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Candidates to lead the Catholic bishops — and what their election would mean

By Jack Jenkins — November 14, 2022
(RNS) — At the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall meeting, the prelates will elect a new president to replace Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez, who has served since 2019.

Canadian artist hopes to be ‘visual ambassador’ of Pope Francis’ message to poor

By Claire Giangravé — November 14, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The creator of 'Homeless Jesus,' Catholic artist Timothy Schmalz is on his way to becoming the most prolific sculptor under Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade

By Yonat Shimron — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — A decennial study of US religious life shows that the number of participants in congregational services has not kept up with the overall population growth. But religious groups drawing large numbers of immigrants have seen steady growth.

Bishops need to acknowledge collateral damage from Dobbs win

By Thomas Reese — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — To the extent that the bishops helped the Republicans gain power, they must accept responsibility for what the Republicans did with that power.

What is the rosary? Why a set of beads and prayers are central to Catholic faith

By Kayla Harris — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — Rosaries are meant to be used wherever, whenever – and each one tells a story.

Ex-Vatican auditor, threatening to reveal all, sues church, alleging damage to his reputation

By Claire Giangravé — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — Former financial auditor Libero Milone seeks his day in court after claiming he was forced to resign by a ‘small mafia’ at the Vatican.

Abortion rights scored the biggest midterm victory

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — Not only did voters support abortion rights ballot measures, they probably also helped Democrats stave off a red wave.

Californians overwhelmingly support abortion rights over Catholic bishops’ objections

By Alejandra Molina — November 9, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — California will codify the right to abortion in the state’s constitution after voters on Tuesday (Nov. 8) overwhelmingly approved a measure that Catholic bishops and other Christian leaders rallied against.

Abortion was no dud for Democrats

By Mark Silk — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — In the midterm election, it was what held back the red wave.

If American history read like the Bible

By Thomas Reese — November 8, 2022
(RNS) — If the Bible exposes the flaws of our spiritual forefathers, why should American history cover up the failings of our founders?

In ‘God made a fighter’ ad, DeSantis paves way to replace Trump as anointed one

By Jack Jenkins — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — DeSantis may be positioning himself as the heir to Trump's Christian nationalist base.

French cardinal admits to abusing 14-year-old girl

By Claire Giangravé — November 7, 2022
RNS — Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard is a member of the Vatican department that investigates abuse cases in the church.

Why abortion was a dud for Democrats

By Jacob Lupfer — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — In politics, the faith card is always a wild card.

Pope calls female genital mutilation a crime that must stop

By Nicole Winfield — November 7, 2022
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Asked about unrest in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by morality police, Francis instead denounced women's status as second-class citizens or worse in many cultures.

In Bahrain, Pope Francis to bring message of fraternity to all Islam

By Claire Giangravé — November 2, 2022
(RNS) — The historic trip is aimed at promoting dialogue between Catholics and Muslims in the interest of peace.
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