As COVID-19 rages in Brazil, sisters in the Amazon fight hunger and isolation
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.
Pope Francis dismisses ‘heresy’ charges for his commitment to Christian-Muslim dialogue
High court revives ex-student’s suit on religious literature
The Central African Republic’s faith leaders are the country’s best hope for peace
(RNS) — ‘Our neutrality remains a very important factor,’ said Imam Abdoulaye Ouasselegue.
‘You are not alone!’ Pope makes final appeal to Iraqi Christian community
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.
At ancient city of Ur, Pope Francis makes heartfelt appeal for fraternity of faiths
(RNS) — Earlier on Saturday, Pope Francis had a historic meeting with the Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the Iraqi Shiite leader.
The religion of Trump’s Lost Cause
(RNS) — Its roots are in the Civil War.
Black Protestants aren’t least likely to get a vaccine; white evangelicals are
(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.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine creates a week of confusion for Catholics
(RNS) — An attempt to clear up confusion about the moral acceptability of the vaccine only created further uncertainty.
Dave Ramsey’s new crusade: Ending COVID-19 mask orders
(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.
Women of different faiths find ‘seat at the table’ co-hosting ‘Sister Act’ podcast
(RNS) — ‘Being female faith leaders, we are not always given the stage,’ said the podcast’s founder.
On first day in Iraq, Pope Francis pays tribute to Christian martyrs
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.
How Catholicism became a breeding ground for conspiracy theories
(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.
Mourners line up to honor late televangelist Frederick K.C. Price at his FaithDome
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 arrives in Iraq to rally Christians despite pandemic
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.’