Catholicism

For many who lost loved ones to COVID-19, this Day of the Dead will be a time of healing

By Alejandra Molina — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — As COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted U.S. Latinos, many will be celebrating the virus’ victims on Day of the Dead altars.

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In 2020, ‘nonexistent’ Catholic vote will be crucial — again

By Thomas Reese — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — It’s not who Catholics are or what they believe, but where they are and their enthusiasm for voting.

3 dead in attack at French church; country on high alert

By Lori Hinnant — October 29, 2020

PARIS (AP) — It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists.

55 years ago, a cardinal’s ‘special reverence’ for the Jews redeemed ‘Nostra Aetate’

By A. James Rudin — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — The proclamation sparked a systematic effort by the Catholic Church to transform its past bitter relationships with Jews and Judaism.

Taco trucks and voter guides boost political profiles of faith communities at the margins

By Alejandra Molina — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Civic engagement, said one activist, humanizes minority faith groups in the eyes of the rest of the electorate.

Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask

By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.

Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?

By Charles C. Camosy — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.

Barrett’s faith views go beyond even many pro-life Americans’ beliefs

By Kathy Rudy — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — Barrett’s Catholicism strictly follows the Magisterium’s teachings that are at odds with most Americans’ pragmatic philosophical leanings.

With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020

(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.

Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory

By Frances D'Emilio — October 25, 2020

(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.

Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions

By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Pope Francis’ comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.

Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice — and nothing new

By Steven P. Millies — October 22, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — The pontiff hasn’t changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.

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