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Plaintiffs propose replacing Bible with Book of Faith

By Associated Press — July 28, 2021
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Government lawyers argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because the lead plaintiff acknowledged he wasn’t offended by the display.

Alleged victims say ACNA church leaders failed to acknowledge their abuse allegations

By Kathryn Post — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — Ten people in all have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a volunteer leader in the Anglican Church in North America.

Police officer says Jan. 6 insurrectionists ‘perceived themselves to be Christians’

By Jack Jenkins — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I saw the Christian flag directly to my front,’ recounted police officer Daniel Hodges. ‘Another read ‘Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.’’

‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin

By Yonat Shimron — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead clergy and laypeople on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin, Texas, to protest the rollback of voting rights and demand federal action.

Vatican real estate deal trial gets underway with defense on the attack

By Claire Giangravé — July 27, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On the opening day of the trial of 10 defendants accused of a wide range of financial crimes in regard to a London real estate deal, the defense attempted to portray the prosecution as antiquated and authoritarian.

‘The last time we had a communication shift this drastic was the printing press’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'In 2020, in a global pandemic, seemed like a great time to start a church with no budget and no building,' said Baker with a laugh.

Lonely no more: Questioning Christians find belonging on TikTok

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Deconstructing the faith of one's childhood can be a lonely undertaking. For many of these church exiles, TikTok has filled the gap.

Karadima, priest defrocked for sexual abuses, dies in Chile

By Associated Press — July 27, 2021
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who was at the center of a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, has died at 90.

Bob Moses, civil rights leader, led us to imagine the end of racism

By A. James Rudin — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — The great educator and civil rights leader reminds us that there may be no more noble cause than democracy.

Rolling Stone’s publisher planned to convert a Black church into his home, but residents fought back to preserve it

By Alejandra Molina — July 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'We just could not allow it to fall into the hands of someone who didn’t have the religious respect of the community,' said Naomi Nightingale.

Billy Graham’s grandson Jonathan Lotz, son of Anne Graham Lotz, in hospital with COVID-19

By Adelle M. Banks — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Pray he will not have to go on a ventilator,’ his mother asked on social media, ‘and that his health will be fully restored.’

Historic Vatican trial may change Catholic Church’s finances forever

By Claire Giangravé — July 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A historic trial of 10 companies and individuals, including a cardinal, on charges including corruption and fraud may reconfigure everything about how the Vatican runs its finances.

Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

By David Crary — July 26, 2021
(AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau reported in March the rate of homeschooling rose to 11% by September 2020, from 5.4% just six months earlier.

Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church

By Mark Thiessen — July 26, 2021
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation.
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