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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93

By Geir Moulson — April 6, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — Kueng was an influential voice for liberal Catholics and a prolific author, challenging Catholic doctrines on papal authority, birth control, divorce and other issues.

Harry Connick Jr., bunkered for the pandemic, emerges with ‘Alone With My Faith’

By Maina Mwaura — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — While it’s reverent, the album is anything but churchy.

LA Archdiocese to close 6 schools due to hardships heightened by pandemic

By Alejandra Molina — April 5, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'These six schools had been trying to overcome financial challenges long before the pandemic,' said schools superintendent Paul Escala.

5 faith facts as Baylor and Gonzaga square off for NCAA hoops crown

By Bob Smietana — April 5, 2021
(RNS) — Monday's NCAA men's basketball title game features the first interfaith showdown and only the second matchup between faith-based schools.

In Easter address, Pope Francis calls for peace for pandemic-tested world

By Claire Giangravé — April 4, 2021
(RNS) — 'The risen Christ is hope for all who continue to suffer from the pandemic, both the sick and those who have lost a loved one,' Francis said.

In Easter vigil homily, Pope Francis invites Catholics to set out ‘on new paths’

By Claire Giangravé — April 3, 2021
(RNS) — The pope reprised one of his favorite themes, urging the church to follow Christ to the peripheries.

During Way of the Cross, Pope Francis put children at the center

By Claire Giangravé — April 2, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Via Crucis underlined once more the profound transformation the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Catholic Church and the world.

Faith-based agencies invite volunteers, donations as they care for children at border

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — Some struggle to cobble together resources decimated under the policies of former President Donald Trump’s administration.

Pope celebrates surprise Holy Thursday with ousted cardinal

By Nicole Winfield — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — "Such a gesture of paternity doesn't seem strange on a day like today, Holy Thursday," said a Vatican official, without confirming the story.

President Biden: ‘Let us recommit ourselves to the lessons of Easter’

By Joe Biden — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — We know that the crisis is not yet over, but as Easter heralds the return of spring, we see signs of hope all around us.

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has 'redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,' said one pastor in North Carolina.
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