Vatican, other faith leaders join in push for end of death penalty in Louisiana

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We think that the clearing of Louisiana’s death row would be a monumental step towards the abolition of the death penalty,’ Vatican agency head said.
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Critics of Pope Francis won’t rain on synod’s parade, says papal envoy to US

By Claire Giangravé — September 29, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While conservative opposition to Francis and the synod often gets the limelight, it represents a small fraction of American clergy, said Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

The fruit of the Spirit is not optional, despite what you might witness online

By Karen Swallow Prior — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — Before social media, I honestly never knew people who claimed to be Christians would treat one another with such cruelty.

The real threat of AI isn’t what you think

By Charles C. Camosy — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — AI has the capacity to undermine our understanding of the human person.

French schools’ ban on abayas and headscarves is supposedly about secularism − but it sends a powerful message about who ‘belongs’ in French culture

By Carol Ferrara — September 29, 2023
(The Conversation) — Catholicism, ‘Frenchness’ and secularism are often conflated in French culture, a scholar writes, while non-Christian traditions are viewed with suspicion.

Will Mormon service missions become a thing of the past?

By Jana Riess — September 28, 2023
(RNS) — We are going backward in forcing service missionaries to serve teaching missions.

New crop of cardinals shows Francis’ push for dialogue, whatever the cost

By Claire Giangravé — September 28, 2023
(RNS) — From the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to relations with China and Russia, Pope Francis has made dialogue a key theme of his pontificate, a principle reflected in his latest crop of new cardinals.

South Sudanese refugees, fleeing a second civil war in Sudan, return home to bleak prospects

By Tonny Onyulo — September 28, 2023
MALAKAL, South Sudan (RNS) — The situation has prompted religious leaders in South Sudan to appeal to the international community to aid returning refugees.

The Vatican’s ‘Synod on Synodality’ is about to begin. Here’s what to know.

By Claire Giangravé — September 27, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) —  The unprecedented gathering of 464 Catholic clergy and laypeople, including women, begins Oct. 4 at the Vatican.

Spokane City Council denounces mayor for appearance with Christian nationalists

By Cassy Benefield — September 27, 2023
SPOKANE, Wash. (FāVS News) — Local religious leaders were troubled by Sean Feucht’s Christian nationalist ties. But it was the mayor’s appearance on stage praying with former lawmaker Matt Shea that took up more space in the city council’s resolution.

AME Bishop Silvester Beaman named chair of White House council on African engagement

By Adelle M. Banks — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Bishop Beaman’s extensive experience and deep roots in Africa will enable him to lead the Council to achieve its full potential,’ the White House said.

Religious liberty is becoming a go-to right for everyone

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — A legal strategy pioneered by the right has been adopted by the left.

The secret synod

By Phyllis Zagano — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — Too many U.S. Catholics don’t know about the global discussion of the church’s future.
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