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As Roe falls, religious abortion-rights advocates prepare for next steps

By Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — 'We vow to keep fighting,' said Jody Rabhan, chief policy officer for the National Council of Jewish Women. 'This is not the end. There are things that we can do.'
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For the religious right, a victory 50 years in the making

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — A mighty coalition comprising mostly conservative Catholics, evangelical Christians and Mormons grounded its theological aims in the language of human rights and played its politics unrelentingly.

Dobbs decision and fall of Roe met with rejoicing, dismay from faith groups

By Bob Smietana — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — Religious groups, like most Americans, are divided over the decision. While most Americans say abortion should be legal, many would support restrictions.

EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?

By Mark Stevenson — June 24, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartels have long used the remote mountains to plant illicit crops of marijuana and opium poppies.

After $2 million Brooklyn church robbery, houses of worship evaluate theft risk

By Riley Farrell — June 23, 2022
(RNS) — Religious organizations can be targeted for a number of reasons, according to insurance experts.

Pope Francis puts Jews’ desperate wartime appeals to Pope Pius XII online

By Claire Giangravé — June 23, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The data, which will be available online for free, comprises more than 2,700 requests sent to the Vatican by Jews persecuted by the Nazi regime.

Vatican releases pope’s Canada itinerary, a sign trip is on

By Nicole Winfield and Rob Gillies — June 23, 2022
ROME (AP) — The publication of the itinerary was delayed for nearly two weeks, leading to speculation Francis might be forced to cancel traveling to Canada as he did his before a planned July 2-7 pilgrimage to Africa.

Abortion and bioethics: Principles to guide U.S. abortion debates

By Nancy S. Jecker — June 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A bioethicist explains the four ethical principles that guide medical practitioners’ thinking about abortion, such as autonomy and justice.

2 priests killed in Mexico devoted decades to remote region

By MarÍa Verza — June 23, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The two priests, age 79 and 80, respectively, were shot to death in the small church on Cerocahui’s town square Monday, along with a tourist guide they tried to protect from a local criminal boss.

New documentary follows the Rev. James Martin ‘Building a Bridge’ to LGBTQ Catholics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 23, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I just hope that it helps LGBTQ Catholics see that there’s a place for them in their own church — it’s their church, too — and also for Catholic leaders to hear these voices,’ Martin said.

‘Just rumors’: Cardinal Parolin dismisses chatter about pope’s plan to resign

By Claire Giangravé — June 23, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Francis’ right-hand man at the Vatican buttressed recent statements by church officials disputing that Francis is ready to throw in the miter.

200 witnesses to testify in ‘Vatican trial of a century’ on financial scandals

By Claire Giangravé — June 22, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A trial that began a year ago has so far heard from 10 witnesses.

NBA’s Biyombo brings Congo to the pope after trip canceled

By Associated Press — June 22, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 6-foot-9 Biyombo towered over the Argentine pope, even as he stood for photos.
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