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Inspired by Pope Francis, graffiti artist brings pop message to young people in Assisi

By Claire Giangravé — September 21, 2022
(RNS) — Graffiti artist Mauro Pallotta channels Pope Francis’ ‘irresistibly pop’ energy to challenge society and the economy in his latest art show.

King Charles is interpreting ‘Defender of the Faith’ for a new Britain

By Catherine Pepinster — September 21, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — Next: how to make the country’s rapidly expanding numbers of nonbelievers feel included

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

By Peter Smith — September 21, 2022
(AP) — The committee on Tuesday approved a statement that College Park Baptist Church was not in 'friendly cooperation' due to its 'open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior.'

In faith communities, Gen Z minorities struggle to find belonging

By Josh Packard and Hannah Turner — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — Young BIPOC enter faith communities with certain hopes and expectations for how these communities will support congregants of color.

Homeland Security appoints a new 25-member security faith advisory council

By Yonat Shimron — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — The council, consisting of clergy from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths, will assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of security-related programs.

For the lockdown generation, prayer is merely code for inaction

By Bekah McNeel — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — Gun violence is in the air Americans breathe, and like air, I knew Texas’ response to what happened in Uvalde would be neither solid nor substantial.

Is Pope Francis’ diplomacy of dialogue failing?

By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — In Kazakhstan, Pope Francis could not dialogue with Russia or China, but Vatican experts say the real work happens behind closed doors.

Belgian bishops propose prayer for gay couples, not marriage

By Samuel Petrequin and Nicole Winfield — September 20, 2022
ROME (AP) — Belgian bishops said their proposal is part of their church’s effort to be more responsive to its gay members and to “create a climate of respect, recognition and integration,” citing Pope Francis’ call for the church to be more welcoming to gays.

Westminster Abbey has witnessed nearly a millennium of British history – but many rituals, like those at royal funerals, aren’t so old

By Paul Hammer — September 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of British history explains how the ornate church and its significance to the monarchy have changed over centuries.

California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops

By Alejandra Molina — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — California is now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.'

‘Fifth Little Girl’ of 1963 Klan bombing reunites with nurse

By Barnett Wright — September 20, 2022
(AP) — On Sept. 15, Birmingham commemorated the explosion that proved to be a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, became a catalyst for change in the United States, and ultimately prompted global efforts for equality and human rights.

Are American Christians on the path to severe persecution for their faith?

By David Curry — September 19, 2022
(RNS) — Christian politicians in America have been attacked for their religious convictions, but Christians in other parts of the world face much more than mere criticism.

Nearly two years after election, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s first Black female bishop takes office

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 18, 2022
LOMBARD, Illinois (RNS) — Just weeks before she was set to take office in April 2021, Bishop Paula Clark experienced a brain bleed while exercising and later underwent surgery.

National Conservatism Conference puts the best and worst of the GOP on display

By Jacob Lupfer — September 17, 2022
(RNS) — Conservatism may have something to say about important issues, but it will need more worthy messengers.

Little churches still matter, says Martha’s Vineyard pastor of church that took in migrants

By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — Houses of worship on Martha's Vineyard have long worked together to meet the needs of their neighbors. So they were ready to spring into action when refugees arrived unexpectedly.
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