In Los Angeles, a pair of art exhibitions centers the Black worship experience
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through sculptures, paintings, video and performances, the artists explore the impact of Black Pentecostalism drawing ‘upon the choreography and sonics of possession found in Black spirituality.’
Pope Francis criticizes ‘paternalism’ of populist politicians
‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood says he’s gay and calls faith ‘no longer conditional’
When she doesn’t want a baby
(RNS) — It’s often assumed that of course women want to be mothers — that this desire is natural, God-given and universal. It’s not, Donna Freitas asserts in the new novel ‘The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano.’
At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.
Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states
(RNS) — ‘As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,’ said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border
(RNS) — As the number of arrivals increases, Catholic groups are often relying on an array of faith-based ecumenical partners to handle the influx of people hoping to cross the border.
How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak
(The Conversation) — Prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and bias concerns, the conservative majority has skewed the concept.
Italian prosecutors request arrest warrant for Italian financier named in Vatican scandals
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Torzi’s legal team claimed to be ‘perplexed’ with Italian prosecutors’ request for an arrest warrant, given that the Vatican’s similar allegations were ‘demolished’ by a British judge only last month.
Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in
(RNS) — Mark Colville was part of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who broke into a naval base on April 4, 2018. DePaul University in Chicago announced last month it would recognize the group with a Christian nonviolence award.
Pope Francis and Mario Draghi could become a powerful duo in shaping Europe’s future
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The two have a long history and have partnered together in the past. But as Draghi assumes his new role over the Italian government, the relationship faces obstacles. Mainly: Vatican financial scandals and its relationship with China.
Canceled flights, expired clearances: US refugee resettlement in limbo awaiting promised changes
(RNS) — In March alone, more than 700 refugees who were scheduled to arrive in the United States had their flights canceled, according to Refugee Council USA.
Vatican water and hygiene initiative for health care facilities is an investment in life
(RNS) — The lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities worldwide kills infants, women and front-line workers.
Hans Küng, the theologian who wanted to stand tall
(RNS) — Küng paid dearly for his independence, being stripped of his right to teach Catholic theology by St. John Paul II and repeatedly frustrated in his efforts to reform the tradition-bound Vatican.
Church faces backlash for showing Mass at a cinema, as Italy faces severe lockdown
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The case highlights growing tensions between Italians and the Catholic Church, which critics say has been granted more leeway while the weary peninsula faces another severe lockdown more than a year into the pandemic.