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How does the Vatican plan a retired pope’s funeral?

By Nicole Winfield — December 28, 2022
(RNS) — When Benedict announced his retirement in 2013, he opened a decade of uncharted pontifical territory.
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Chile hospital integrates Native medicine, birth to death

By Giovanna Dell'orto — August 29, 2022
OSORNO, Chile (AP) — The largest public hospital in the southern Chilean city of Osorno is finding new ways to incorporate Indigenous health practices, a move they say is restoring a crucial spiritual component to health care.

Police: Death toll in Afghan capital mosque bombing now 21

By Rahim Faiez and Ebrahim Noroozi — August 19, 2022
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The mosque bombing comes just two days after the anniversary of the fall of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021.

Bombing at Kabul mosque kills 10, including prominent cleric

By Rahim Faiez and Ebrahim Noroozi — August 17, 2022
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Italian Emergency hospital in Kabul said that at least 27 wounded civilians, including five children, were brought there from the site of the bomb blast.

Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

By Samy Magdy — August 15, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses said there were many children inside the four-story building, which had two day care facilities.

Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called “mission” during funeral

By Associated Press — August 12, 2022
GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke about Walorski’s work as a Christian missionary in Romania with her husband, as the director of a local humane society and as a television news reporter before entering politics.

Most Americans today are choosing cremation – here’s why burials are becoming less common

By David Sloane — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — As late as 1970, only about 5% of Americans chose to be cremated. In 2020, more than 56% Americans opted for it.

Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

By Stefanie Dazio and Mariam Fam — August 9, 2022
Naeem Hussain was killed Friday night, and the three other men died in ambush shootings. Police in New Mexico’s largest city are trying to determine if the deaths are linked.

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

By Mariam Fam and Stefanie Dazio — August 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Earlier this week, police confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers were looking for possible ties among the separate crimes.

Wisconsin megachurch pastor Stuart Briscoe, lifelong broadcast evangelist, dies at 91

By Riley Farrell — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — His Wisconsin church remains the largest in the state, and his media ministry, 'Telling the Truth,' continues to broadcast online and on the radio.

Christianity was a major part of Indigenous boarding schools – a historian whose family survived them explains

By Brenda J. Child — August 2, 2022
(The Conversation) — A historian of the residential schools explains how religion played a key role in assimilationist systems for Indigenous children in Canada and the United States.

Salvadoran Archbishop praises government crackdown on gangs

By Associated Press — August 1, 2022
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s gangs, which have been estimated to count some 70,000 members in their ranks, have long controlled swaths of territory and extorted and killed with impunity.

Expansions on euthanasia should be sounding alarm bells for us all

By Avi Shafran — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘In our utilitarian and utopian zeal, the right to die today may become the duty to die tomorrow,’ warns Toronto physician Mark D’Souza.
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