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Pastor who appeared in drag on HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ forced to leave his church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Craig Duke was relieved from his pastoral duties last week at Newburgh United Methodist Church near Evansville, Indiana, after receiving pushback from congregants over his appearance on the show.
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After last year’s COVID closures, pilgrimages resume to honor Virgin of Guadalupe

By Alejandra Molina — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — This year, with more people vaccinated against COVID-19, Catholics across the country are once again gathering for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who has been a source of hope for many Latinos throughout the pandemic.

Indigenous video game streamers advocate for representation and education

By Jessica Mundie — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — On video game streaming platforms, Indigenous gamers are sharing their unique cultures and spirituality with the intent to educate and empower other content creators.

Holocaust survivors mark Hanukkah at Jerusalem Western Wall

By Associated Press — November 30, 2021
The candle-lighting was organized by the Jewish Claims Conference at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the holiest place where Jews can pray.

There’s fanfiction for everything — even the Bible

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — Staples of the genre span from discussions of heaven and hell to erotica featuring biblical characters.

In a podcast, two Jesuit priests document their ministry along the southern border

By Alejandra Molina — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Jesuit Border Podcast' documents the stories of migrants, advocates and organizations the Revs. Brian Strassburger and Louie Hotop encounter along both sides of the US-Mexico border.

New book shines light on abuse and racist discrimination of Catholic nuns

By Claire Giangravé — November 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — 'The Veil of Silence,' a new book by Vatican reporter Salvatore Cernuzio, details the racism, abuse and discrimination faced by nuns in female Catholic congregations.

Native America has lessons for surviving an apocalypse, says Choctaw elder and Episcopal priest

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — The Rev. Steven Charleston talked to Religion News Service about his new book, 'Ladder to the Light,' and what Native America has to teach others about climbing out of darkness.

To vanquish lived trauma, Netflix’s ‘Procession’ puts victims in the director’s chair

By Jillian Cheney — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — The new documentary spotlights the practice of drama therapy, which uses role-playing to work through past trauma. 

New children’s Bibles rethink how Christians share old, old story with young readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — Parents are calling attention to whitewashed illustrations, almost exclusively male characters and an emphasis on memorizing morals over engaging with the divine in many existing children's story Bibles.

In Netflix’s ‘Procession,’ clergy abuse victims process trauma by making short films

By Alejandra Molina — November 19, 2021
(RNS) — The film follows six men as they make short films to help them process their individual traumas of being sexually abused by Catholic priests.

Andy Warhol as a gay artist in conflict with his Catholic faith

By Jillian Cheney — November 19, 2021
(RNS) — A new show at the Brooklyn Museum presents the pop-art master as a man caught between his Catholic faith and his queer identity. 

UFOs and science fiction in Muslim culture goes well beyond ‘Dune’

By Joseph Hammond — November 19, 2021
(RNS) — In the Middle East, in particular, science fiction became an outlet for political criticism.
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