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Sr. Maria Odete Pereira, center, of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, gives thanks before the distribution of food baskets to residents of the Our Lady of Fatima community just outside of Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Sr. Roselei Bertoldo)

As COVID-19 rages in Brazil, sisters in the Amazon fight hunger and isolation

By Global Sisters Report — March 8, 2021

Distributing food and aiding those afflicted by unemployment, hunger and despair, the religious women working in Brazil’s Amazonas state have been a driving force in coping with the pandemic.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Pope Francis, center, delivers a speech during a meeting with bishops and priests, at the Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Cathedral, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2021. Pope Francis has arrived in Iraq to urge the country's dwindling number of Christians to remain and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

On first day in Iraq, Pope Francis pays tribute to Christian martyrs

By Claire Giangravé — March 5, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Visiting the Assyrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, Francis rallied Iraqis in the face of the challenges of the pandemic and the ravages of war and terrorism over the past two decades.

Adamo Tadolini's statue of St. Paul stands in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Photo by AngMoKio/Creative Commons

How Catholicism became a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

By Claire Giangravé — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — A perfect storm of institutional crises, the polarization of perceived winners and losers and an influx of evangelicals has made Catholicism fertile ground for conspiracy theories.

A public viewing is held for the late Rev. Frederick K.C. “Fred” Price on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at FaithDome in Los Angeles. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

Mourners line up to honor late televangelist Frederick K.C. Price at his FaithDome

By Alejandra Molina — March 5, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The first day of a public viewing honoring the late Rev. Frederick Price, who died in February after a bout with COVID-19, brought a steady stream of people to the megachurch he built.

Pope Francis walks down the steps of an airplane as he arrives at Baghdad international airport, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2021. Pope Francis heads to Iraq to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope arrives in Iraq to rally Christians despite pandemic

By Nicole Winfield, Samya Kullab — March 5, 2021

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s foreign minister said Iraqis were eager to welcome Francis’ ‘message of peace and tolerance’ and described the visit as a historic meeting between the ‘minaret and the bells.’

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