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Survey: US-born Latinos now more likely to be ‘nones’ than Catholic

By Alejandra Molina — April 13, 2023
(RNS) — Among the 65% who said they were raised Catholic, 23% said they no longer identified as such.

Pope Benedict ‘closed’ Limbo and no one complained

By Thomas Reese — April 11, 2023
(RNS) — The church can never admit that something it was teaching or doing for centuries was dumb.

Secular organizers say interfaith spaces should include atheists, nonbelievers

By Alejandra Molina — April 10, 2023
(RNS) — It is perplexing, some say, when interfaith leaders refer to the religious freedom movement as 'radically inclusive' while 'one of the biggest sections of society' is left out of the conversation.

Mexican artisans create ‘Judas’ figures for others to burn

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — April 10, 2023
At the annual “Burning of Judas” celebration, people across Mexico gather in public plazas to destroy colorful figures made as symbolic embodiments of evil. Filled with satirical humor, the festivity is not associated with the Holy Week celebrations led by the Catholic Church in this mostly Catholic country.

Pope renews call to pray for peace celebrating Easter Monday

By Associated Press — April 10, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — At the end of the prayer, the pontiff recalled the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to decades of violent conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Francis focuses Easter message on hope, with prayers for an end to global conflicts

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 9, 2023
ROME (RNS) — The proclamation that Christ is 'truly risen' is a reminder that 'our hope is not an illusion, but the truth,' the pope said.

Pope Francis skips Good Friday at Colosseum in chilly Rome

By Associated Press — April 8, 2023
ROME (AP) — It was the first time a pontiff was a no-show at the Colosseum Way of the Cross procession since 2005, when Pope John Paul II's health was in decline.

After biblical protestations, expelled Tennessee lawmakers find support among clergy

By Bob Smietana and Jack Jenkins — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — On Friday, the Poor People's Campaign announced a clergy-led protest to be held in Nashville later this month.

Good Friday and the ‘discipline of staying’

By Adam Bucko — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — To grasp Good Friday is to let go of our self-agency and lay our strengths at the foot of the cross.

Nailed to a cross, Filipino prays for Ukraine war to end

By Jim Gomez — April 7, 2023
SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Eight Filipinos were nailed to crosses to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a gory Good Friday tradition that draws thousands of devotees and tourists to the Philippines despite being rejected by the Catholic church.

Vatican prosecutors to meet with brother of teenage girl who vanished in the 1980s

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — Interest in the case was reignited by an October 2022 Netflix documentary, 'Vatican Girl,' featuring new testimony from a friend of the missing teen claiming she had revealed that a high-ranking Vatican clergyman had made unwanted sexual advances.

Adult egg hunts and kiddie pools full of gifts: Is Easter the new Christmas?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — At a time when fewer people are going to church, events like the Adult Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt hosted by the Itasca Park District and Village of Itasca are taking off.

What the Catholic Church could learn about Good Friday from ‘Parade’

By Jim McDermott — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — How can we complicate our understanding of the Passion narrative of the Gospel of John to defuse its antisemitism?

Fish sandwiches, Lenten discipline and the spirituality of consumerism

By Jacob Lupfer — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — Lent still has the power to modify some of the most scrupulously managed menus in the sector.

Indigenous activists share mixed feelings on Vatican repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 5, 2023
(RNS) — ‘They haven’t even begun to come to terms with the true nature of what we’re actually talking about,’ Steven Newcomb said.
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