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A gay pride flag flies along with the US flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church Friday, April 19, 2019, in Prairie Village, Kan. The United Methodist Church is divided over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

By David Crary — March 8, 2021

(RNS) — The bill maintains exemptions for houses of worship, but faith-based homeless shelters and adoption or foster-care agencies that get federal funding would not be permitted to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington, Friday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

High court revives ex-student’s suit on religious literature

By Jessica Gresko — March 8, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is reviving a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus, but was only seeking $1.

An unidentified woman carries her belongings on her head after crossing the Mbomou river back into Bangassou, Central African Republic, from Ndu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she had taken refuge, Sunday Feb. 14, 2021. An estimated 240,000 people have been displaced in Central African Republic since mid-December, according to U.N. relief workers, when rebels calling themselves the Coalition of Patriots for Change launched attacks, causing a humanitarian crisis in the already unstable nation. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)

The Central African Republic’s faith leaders are the country’s best hope for peace

By T. Christine Luby — March 8, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Our neutrality remains a very important factor,’ said Imam Abdoulaye Ouasselegue.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018. (Paul Ellis/pool photo via AP)

Why I empathize with Harry and Meghan

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 8, 2021

(RNS) — So the British royal family is screwed up. Aren’t we all?

Pope Francis listens to Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, right, delivering his welcome speech during a meeting with the Qaraqosh community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Sunday, March 7, 2021. The small Christian community returned to Qaraqosh after the war where they rebuilt their church that was used as a firing range by IS. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘You are not alone!’ Pope makes final appeal to Iraqi Christian community

By Claire Giangravé — March 7, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On his last full day in Iraq, Francis told Christians to forgive their oppressors, the better to put their energy toward restoring their country.

Pope Francis visited the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur on Saturday, March 6, 2021, on the second day of his historic visit to Iraq (March 5-8). There he joined religious leaders for an ecumenical prayer calling for peace and tolerance in the country. Photo courtesy of Vatican Media

At ancient city of Ur, Pope Francis makes heartfelt appeal for fraternity of faiths

By Claire Giangravé — March 6, 2021

(RNS) — Earlier on Saturday, Pope Francis had a historic meeting with the Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the Iraqi Shiite leader.

Conference attendees pose for a photo next to a statue of former President Donald Trump at the merchandise show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The religion of Trump’s Lost Cause

By Mark Silk — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — Its roots are in the Civil War.

Members of the Uyghur community living in Turkey hold banners while protesting against China, in Istanbul, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. More than a million Uyghurs and other largely Muslim minorities have been swept into prisons and detention camps in China, in what China calls an anti-terrorism measure. Uyghurs, a Turkic group native to China's far west Xinjiang region, have sought refuge in Turkey for decades because of their shared cultural ties with the country. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

As genocide designation becomes a political football, Uyghur activists push for action

By Joseph Hammond — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — Advocates for the Uyghurs say they expect the Biden administration to proceed on the understanding that China’s actions amount to genocide.

What group is least likely to get a vaccine? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Black Protestants aren’t least likely to get a vaccine; white evangelicals are

By Yonat Shimron — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new survey by Pew Research shows that 64% of Black Protestants ‘definitely or probably’ plan to get vaccinated, compared to 54% of white evangelicals.

Pharmacist Madeline Acquilano draws a syringe of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The first shipments of the vaccine arrived at the hospital Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Johnson & Johnson vaccine creates a week of confusion for Catholics

By Jack Jenkins — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — An attempt to clear up confusion about the moral acceptability of the vaccine only created further uncertainty.

Waya Brown, who is Apache and Pomo, dances in a circle at Oak Flat campground on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, near Superior, Arizona. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

Why Oak Flat in Arizona is a sacred space for the Apache and other Native Americans

By Alejandra Molina, Emily McFarlan Miller — March 5, 2021

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (RNS) — The Apache believe Oak Flat is a ‘blessed place’ where Ga’an — guardians or messengers between the people and Usen, Creator God — dwell. The site is at risk of being turned over to an Australian mining company.

In this July 29, 2009, file photo, financial guru Dave Ramsey sits in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn. Ramsey Solutions later moved to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

Dave Ramsey’s new crusade: Ending COVID-19 mask orders

By Bob Smietana — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — Dave Ramsey, the Christian financial guru, has long been a skeptic of COVID-19 restrictions, saying that he and his company will not be ruled by fear.

“Sister Act” podcast  co-hosts Sabrina Dent, clockwise from top left, Hurunnessa Fariad and Rabbi Susan Shankman share a laugh during a virtual meeting. Video screengrab

Women of different faiths find ‘seat at the table’ co-hosting ‘Sister Act’ podcast

By Adelle M. Banks — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Being female faith leaders, we are not always given the stage,’ said the podcast’s founder.

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