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“Otherwise/Revival,”  an exhibit through Bridge Projects, is a group exhibition exploring the Black church’s influence on contemporary artists. The exhibition includes everything from paintings to sculptures to performances that celebrate elements like community and praise. Image courtesy of Robert Wedemeyer

In Los Angeles, a pair of art exhibitions centers the Black worship experience

By Alejandra Molina — April 15, 2021

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.’

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From Pamela Dorman Books at Viking, April 2021.

When she doesn’t want a baby

By Jana Riess — April 14, 2021

(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.’

Pope Francis addressed an online symposium on sexual abuse. Photo by Vatican Media

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021

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.

A sticker from a Planned Parenthood rally in New York City. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states

By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021

(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.

In this March 19, 2021, file photo, migrants are seen in custody at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge, in Mission, Texas. U.S. authorities say they picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border in March. It's the largest monthly number ever recorded and a major test for President Joe Biden as he reverses many of his predecessor's hard-line immigration tactics. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border

By Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina — April 13, 2021

(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.

Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have bolstered the conservative wing of the Supreme Court. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

By Steven K. Green — April 13, 2021

(The Conversation) — Prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and bias concerns, the conservative majority has skewed the concept.

A view of St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, and Rome from the top of Michelangelo’s dome in St. Peter’s Basilica. Photo by David Iliff/Creative Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Italian prosecutors request arrest warrant for Italian financier named in Vatican scandals

By Claire Giangravé — April 12, 2021

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.

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7. From left to right: Elizabeth McAlister, Stephen Kelly, Carmen Trotta, Mark Colville, Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady and Patrick O’Neill. Photo courtesy of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in

By Yonat Shimron — April 9, 2021

(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.

New Italian Premier Mario Draghi presides over his first cabinet of ministers reunion after the swearing-in ceremony, at Chigi Palace Premier's office, in Rome, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis and Mario Draghi could become a powerful duo in shaping Europe’s future

By Claire Giangravé — April 8, 2021

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.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House, Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Canceled flights, expired clearances: US refugee resettlement in limbo awaiting promised changes

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 8, 2021

(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.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, led by Cardinal Peter Turkson, has launched a new initiative to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions at its facilities. Image by Jeff Jacobs from Pixabay

Vatican water and hygiene initiative for health care facilities is an investment in life

By Mary Louise Stubbs — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — The lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities worldwide kills infants, women and front-line workers.

In this Oct. 6, 2004, file photo, Hans Küng attends the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Küng, the Roman Catholic theologian who was an early colleague and friend of the future Pope Benedict XVI but later fell afoul of the Vatican for challenging church doctrine and became a vocal critic of the pontiff, has died. He was 93. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Hans Küng, the theologian who wanted to stand tall

By Tom Heneghan — April 7, 2021

(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.

A movie theater opened its doors for the broadcasting of Easter services, receiving blowback from the community, frustrated that the theater is otherwise closed due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Church of St. John the Baptist in Modena, Italy

Church faces backlash for showing Mass at a cinema, as Italy faces severe lockdown

By Claire Giangravé — April 7, 2021

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.

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