Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice
(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.
With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask
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Barrett’s faith views go beyond even many pro-life Americans’ beliefs
(RNS) — Barrett’s Catholicism strictly follows the Magisterium’s teachings that are at odds with most Americans’ pragmatic philosophical leanings.
With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals
(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.
Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory
(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions
(RNS) — Pope Francis’ comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.
Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice — and nothing new
(THE CONVERSATION) — The pontiff hasn’t changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.
Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions
(AP) — Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, was one of the first conservative Catholic leaders to go public with criticism.
Vatican and China extend ‘experimental’ agreement on appointment of bishops
(RNS) — Vatican officials believe a long-term deal could improve the lives of Chinese Catholics, but critics say the negotiations have already prompted Pope Francis to remain silent on human rights abuses.
Pope reverts to maskless old ways amid growing criticism
ROME (AP) — Francis has faced sharp criticism even from his most ardent supporters and incredulousness from some within the Vatican for refusing to wear a mask.
Pope Francis voices support of civil unions for LGBTQ couples in new documentary
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,’ the pope said in an interview for the documentary ‘Francesco.’ Francis also suggested the need for ‘a civil union law,’ in a departure from official church teaching.
Carlo Acutis, millennial candidate for sainthood, draws 41,000 to Assisi church
(RNS) — Devotees looking forward to his canonization already refer to Acutis, an internet enthusiast, as ‘the tracksuit saint’ or the ‘influencer saint.’
‘Nuns on the Bus’ creator to retire from Catholic lobbying group next year
(RNS) — Sister Simone Campbell played an important role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history
(THE CONVERSATION) — Religion has always played a strong role in shaping the composition of the United States Supreme Court. The specific nature of that influence, however, has changed over time.