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In letter, thousands of Catholic nuns declare trans people ‘beloved and cherished by God’

By Jack Jenkins — March 31, 2023
(RNS) — The letter follows a recent statement from U.S. Catholic bishops discouraging Catholic health care groups from performing various gender-affirming medical procedures.
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Responding to Indigenous, Vatican rejects Discovery Doctrine

By Nicole Winfield — March 30, 2023
(AP) — The Vatican said the papal documents had been “manipulated” for political purposes by colonial powers “to justify immoral acts against Indigenous peoples that were carried out, at times, without opposition from ecclesial authorities.”

Grief, fear haunt Nashville as residents gather to mourn in wake of Covenant shooting

By Bob Smietana — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — Vigils and funeral services begin for the victims of Monday’s shooting at a Christian school.

Astrologers respond as Starbucks becomes latest brand to look to the stars

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — Some astrologers see astrology’s appearance in memes and marketing as a move in a positive direction.

The coming golden age for Jewish major leaguers

By Jonathan Weiler — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — The three players in the 2021 World Series could be only the beginning.

Earthquake survivors face a ‘dark’ Ramadan in Turkey

By Kathryn Post — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — Relief workers are pivoting to meet the evolving needs of Muslims during the holy month of fasting.

Faith leaders and religious groups voice opposition to Biden’s plan to restrict asylum

By Alejandra Molina — March 29, 2023
(RNS) — The new rules mirror restrictions set forth by the Trump administration that were eventually blocked in court by migrant activist groups.

‘Shul shopping’ in New York: A Jewish millennial’s two years of wandering

By Tori Luecking — March 29, 2023
(RNS) — Our search for a spiritual home.

Once behind bars, a pastor advocates for giving released prisoners a clean slate

By Eleonora Francica — March 29, 2023
(RNS) — Having overcome his own prison record, Seventh-day Adventist pastor Aaron Chancy is lobbying state officials in New York to approve the Clean Slate Act.

Pope Francis admitted to hospital with respiratory infection

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 29, 2023
ROME (RNS)  — The Vatican clarified that it was not COVID-19 but it would ‘require several days of appropriate medical treatment at the hospital.’

Vatican’s highest-ranking nun, Nathalie Becquart, talks synodality with young Catholics

By Meagan Saliashvili — March 29, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘Listening is more than simply hearing. It is a beautiful listening, in which everyone has something to learn,’ said Becquart, who is shepherding the process of Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality.

Most US Mormons are failing the Word of Wisdom, nurse says

By Jana Riess — March 29, 2023
(RNS) — Sugar and meat are killing us softly.

Study: Religious attendance dips slightly after pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — The study found the share of U.S. adults who generally say they attend religious services at least once a month dropped from 33% in 2019, before the COVID-19 outbreak, to 30% in 2022.
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