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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.

28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria

By Sam Olukoya, By Ibrahim Garba — July 26, 2021
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from Bethel Baptist High School.

New Hampshire bishop denies allegations of past sexual abuse

By Associated Press — July 26, 2021
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester of abusing a male youth on numerous occasions in 1983 and 1984.

Pope honors grandparents on first World Day for elderly

By Associated Press — July 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday.

In Japan, Greek-influenced Olympics meet another kind of pagan heritage

By Heather Greene — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Greek pagan pageantry encounters a culture with its own deep sense of myth and magic.

On Tisha B’av, the meaning of Tree of Life revealed

By Beth Kissileff — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Some ideas for the architect who will rebuild the site of the Pittsburgh massacre.

Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

At Tokyo Olympics, even faith events look different as COVID spikes. Here’s how.

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Religious services for residents of the Olympic Village will be provided virtually due to the pandemic, but Christian evangelistic organizations aren’t letting COVID-19 dampen their efforts at reaching the Japanese.

La Luz del Mundo congregants ‘frightened’ after attempted burglary and shooting at two temples

By Alejandra Molina — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — These incidents occurred as the trial is set to begin on Sept. 27 for Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of La Luz del Mundo, who faces numerous sex charges.
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