor confrontation

By Peter Smith — June 4, 2022
(AP) — Bobi Gephart wanted the church community to know the truth and had no idea the video, recorded by a family member in the congregation, would generate such a viral response.

Ukrainian archbishop: Minority faiths at risk if Russia wins

By Peter Smith — April 1, 2022
(AP) — Groups at risk include Catholics, Muslims and Orthodox who have broken away from the patriarch of Moscow, Archbishop Borys Gudziak said.

Russian talking point: Blaming US for Ukraine church split

By Peter Smith — March 23, 2022
(AP) — “You cannot call it a religious war, but it has a religious dimension,” said the Rev. Cyril Hovorun.

Moscow patriarch stokes Orthodox tensions with war remarks

By Peter Smith — March 8, 2022
(AP) — Kirill on Sunday depicted the war in spiritual terms.

Kyiv shrines, memorials with powerful symbolic value at risk

By Peter Smith — March 3, 2022
(AP) — Among the sites at risk in the Ukrainian capital are the nation's most sacred Orthodox shrines, dating back nearly 1,000 years to the dawn of Christianity in the region.

EXPLAINER: How is Russia-Ukraine war linked to religion?

By Peter Smith — February 28, 2022
(AP) — The division between Ukraine's Orthodox bodies has reverberated worldwide in recent years as Orthodox churches have struggled with how and whether to take sides.

Jewish leaders, backers defiant a week after hostage siege

By Peter Smith — January 24, 2022
(AP) — At synagogues around the US, Jewish leaders marked the first Sabbath since last weekend's hostage-taking with a show of defiance against acts of antisemitism.

Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case

By Peter Smith — January 20, 2022
(AP) — The gunman’s words were all too familiar to Jewish leaders and terror experts, who saw the attack on Congregation Beth Israel as yet another in the rising number of antisemitic hate crimes.

Ransom freed some missionary hostages in Haiti, workers say

By Peter Smith — January 6, 2022
An unidentified person paid a ransom that freed three missionaries kidnapped by a gang in Haiti under an agreement that was supposed to have led to the release of all 15 remaining captives early last month, workers for their Ohio-based organization have confirmed. The person who made the payment was not affiliated with Ohio-based Christian […]
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