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US Catholic bishops’ report to the Vatican shows a church split by politics

By Claire Giangravé — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — The results of discussions ordered by Pope Francis' Synod on Synodality.
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Why China feels threatened by the moral authority of a 90-year-old Catholic bishop

By Scott D. McDonald — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of philosophy and foreign policy explains why Cardinal Zen poses a threat to the Chinese Communist Party as a competing source of political authority.

Why Pope Francis chose to highlight religious freedom during his visit to Kazakhstan

By J. Eugene Clay — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — Christianity is the second-largest religion in Kazakhstan, with 26% of the population practicing the faith. But many Christians, especially in the smaller denominations, have experienced persecution.

White House: GOP abortion ban would mean a nationwide crisis

By Colleen Long — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — Vice President Kamala Harris urged Democratic attorneys general at a meeting in Milwaukee to keep fighting for abortion rights in the states.

Still recovering from Maria, Puerto Rico’s Catholics assess Fiona’s blow to church buildings

By Kathryn Post — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — Just as Catholics made progress on repairing a few dozen of the 1,000 Catholic buildings damaged by Maria, Hurricane Fiona swept in.

Inspired by Pope Francis, graffiti artist brings pop message to young people in Assisi

By Claire Giangravé — September 21, 2022
(RNS) — Graffiti artist Mauro Pallotta channels Pope Francis’ ‘irresistibly pop’ energy to challenge society and the economy in his latest art show.

Is Pope Francis’ diplomacy of dialogue failing?

By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — In Kazakhstan, Pope Francis could not dialogue with Russia or China, but Vatican experts say the real work happens behind closed doors.

Belgian bishops propose prayer for gay couples, not marriage

By Samuel Petrequin and Nicole Winfield — September 20, 2022
ROME (AP) — Belgian bishops said their proposal is part of their church’s effort to be more responsive to its gay members and to “create a climate of respect, recognition and integration,” citing Pope Francis’ call for the church to be more welcoming to gays.

California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops

By Alejandra Molina — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — California is now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.'

Southern governors sending migrants north face a crisis of faith

By Jonathan Merritt — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — It’s getting harder for a politician to adhere to Christian morals and get elected president.

Biden includes faith leaders in summit’s charge to ‘rise together against hate’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — In the audience were survivors and family members of those lost to violence at houses of worship and other scenes of hate crimes.

Synod on Synodality organizers: ‘Trust the process’

By Claire Giangravé — September 14, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis’ massive consultation of Catholics from all over the world in an effort to reform church structures has drawn both criticism and praise.

What are pigs for?

By Charles C. Camosy — September 14, 2022
(RNS) — The answer can be found in the Bible.
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