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As Brexit stirs tensions, Northern Irish clergy reprise peacekeeping roles

By Christine Luby — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — As Northern Ireland marks 100 years since its partition, faith leaders emerge from the shadows of the country’s peace walls to stop the resurgence of sectarian violence.

Health care organizations find success with faith-based allies in vaccine distribution

By Adelle M. Banks — April 23, 2021
(RNS) — Collaboration between religious officials and health care professionals — from both nonprofit and for-profit companies — has aided efforts to increase access to vaccinations.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.

After Vatican said ‘God cannot bless sin,’ some LGBTQ people leave Catholic identity behind

By Alejandra Molina — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — 'It took me this long to recognize that I can let go of anything that hurts me,' said Eder Santillan, 35.

Joe Biden may unify the country. Don’t ask him to unify Catholics.

By Kenneth L. Woodward — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — Faggioli's book pits Pope Francis’ 'global left' and Biden’s 'liberal America' against conservative Catholics.

Biden reverses course on refugee cap after faith groups express outrage

By Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — April 16, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — "As a Christian, I’m reminded I should never have, as the psalmist said, put my ‘trust in princes,’" said Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of church mobilization and advocacy at the evangelical Christian refugee resettlement agency World Relief.

In Los Angeles, a pair of art exhibitions centers the Black worship experience

By Alejandra Molina — April 15, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through sculptures, paintings, video and performances, the artists explore the impact of Black Pentecostalism drawing 'upon the choreography and sonics of possession found in Black spirituality.'

Pope Francis criticizes ‘paternalism’ of populist politicians

By Claire Giangravé — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The video message was delivered to participants at an international online conference, 'A Politics Rooted in the People,' and included Catholic groups in the United States, European Union and United Kingdom.

‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood says he’s gay and calls faith ‘no longer conditional’

By Alejandra Molina — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — In an interview on ‘Good Morning America,’ Underwood said revealing his truth has made him ‘closer to God.’

When she doesn’t want a baby

By Jana Riess — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — It’s often assumed that of course women want to be mothers — that this desire is natural, God-given and universal. It's not, Donna Freitas asserts in the new novel 'The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano.'

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.

Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states

By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — 'As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,' said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border

By Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — As the number of arrivals increases, Catholic groups are often relying on an array of faith-based ecumenical partners to handle the influx of people hoping to cross the border.

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

By Steven K. Green — April 13, 2021
(The Conversation) — Prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and bias concerns, the conservative majority has skewed the concept.

Italian prosecutors request arrest warrant for Italian financier named in Vatican scandals

By Claire Giangravé — April 12, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Torzi’s legal team claimed to be 'perplexed' with Italian prosecutors' request for an arrest warrant, given that the Vatican's similar allegations were 'demolished' by a British judge only last month.
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