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We’ll pray for Uvalde. But as gun deaths mount, there’s too much to pray for.

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — We’ll pray for understanding of God’s grace, but also for an end to a culture of destructiveness.

Texans plan interfaith protest at Friday’s NRA convention in Houston

By Monique Parsons — May 26, 2022
(Interfaith America) — The protest, the organizers said, is meant to send a message to politicians who receive donations and support from the gun rights group.

Shooting survivor shares why Christians need to offer more than thoughts and prayers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — ‘If God’s answer to our prayers is one that requires personal sacrifice, are we willing to hear that?’ said Taylor Schumann, author of ‘When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough.’

Pelosi vs. Cordileone isn’t only about abortion. It’s about women and bishops.

By Phyllis Zagano — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — The list of reasons Catholic women stopped listening to bishops is a long one.

Despite 2022’s cluster of religious holidays, multifaith understanding slow to evolve

By Camille Daniels — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — Unlike race, which has become an urgent topic for Americans to discuss and educate themselves (and others) about, faith remains a relatively siloed practice.

The Southern Baptist and Catholic sexual abuse crises, compared

By Mark Silk — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — Very different religious bodies, very similar disgrace.

Texas faith leaders accompany Uvalde community, decry gun culture after school rampage

By Alejandra Molina — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — ‘What happened yesterday is one more expression of how we leaders have failed,’ San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said.

RIP Catholic News Service — gone too soon and when we needed you most

By Thomas Reese — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — The US Catholic bishops are killing off Catholic News Service, which is the AP of Catholic news, providing copy to Catholic publications and websites across the country.

For abuse survivors like Jules Woodson, the Indiana pastor video is all too familiar

By Bob Smietana — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — In a dramatic viral video, an abuse survivor confronted a pastor for abusing her, starting when she was 16. In the video, the pastor admits his sins but the congregation still sides with him.

‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ raises the question: Are Mormons dangerous?

By Jana Riess — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — If ‘Banner’ undermines its own credibility by only presenting the horrific side of Mormonism’s founding, the contemporary LDS church undermines its credibility by ignoring the dangers of religiously inspired violence.

The Catholic Church’s views on exorcism have changed – a religious studies scholar explains why

By Joseph P. Laycock — May 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — In the 1960s, the Catholic Church sought to downplay demonic possession, but its views since then have changed.

Uvalde school shooting: Faith leaders offer comfort, call for reform of gun laws

By Religion News Service — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — With the news of 19 children and two others killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, religious leaders from across the spectrum express their sorrow, with many saying now is the time for a new approach to gun control.

Christian leaders press lawmakers to extend child tax credit for poor families

By Jack Jenkins — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — The campaign supports a measure that had ‘remarkable success’ in lifting families out of poverty at the height of the pandemic.

Protestants and the pill: How US Christians helped make birth control mainstream

By Samira Mehta — May 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — Conservative Christians have cheered restrictions on some birth control. But many decades ago, Christian leaders’ support helped contraceptives become acceptable in the first place.

Bishop Mildred Hines, first AME Zion female bishop, dead at age 67

By Adelle M. Banks — May 24, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We will miss her powerful preaching, her electrifying teaching, her dynamic leadership, and her loving spirit,’ her fellow bishops said of the first and only female bishop in the denomination.
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