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Politicizing Biden’s faith is pastoral malpractice

By John Gehring — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.
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Man charged in San Gabriel Mission blaze that destroyed rooftop of historic church

By Alejandra Molina — May 4, 2021
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — John David Corey faces two felony counts of arson of an inhabited structure and one count each of arson during a state of emergency, first-degree residential burglary and possession of flammable material, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says.

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — The bishops’ conference denying Communion to Biden is about as likely as the National Governors Association impeaching the president.

Biden raises refugee ceiling, and faith-based groups brace for rebuilding work

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,’ the president said in his announcement. ‘We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years.’

Through an app, a group of Latin American nuns tracks mental illness across the US

By Alejandra Molina — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts — especially among the Latino immigrant community — were common themes the nuns were encountering in their ministry.

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

Pope Francis decrees cardinals and bishops can be tried by lay judges

By Claire Giangravé — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — By breaking down distinctions in the hierarchy, the new decree represents a strike against clericalism in the church, which Francis has combated since becoming pope.

Virgin of Guadalupe mural, St. John and Mary statues vandalized in California Catholic churches

By Alejandra Molina — April 29, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A number of Catholic churches in California, from the San Fernando Valley to Sacramento County, have reported vandalism throughout the month of April.

Pope Francis’ new decree demands financial transparency from Vatican managers

By Claire Giangravé — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — The new decree would make it more difficult for Vatican personnel to engage in transactions such as the $200 million London real estate deal that caused the downfall of a prominent cardinal.

Vatican’s revamped Center for Child Protection will attack ‘systemic’ abuse in the church

By Claire Giangravé — April 28, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On Sept. 1, the Center for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome will become the Institute of Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care.

US Catholic bishops may press Biden to stop taking Communion

By David Crary — April 28, 2021
(AP) — At issue is a document coming from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine clarifying the church’s stance on an issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops.

God’s plan for animals is a hot topic in theology that we can all understand

By Charles C. Camosy — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — While much of theology is abstract by nature, this subject is as relatable as Happy the Elephant.

Attackers shoot Italian bishop-elect in his home in South Sudan

By Claire Giangravé, Fredrick Nzwili — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — Some have suggested that the attack may have been a warning for the Catholic Church to keep out of the political disputes in South Sudan.
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