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As Pennsylvania’s ‘Bible belt’ evolves, clergy look to one another for mutual support

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 6, 2023
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (RNS) — The difficulties of the pandemic and the widening gap between people of different political persuasions have put a strain on the clergy of one small town in this historically religious region. They have found mutual support in a 'ministerium' dedicated to community unity.
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Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The three Christian leaders spoke on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference Sunday.

Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI’s death

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death.

Church of England submits blessings for same-sex couples to fierce debate in Synod

By Catherine Pepinster — February 3, 2023
LONDON (RNS) — The bishops have displeased both conservatives and progressives in the church with a proposal to bless civil unions between same-sex partners.

Is ‘Jewish supremacy’ translating into anti-Christian violence in Jerusalem?

By Daoud Kuttab — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is a political one; it must stay as such.

Biden tells dueling prayer breakfasts that ‘diversity is one of our greatest strengths’

By Adelle M. Banks — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Biden’s remarks occurred on the day when there were two events instead of one to mark the tradition of prayer gatherings of Congress and the U.S. president.

After 30 years, Buddhist-inspired message of ‘Groundhog Day’ still holds spiritual power

By Bob Smietana — February 2, 2023
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (RNS) — Part Hollywood love story and part secular spiritual parable, the 1993 film shows life can be better if we pay attention.

Not all who harm the church are wolves. Some are renegade sheep.

By Karen Swallow Prior — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — The distinction makes a difference.

Clergy protest legislation targeting transgender children in Missouri

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Jewish and Christian clergy have taken an active role in protesting what one advocacy group has called the ‘most dangerous’ session of the Missouri Legislature for the LGBTQ community it has seen in years.

A new vision for the National Prayer Breakfast

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Will the new organizers of this annual event embrace our founding principle of freedom of belief for all?

Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

By Jean-yves Kamale, Nicole Winfield, and Christina Malkia — February 2, 2023
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Deafening cheers and chants greeted Francis on his last full day in Congo as he joined tens of thousands of young people at the Martyrs’ Stadium in the capital, Kinshasa. The Vatican said more than 65,000 people attended.

At Tyre Nichols’ funeral, VP Harris and Sharpton among those praying and promising reform

By Adelle M. Banks — February 1, 2023
(RNS) — ‘When we talk about public safety, let us understand what it means in its truest form: Tyre Nichols should have been safe,’ the vice president said.

Should clergy be mandated reporters? New York’s CARE Act says yes

By Kathryn Post — February 1, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Because pastors do not report abuse, it allows abusers to keep on preying on vulnerable individuals,’ said advocate Abbi Nye.
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