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J.D. Vance channels hate in Ohio Senate primary

By Jacob Lupfer — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Seeking the Republican nomination, the empathetic author of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ has changed — for the worse. But he won’t become awful enough to win.
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Pope Francis wants to disrupt church hierarchies, but for women it may not be enough

By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis’ vision of synodality hopes to change how decisions are made in the Catholic Church, but women wonder if they will have a say.

Vatican City enforces mandates for vaccines, COVID-19 test

By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — To enter Vatican City, people will have to present a Green Pass, the certification used in Italy to avoid the spread of the pandemic, or any international equivalent.

A pope, two rabbis and a new concern about supersessionism

By Eric Greenberg, Eugene Fisher — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Both traditions are still learning how to speak to one another about their self-understandings.

Catholic orphanage’s ex-residents ask church to fund therapy

By Wilson Ring — September 17, 2021
Former residents continue to recover from what they described as abuse at the hands of the nuns and priests.

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.

By Bob Smietana — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — From the start, religion has divided how Americans respond to COVID.

Rebooting Hildegard of Bingen

By Susan Garthwaite — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Look past pop culture images to the spiritually wise Hildegard, help for our times.

Survey: Who Americans blame for insurrection depends on their faith

By Jack Jenkins — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — White evangelicals are far more likely than most other religious groups to falsely blame left-wing activists for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Balbir Singh Sodhi, early victim of 9/11 hate, honored on 20th anniversary of his death

By Alejandra Molina — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Balbir Uncle’s story could have ended here,’ said activist Valarie Kaur, ‘but this was not the end of his story. His death was a beginning because of how he lived.’

Pope Francis addresses the Communion ban: ‘I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!’

By Claire Giangravé — September 15, 2021
(RNS) — Pope Francis said bishops must avoid aligning themselves ‘with political life’ and be shepherds instead.

Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban.

Pope calls on world to welcome refugees and immigrants

By Thomas Reese — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — During his visit to Hungary and Slovakia, Pope Francis was at his prophetic best, standing up for refugees who have been bloodied by war, starved by famine and displaced by persecution.

In Slovakia, Pope Francis urges courage in young generations

By Claire Giangravé — September 14, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In impassioned speeches in Slovakia, Pope Francis urged young people to not give into pessimism and instead strive to achieve their dreams.
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