Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(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.

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Barrett’s faith views go beyond even many pro-life Americans’ beliefs

By Kathy Rudy — October 26, 2020

(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

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020

(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

By Frances D'Emilio — October 25, 2020

(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

By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020

(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

By Steven P. Millies — October 22, 2020

(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

By David Crary, Elana Schor — October 22, 2020

(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

By Claire Giangravé — October 22, 2020

(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

By Nicole Winfield — October 21, 2020

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

By Claire Giangravé — October 21, 2020

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

By Claire Giangravé — October 20, 2020

(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

By Jack Jenkins — October 20, 2020

(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

By Nomi Stolzenberg — October 19, 2020

(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.

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