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In fight against ‘tyranny,’ Michigan board declares itself ‘constitutional county’

By Yonat Shimron — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — In drafting the resolution to become a ‘constitutional county,’ commissioners relied on the writings of a Wisconsin pastor who promotes the idea of resistance to civil authorities.

Vatican takes climate activists to court on Laudato Si’ anniversary

By Claire Giangravé — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — The trial takes place on the eighth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical promoting the care of creation and the environment, "Laudato Si'."

Thoughts on my 5-year anniversary of getting hit by a bus

By Karen Swallow Prior — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — First a bus, now a dog attack. If these are signs, they aren’t subtle.

Priest killed in Mexico; 9th slain in country in past 4 years

By Associated Press — May 24, 2023
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The priest had been assigned to the Capacho parish in Huandacareo just one month earlier.

New asylum policies after Title 42 ‘don’t address root cause,’ say faith-based groups

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 23, 2023
(RNS) — New policies that took effect last week are exacerbating the strain on many shelters on the southern side of the United States-Mexico border.

In rare move, Vatican official chastised Texas Bishop Strickland at conference

By Jack Jenkins — May 23, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland did not deny that he was confronted by the papal nuncio at a bishops conference in November 2021.

Pope Francis taps Italian Cardinal Zuppi to lead peace mission in Ukraine

By Claire Giangravé — May 23, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The appointment is the latest effort by Pope Francis and the Vatican to mediate a peace between Russia and Ukraine.

Playing chicken over debt and spending bills

By Thomas Reese — May 23, 2023
(RNS) — Would that Congress could look seriously at government programs to make them better and more efficient rather than grandstanding for the media and their partisan base.

Catholic clergy sexually abused Illinois kids far more often than church acknowledged, state finds

By Michael Tarm and Kathleen Foody — May 23, 2023
CHICAGO (AP) — 'The preliminary stages of this investigation have already demonstrated that the Catholic Church cannot police itself.'

What was it about Tim Keller?

By Joshua Chatraw — May 23, 2023
(RNS) — Before anything else vocationally, Tim was a pastor.

Rev. Alvin Herring, head of Faith in Action, to retire

By Jack Jenkins — May 23, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Maryland pastor leaves behind a sprawling network that boasts active efforts in 200 cities across 25 US states.

Using ‘he/him,’ ‘she/her’ in emails got 2 dorm directors fired at small New York Christian college

By Bobby Caina Calvan — May 23, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — The recent firings prompted more than 700 Houghton alumni to sign a petition in protest.

New Mexican Spanish, a unique American dialect, survives mostly in prayers

By Giovanna Dell'orto — May 23, 2023
HOLMAN, N.M. (AP) — The historic, endangered dialect is as central to these communities as their iconic adobe churches.

A new documentary takes a deep dive into the ancient and modern practice of Sabbath

By Yonat Shimron — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — Martin Doblmeier's latest documentary takes viewers to various religious communities to illustrate their Sabbath practices.

Last Generation climate change activists to stand trial at the Vatican

By Claire Giangravé — May 22, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The activists did not attend the first hearing, claiming Vatican lawyers are too expensive.
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