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Pagan ‘metaphysical’ shops navigate threats from Christian critics

By Heather Greene — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — Selling herbs, crystals and spiritual guides, metaphysical shops are often perceived, especially by conservative Christians, as exotic, devoted to the so-called dark arts and, often, a threat. It's frequently those Christians who threaten them.
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Vatican prelate says individual bishops have final say on Communion

By Claire Giangravé — May 6, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘It’s not up to bishops in general to make these decisions. It’s the bishop of the person,’ said Cardinal Michael Czerny. But at least one canon lawyer argues that when it comes to Communion for heads of state, it should really be up to the pope himself.

A church coffee hour staple: Quiwie’s cardamom coffeecake

By Bob Smietana — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — A dense, tasty treat to go along with the return of coffee hour.

Half of US Mormons are COVID-19 ‘vaccine hesitant’ or ‘vaccine refusers,’ study shows

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — The study finds Mormons believe in vaccinations in general, and they trust their church leaders to do the right thing. Yet church leaders have been urging members to get the COVID-19 shot, and half don't want to.

Vatican denounces UK laws regulating immigration, calls for ‘a wider we’

By Claire Giangravé — May 6, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — During a news conference announcing the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, speakers criticized recent moves made by United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson to regulate the influx of immigrants in the country.

Josh Duggar released with strict conditions as he awaits trial on possession of child sexual abuse materials

By Roxanne Stone — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — During the virtual hearing, a federal agent said the images downloaded on Duggar’s computer were among ‘the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’

LifeSiteNews removed from Facebook for violating COVID-19 misinformation policies

By Jack Jenkins — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — The ultraconservative website, which often features faith content, was removed for ‘repeatedly violating our COVID-19 policies,’ a Facebook spokesperson told RNS.

Politicizing Biden’s faith is pastoral malpractice

By John Gehring — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.

National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is time for us to stand up and own this racism,’ said a leader of Religions for Peace USA, ahead of its second prayer day event.

Pope Francis invites faithful to monthlong rosary marathon for end of pandemic

By Claire Giangravé — May 5, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Thirty sanctuaries located all over the world and dedicated to the Virgin Mary will take part in reciting the rosary in unison throughout the Marian month of May, each one in turn leading the prayer.

Catholic bishops who want to deny Biden Communion may have to reckon with the pope

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé — May 5, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — When polled in November 2020, most Catholics opposed denying Communion to politicians simply because they support abortion rights.

Man charged in San Gabriel Mission blaze that destroyed rooftop of historic church

By Alejandra Molina — May 4, 2021
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — John David Corey faces two felony counts of arson of an inhabited structure and one count each of arson during a state of emergency, first-degree residential burglary and possession of flammable material, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says.

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — The bishops’ conference denying Communion to Biden is about as likely as the National Governors Association impeaching the president.
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