2021 might be unpredictable, but don’t ditch your datebook. Planning can be a spiritual exercise
(RNS) — The beginning of another pandemic year largely locked down at home, the future still uncertain, may be the perfect time to flip the page in a new planner.
Houston woman faces historic indictment over female genital cutting
Israel hopes to vaccinate Holocaust survivors to save and repay ‘treasured’ population
New cookbook celebrates the strong bond between Swiss Guards and popes
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A new book of recipes, The Vatican Christmas Cookbook, presents a collection of meals enjoyed by the Swiss Guards, who often dine with the pope.
Ready to try an old approach to a New Year’s resolution? The story of Saint Ignatius may provide some guidance
(The Conversation) — Making and breaking New Year’s resolutions is a familiar and discouraging annual ritual for many people. The problem is most people set out with their resolutions without identifying a practical path for the journey.
LDS church sued for alleged role in Boy Scouts sex abuse
PHOENIX (AP) — The church was the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts of America troops and its greatest ally until January, when it pulled more than 400,000 young people from the program.
Jewish health system accused of vaccine violations is a case of solidarity gone wrong
(RNS) — The real moral hazard they’ve fallen into is building a faith identity or communal solidarity on otherness, victimhood or grievance.
A prayer for a more just, inclusive future for LGBTQ folks in 2021
(RNS) — Protecting all people, no matter who they love, is the first step to going into the future together.
5 nurses share their pandemic holiday plans — and their hopes people take the virus seriously
(RNS) — ‘It pains me because I think when this all dies down and we get back to Mass, there will be a lot of empty pews,’ said one nurse, who has worked at a hard-hit nursing home throughout the pandemic.
For hospital chaplains, being vaccinated first brings a mix of emotions
(RNS) — ‘I felt such a sense of joy — like Christmas really was here,’ said Daniel Russell, a hospice and hospital chaplain in Los Angeles.
‘No man is an island,’ wrote John Donne on a grim Christmas amid a pandemic
(RNS) — These famous few lines suggest a kind of compassionate solidarity, a sense of deep connection when others die, or might die. But Donne’s real point is not just compassion for others, even during a plague, but the necessity of attention to the self.
Why NBA star Kyrie Irving was burning sage before a game with the Celtics
(RNS) — NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has Native American roots, burned sage during a warmup in a practice known as smudging.
Pandemic cooking and Jewish food rituals offer comfort in times of sickness
(The Conversation) — Food preparation makes the intangible aspects of culture and religion tangible.
Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Questions about stabilizers that use pork products — banned by some religious groups — have raised concerns about the possibility of disrupted immunization campaigns.
How to motivate millions of Americans to get vaccinated? Let faith help.
(RNS) — With thousands of lives on the line, America’s diverse religious communities are uniquely prepared to unite to meet this moment.