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Jews, Muslims, Sikhs get coronation role as king reaches out

By Danica Kirka — May 2, 2023
(AP) — Charles, the supreme governor of the Church of England, faces a very different country than the one that adoringly celebrated his mother’s coronation in 1953.

Pope speaks of secret peace ‘mission,’ help for Ukraine kids

By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — 'There’s a mission that’s not public that’s underway; when it’s public I’ll talk about it', the pope said.

Pope voices willingness to return Indigenous loot, artifacts

By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — “The Seventh Commandment comes to mind: If you steal something you have to give it back,” Francis said during an airborne press conference en route home from Hungary.

Dust to dust? New Mexicans fight to save old adobe churches

By Associated Press — May 1, 2023
CORDOVA, New Mexico (AP) — Besides their history, these churches anchor a uniquely New Mexican way of life for their communities, many of which no longer have schools or stores, and struggle with chronic poverty and addiction.

The resurrection changes everything

By Thomas Reese — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — What Jesus' resurrection did to the disciples shows us what impact it should have on us.

Raw materials, or sacred beings? Lithium extraction puts two worldviews into tension

By Mario Orospe Hernández — May 1, 2023
(The Conversation) — Lithium extraction in Bolivia poses more than environmental questions: It illustrates how notions about ‘raw materials’ can be at odds with Indigenous relations with the land.

What’s going on when the Virgin Mary appears and statues weep? The answers aren’t just about science or the supernatural

By Mathew Schmalz — May 1, 2023
(The Conversation) — Investigating supernatural claims is a delicate task for the church, and Catholic leaders rarely label them as authentic.

Iran, 27 other countries critiqued by watchdog for religious freedom violations

By Adelle M. Banks — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom decried Iran’s use of violence against protesters in the wake of Mahsa Amini’s death.

In Hungary trip, Pope Francis to confront refugee crisis, Ukraine war

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 27, 2023
ROME (RNS) — Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s and Francis’ messages, particularly on immigration, have often been at odds.

Lent’s over, but Catholics still need to pay attention to the meat they eat

By Charles C. Camosy — April 26, 2023
(RNS) — A Catholic view of integral ecology, cheap meat and child labor.

Pope Francis clears way for women and lay Catholics to vote in upcoming bishops’ meeting

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 26, 2023
ROME (RNS) — The addition of lay men and women as voting members is ‘not a revolution, but rather an important change,’ said a cardinal overseeing the synod.

Philadelphia Archdiocese accused of transferring known abuser to Catholic college

By Kathryn Post — April 21, 2023
(RNS) — 'I don't think that you can even begin to have any semblance of justice unless there is responsibility taken,' the plaintiff said.

Hong Kong bishop hopes for closer ties with Beijing diocese

By Associated Press — April 20, 2023
BEIJING (AP) — Chow's five-day trip to Beijing is the first visit by Hong Kong’s bishop in nearly three decades and came two weeks after Vatican News, the news portal of the Holy See, reported that China had unilaterally appointed a new bishop to Shanghai.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged in Wisconsin with sex abuse

By Harm Venhuizen — April 18, 2023
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A criminal complaint filed Friday alleges that McCarrick, who defrocked in 2019 after a Vatican investigation found he had sexually molested adults and children, fondled a man in 1977 while staying at a cabin on Geneva Lake in southeastern Wisconsin.

Plans for religious charter school, though rejected for now, are already pushing church-state debates into new territory

By Charles J. Russo — April 18, 2023
(The Conversation) — Using public funds to support students at private religious schools is one thing, but establishing faith-based institutions within public districts is another.
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