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Pope Francis pushes to purge liturgy of ideology in new document

By Claire Giangravé — June 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The liturgy, the pope wrote, should not be in service to ‘an ideological vision.’
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FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

By Jim Mustian — June 29, 2022
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The probe could deepen the legal peril for the archdiocese as it reels from a bankruptcy brought on by a flood of sex abuse lawsuits and allegations that church leaders turned a blind eye to generations of predator priests.

In defiance of US bishops, Nancy Pelosi receives Communion at the Vatican

By Claire Giangravé — June 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the Vatican on Wednesday and received a blessing by Pope Francis.

Vatican runner to compete in half marathon at Med Games

By Associated Press — June 28, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Sara Carnicelli, a 27-year-old runner, will be accompanied at the competition by Monsignor Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, the head of the Vatican’s sports department in the culture ministry.

What has the demise of Roe v. Wade cost the Catholic Church?

By Thomas Reese — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Will Democrats stung by their defeat on abortion now partner with the bishops on a wider pro-life agenda?

This Pride Month, Catholic Church shows clear, if subtle, shifts toward LGBTQ welcome

By Claire Giangravé — June 27, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — From welcoming trans women at the Vatican to promoting LGBTQ outreach around the world, some advocates say Pope Francis has created a space for inclusion without fear.

LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

By Luis Andres Henao — June 27, 2022
(AP) — 'I want to show that these identities aren’t a contradiction and for younger people to know that there’s hope,' said Hodak, who in addition to Beloved Arise belongs to another group, Jewish Queer Youth.

Pro-lifer 3.0 to abortion-rights supporters: Let’s talk

By Charles C. Camosy — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Let’s put on our big-boy and big-girl boots and have an exchange that matters.

The Martinican bèlè dance – a celebration of land, spirit and liberation

By Camee Maddox-Wingfield — June 27, 2022
(The Conversation) — After years of marginalization, the bèlè dance has been embraced by a growing community who see it as a form of social and spiritual healing.

As Roe falls, religious abortion-rights advocates prepare for next steps

By Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — 'We vow to keep fighting,' said Jody Rabhan, chief policy officer for the National Council of Jewish Women. 'This is not the end. There are things that we can do.'

The abortion question may be decided politically. The real test is a moral one.

By Phyllis Zagano — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — Politics is not the point. The point is to make abortion unnecessary.

Evangelist Nick Hall: Christians have become ‘loud about everything but Jesus’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — Hall remains dedicated to big-event evangelism and is leading Together '22 in Dallas this weekend, hoping to draw tens of thousands in person.

For the religious right, a victory 50 years in the making

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — A mighty coalition comprising mostly conservative Catholics, evangelical Christians and Mormons grounded its theological aims in the language of human rights and played its politics unrelentingly.
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