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Both sides planning for new state-by-state abortion fight

By Ashraf Khalil — December 6, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides seem to be operating on the assumption that a court reshaped by former President Donald Trump will either overturn or seriously weaken Roe.
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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reveals he is not vaccinated against COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — In a Dec. 1 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle’s 'It's All Political' podcast, Cordileone said he learned from his primary health physician that he has 'a good immune system.'

Pope Francis is asking the US bishops to listen to the people. Will they?

By Phyllis Zagano — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Only half of the US bishops appear interested in what the people of God think.

After last year’s COVID closures, pilgrimages resume to honor Virgin of Guadalupe

By Alejandra Molina — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — This year, with more people vaccinated against COVID-19, Catholics across the country are once again gathering for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who has been a source of hope for many Latinos throughout the pandemic.

Pope Francis to take migrants and refugees in Cyprus to the Vatican

By Claire Giangravé — December 3, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Vatican announced 12 refugees and migrants in Cyprus and Greece will fly back to Rome with Pope Francis.

Patriarch of Jerusalem’s edict puts unity on Holy Land’s Christmas in doubt

By Daoud Kuttab — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on Dec. 25, and Easter according to the older Julian calendar.

Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship resigns

By Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson — December 2, 2021
Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke.”

As Supreme Court debates abortion, dueling theologies protest outside

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time — it’s still debated in religions,’ said Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the court heard oral arguments.

Before there was Roe: Religious debate before high court’s historic ruling on abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Reports reveal blunt statements opposing the procedure, broadening definitions of what could be legalized and religious politicians’ reactions to state legislatures’ debates over the controversial procedure.

Pope heads to Cyprus and Greece, raising hopes he will change conversation on refugees

By Claire Giangravé — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Five years ago, Pope Francis took 12 refugees with him from a camp in Greece. Migrants and asylum-seekers in Greece and Cyprus hope he will do so again.

In Biden’s visit with the pope, a page from Reagan’s playbook?

By Steven P. Millies — November 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — Joe Biden may be only the country’s second Catholic president, but a long line of U.S. leaders have met with popes over the years.

In a podcast, two Jesuit priests document their ministry along the southern border

By Alejandra Molina — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Jesuit Border Podcast' documents the stories of migrants, advocates and organizations the Revs. Brian Strassburger and Louie Hotop encounter along both sides of the US-Mexico border.

New book shines light on abuse and racist discrimination of Catholic nuns

By Claire Giangravé — November 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — 'The Veil of Silence,' a new book by Vatican reporter Salvatore Cernuzio, details the racism, abuse and discrimination faced by nuns in female Catholic congregations.
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