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Lionized for his Jan. 6 antics, Jake Angeli finds his spiritual beliefs a harder sell

By Jack Jenkins — June 2, 2023
(RNS) — The 'QAnon shaman' remains invested in his spiritual beliefs but so far has had no takers for his post-incarceration religious and political consultancy business.
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Faith, science and the abortion debate

By Charles C. Camosy — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Do abortion rights advocates follow the facts, wherever they lead?

Back and forth continues over ‘queer and trans nuns’ inclusion in Dodgers Pride Night

By Alejandra Molina — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — At least one Roman Catholic nun has publicly spoken in support of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ‘for their financial assistance to those in need.’

Can Pope Francis bring peace to Ukraine?

By Thomas Reese — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — The pope’s refusal to cheer either side in this war gives him credibility as mediator.

Vatican questions how priest moved $17 million meant for missionary work into investment fund

By Nicole Winfield — May 31, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has asked aides to get to the bottom of how at least $17 million was transferred from the Vatican’s U.S.-based missionary fundraising coffers into an impact investing vehicle run by a priest.

Another deceased Jesuit priest accused of sex abuse in Bolivia as pedophilia scandal grows

By Associated Press — May 30, 2023
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Jorge Vila Despujol, who died in Barcelona in 2012, was formally accused before prosecutors Thursday by a person who alleges they were indecently touched when they were 13, the Jesuit Society in Bolivia said in a statement.

DeSantis’ spiritual-warrior style a bid for support from like-minded pastors

By Jack Jenkins — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — With growing uncertainty surrounding evangelical support for former President Donald Trump, DeSantis is courting one of the Republican Party’s most sought-after constituencies.

Catholic Church in California grapples with more than 3,000 lawsuits, alleging child sex abuse

By Alejandra Molina — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — Advocates have been left stunned by the number of cases that surfaced during this revival window.

Charges reduced for ‘Indigenous Peoples 5’ in toppling of Junipero Serra statue

By Alejandra Molina — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — Since the toppling of the statue at Mission San Rafael Arcángel in San Rafael, more than 80,000 have signed a petition urging District Attorney Lori Frugoli to drop the charges against the protesters.

Bolivia’s Catholic Church acknowledges being ‘deaf’ to sex abuse victims

By Associated Press — May 26, 2023
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The statement comes amid the fallout from the case involving a late Spanish Jesuit priest, Alfonso Pedrajas.

Vatican centralizes investigations on claims of Virgin Mary apparitions – but local Catholics have always had a say

By Deirdre de la Cruz — May 26, 2023
(The Conversation) — The Vatican plans to set up an ‘observatory’ to investigate apparitions of the Virgin Mary. A scholar of global Christianity explains why this is a major shift in how apparitions are authenticated.

Illinois Catholic clergy abuse report could draw lawsuits, reforms but new charges unlikely

By Kathleen Foody and Michael Tarm — May 26, 2023
CHICAGO (AP) — “[M]any survivors of child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic clerics will never see justice in a legal sense,” the report says.

Pope blasts ‘consumerist greed’ on World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

By Claire Giangravé — May 25, 2023
(RNS) — Pope Francis urged world leaders ‘listen to science’ and ‘end the era of fossil fuel.’
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