Faith leaders, politicians invoke God’s protection for Trump in wake of shooting

By Paul O'Donnell — July 13, 2024
(RNS) — Many also asked for prayers for the country as a whole and the polarized political landscape.
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The Knights of Columbus will cover Rupnik mosaics, pending investigation

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — The lay Catholic men’s organization said it may cover the artwork in plaster after the conclusion of the Vatican's investigation into Rupnik's alleged sexual abuse.

Vatican will prepare a document on the role of women in leadership in the Catholic Church

By Nicole Winfield — July 12, 2024
RNS — On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that work is beginning on a document regarding women in leadership roles in the Catholic Church. Longstanding demands by women to have a greater say in the church's life have mixed with Pope Francis' big church reform process, culminating in this document. However, it faces criticism for perpetuating the same issues it claims to address.

After debate, Black churchgoers often support but begin to question Biden

By Adelle M. Banks — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — Black church scholar Jason Shelton says ‘a lot of African Americans are up in the air with President Biden post debate.’

Prominent ‘queer affirming’ theologian facing trial by Church of the Nazarene

By Yonat Shimron — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — The Rev. Thomas Jay Oord is accused of teaching doctrines contrary to the Church of the Nazarene.

Chief prosecutor defends Vatican’s legal system after recent criticism of pope’s absolute power

By Nicole Winfield — July 11, 2024
ROME (AP) — Prosecutor Alessandro Diddi's defense comes as the Vatican tribunal finalizes its written reasonings for its December 2023 verdicts. The tribunal convicted a cardinal and eight others of various financial-related crimes related to the Holy See’s 350 million euro investment in a London property, but has not yet explained its decisions.

At Buddhist-Christian dialogue, finding solidarity amid shifting religious landscape

By Michael Woolf — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — In a polarized country renegotiating the role of religion in civic life, interfaith partnerships are critical.

Students call for transparency as Cornerstone University guts humanities programs

By Kathryn Post — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — Several former faculty told RNS that the changes include the involuntary departures of six tenured faculty who had already signed contracts for the next school year.

How a perfect storm sent church insurance rates skyrocketing

By Bob Smietana — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — The same factors that have caused a crisis in the homeowner's insurance market are also affecting churches, who have to choose between paying for insurance or running programs.

Hidden in plain sight: The world’s neglected humanitarian crises 

By Myal Greene and Carol Bremer-Bennett — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — We too often see occasions of incongruence between donor interest and the actual greatest situations of need.

At the Olympics, athletes show guts, glory – and a lot of ink, including tattoos that profess their faith

By Gustavo Morello — July 10, 2024
(The Conversation) — One biblical verse bans tattoos, but the full story of Christianity’s relationship with body modification is more complicated.

Toned-down synod document backs female leadership, but not as deacons

By Claire Giangravé — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — The new ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ will guide the discussions of the next Synod on Synodality summit in October.

Faith can help heal our polarized country

By L. Gregory Jones — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — Communities of faith are distinctively (perhaps even divinely) positioned to demonstrate how to build solidarity with one another.
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