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Pope to visit Canada to apologize for Indigenous abuses

By Frances D'emilio — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis will head to Canada on July 24 and visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, a small town in that country's far north.

Jordan’s King Abdullah, custodian of holy sites, meets US Christian leaders

By Daoud Kuttab — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Reconfirming the status quo in Jerusalem will require some hard diplomacy and a lot of goodwill.

Department of Interior releases first report detailing US Indian boarding schools

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — The Roman Catholic Church and a number of Protestant denominations are beginning to investigate their own roles in those boarding schools.

Catholic cardinal, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

By Associated Press — May 11, 2022
HONG KONG (AP) — The arrests were apparently related to their roles as trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provided legal aid to people who took part in 2019 pro-democracy protests that were quashed by security forces.

Nobel laureate and physicist Wilczek wins Templeton Prize

By Luis Andres Henao — May 11, 2022
(AP) — In a statement, the John Templeton Foundation praised the 70-year-old Wilczek for transforming “our understanding of the forces that govern our universe,”

Religious beliefs give strength to the anti-abortion movement – but not all religions agree

By Steven K. Green — May 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of constitutional law and American religious history explains how the abortion issue has been historically rooted in religious beliefs, giving a moral certainty that law cannot provide.

It’s time to end Title 42, the immoral — and illegal — Trump-era asylum policy

By Barbara Weinstein and Mary J. Novak — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Not only is it our duty as people of faith to support those seeking refuge, but it is our duty as Americans to fight for policies that welcome asylum-seekers.

After church protests, experts warn extremists may exploit abortion demonstrations

By Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘For white nationalists specifically, opposition to abortion is a centerpiece in their worldview,’ said Jared Holt, an extremism expert.

A tuition-free Jesuit school comes with lifelong investment

By Kathryn Post — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — The middle school employs Jesuit values as it supports students from underserved communities from ‘fourth grade through a lifetime.’

Why is the church failing in the West?

By Thomas Reese — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — Vocations and church attendance are down. Young people are leaving the church in droves. Why?

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

Oberammergau Passion Play enters a new era

By Noam E. Marans and Peter A. Pettit — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Oberammergau is no longer a capital of antisemitism.

Pope decries divisions caused by old-school liturgy fans

By Frances D'emilio — May 8, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis pressed his papacy’s battle against traditionalists, whose prominent members include some ultra-conservative cardinals.

Vatican astrophysicists offer new way to study gravity after the Big Bang

By Claire Giangravé — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — Speaking from the Vatican observatory, Jesuit Father Gabriele Gionti and Diocesan Father Matteo Galaverni outlined their hopes for unveiling the secrets of the cosmos.

Survey: White evangelicals oppose abortion; all other religious groups support it

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — US religions have wide-ranging opinions on legality of abortion. But most support legal abortion.
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