Turkish drones kill 3 in an attack on a local Christian militia in northeastern Syria, officials say

By Bassem Mroue and Kareem Chehayeb — February 29, 2024
BEIRUT (AP) — The force that was targeted, the local Christian Syriac police known as Sutoro, works under the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
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After Tanzania bus accident kills 11 of its missionaries, group reaches out for support

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 28, 2024
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Leaders of Youth With a Mission are rallying for help to aid logistical arrangements, including medical evacuations, repatriations and funeral arrangements.

How Hakeem Jeffries’ Black Baptist upbringing and deep-rooted faith shapes his House leadership

By Darren Sands — February 28, 2024
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Jeffries, 53, his leadership in the House traces back to his formative days growing up and serving at Cornerstone, a historically Black congregation which he still attends.

Protesting for Palestinians is necessary, but stopping the war will take more

By Andre Henry — February 28, 2024
(RNS) — If a movement can’t do more than protest, it’s just begging.

New survey finds pockets of support for Christian nationalism across the country

By Jack Jenkins — February 28, 2024
(RNS) — The survey found support for Christian nationalism concentrated in two religious groups: white evangelical Protestants and Hispanic Protestants.

The Alabama ruling on embryos claimed to be Christian. Christians aren’t so sure.

By Jack Jenkins — February 27, 2024
(RNS) — Theological opinions on IVF, let alone political ones, are difficult to ascertain and are far from universal across denominations.

From the wilderness to new life: A guide to Lent for everyone

By Walter Hesford — February 27, 2024
(FaVS) — Lent, a spring festival, offers a chance to cast off the oppression of winter — or the imperial forces of darkness.

‘Trinity’s Triumph’ film, written by New Jersey priest, humanizes Catholic clergy

By Kathryn Post — February 27, 2024
(RNS) — While reductive narratives depict priests as perfect heroes or evil villains, said writer and producer Stephen Fichter, truth is more complicated.

At trial’s start, prosecutor says Brooklyn preacher lied to get rich, a claim his lawyer disputes

By Larry Neumeister — February 27, 2024
NEW YORK (AP) — In Manhattan federal court, Greenwood called Miller-Whitehead a “con man who told lie after lie to victim after victim, committing crime after crime.”

Calvin University President Wiebe Boer resigns after misconduct complaint

By Bob Smietana — February 26, 2024
(RNS) — 'The report did not include allegations of sexually explicit communication or physical contact, but the alleged conduct is concerning and inappropriate,' the trustees said in their statement.

The Catholic Church needs married priests now

By Thomas Reese — February 26, 2024
(RNS) — At the Last Supper, Jesus said, 'Do this in memory of me.' He did not say, 'Be celibate.'

Anti-immigrant pastors may be drawing attention – but faith leaders, including some evangelicals, are central to the movement to protect migrant rights

By Brad Christerson, Robert Chao Romero, and Alexia Salvatierra — February 26, 2024
(The Conversation) — Religious beliefs can provide motivation, hope and endurance in the long and often discouraging task of mobilizing people for social change.

German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

By Nicole Winfield and Geir Moulson — February 26, 2024
ROME (AP) — A regular meeting of the German Bishops’ Conference this week had been expected to vote on the statutes of a committee that would have prepared for the future council.
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