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Abortion politics won’t end with Roe unless both sides pay to back up their principles

By Kenneth L. Woodward — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — In a word, Americans must agree to privatize abortion.
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Stay alive in the meantime: Notes at the top of 2022

By Danté Stewart — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — To be completely honest, I thought this year would begin not with questions but with resolutions.

Navy blocked from acting against 35 COVID vaccine refusers

By Robert Burns — January 4, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Navy from acting against 35 sailors for refusing on religious grounds to comply with an order to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The injunction is a new challenge to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision to make vaccinations mandatory for all members […]

The I Hate Winter Spirituality Club

By Jana Riess — January 3, 2022
(RNS) — In winter we realize, to our chagrin, that we are not in charge, that earth can be hard as iron, that the world is not necessarily on our side.

How East London’s oldest halal restaurant survived the pandemic

By Joseph Hammond — January 3, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — Halal Restaurant opened in 1939 to serve the needs of Muslims in the maritime industry. Over the ensuing decades the restaurant has changed alongside the rapidly shifting neighborhood.

Pope on new year: Pandemic is hard, but focus on the good

By Frances D'emilio — January 3, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his New Year’s wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality. “We are still living in uncertain and difficult times due […]

From the Capitol insurrection to the Taliban takeover: The defining religion stories of 2021

By RNS staff — December 31, 2021
(RNS) — Religion was no minor character in 2021's most significant news stories.

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

From conflict to cooperation: Lessons from the road to Muslim-Jewish partnership

By Ari Gordon — December 29, 2021
(RNS) — For the first time in history Muslims and Jews are living side by side as minorities in free democracies with robust civic engagement. The opportunities are unprecedented, as are the challenges.

Pope Francis’ key words for a marriage: ‘Please, thanks, sorry’

By Nicole Winfield — December 27, 2021
ROME (AP) — The pontiff penned a letter to married couples that was released Sunday, a Catholic feast day commemorating Jesus’ family.

Guns as holiday photo props: The real war on Christmas

By Shane Claiborne — December 23, 2021
(RNS) — Never would I have foreseen photos of Christmas-clad children holding assault rifles as an appropriate way of honoring the Prince of Peace.

A gift of Christmas joy for the children of the incarcerated

By Luis Andres Henao and Mariam Fam — December 23, 2021
(AP) — One program works with prison chaplains to reach inmates interested in sending gifts to their children.

California’s abortion sanctuary plans decried by Christian groups

By Alejandra Molina — December 23, 2021
(RNS) — For Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, this is a moment for Christians to unite in support of local pregnancy resource centers and life-affirming clinics.
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