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Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia

By Associated Press — December 5, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.

Both sides see high stakes in gay rights Supreme Court case

By Jessica Gresko — December 4, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The case marks the second time in five years that the Supreme Court has confronted the issue of a business owner who says their religion prevents them from creating works for a gay wedding.

Starz’s hit series ‘P-Valley’ finds sacred community in a strip club

By Amethyst Holmes — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — The drama series by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall shows how profane places can be sacred — and how formal sacred places can be made profane.

Theological schools report continued drop in master of divinity degrees

By Kathryn Post — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — Enrollment at theological schools has remained stable, but the two-year M.A. degree is appealing to more students.

Cardinal leading Catholics’ churchwide consultation wrestles with tradition and change

By Claire Giangravé — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — The synod will be inspired by the Holy Spirit and rooted in truth, said Cardinal Mario Grech. The truth, he added, 'can be presented by a minority, a group or even an individual.'

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

By Nicole Winfield and Deng Machol — December 2, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The trip will not include a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east, but will fulfill a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan.

‘Everyone gets their love story’: How Christmas rom-coms have taken over the season

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — Move over, Hallmark. Other channels and streaming services are premiering holiday originals, too, hoping to capture the magic of the Christmas rom-com for their audiences.

14 Northern California clergy, religious linked for first time to Catholic sex abuse scandal

By Alejandra Molina — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — A window for filing new lawsuits under a 2019 California law for decades-old abuse will close Dec. 31.

Ye’s Trump dinner is a high point for Catholic nationalists’ influence campaign

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — The meeting of Ye, Nick Fuentes and Donald Trump was a win for an extreme, Catholic-leaning subset of Christian nationalism.

Why Americans are leaving their churches

By Jana Riess — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — For sociologist Stephen Bullivant, the question is why it took so long for the religious exodus to happen.

Credibility of key prosecution witness questioned in Vatican financial trial

By Claire Giangravé — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — Prosecutors said they will investigate Monsignor Alberto Perlasca after evidence emerged that his testimony was influenced by a source well known to Vatican insiders.

Report: Giving to larger churches dropped last year, even as charitable donations rose

By Bob Smietana — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — Churches with budgets under $2 million saw giving go down by 8%, while those with budgets of more than $20 million saw giving go down by 2.5%.

Whoever wins in Georgia, democracy already won the midterms

By Bridget Moix — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — We ignore the victory of the peaceful and orderly elections at our own peril.

Vatican Swiss Guard slayings back in spotlight with new book

By Associated Press — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — The mother of a Swiss Guard member accused of fatally shooting his commander hopes the Vatican might be ready to acknowledge that its original investigation was flawed.

Census: Christians a minority in England; non-religious grow

By Jill Lawless — November 30, 2022
LONDON (AP) — Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census — the first time a minority of the population has followed the country's official religion.
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