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Top Presbyterian executive calls on US Jews to end ‘enslavement’ of Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — In his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson said he hoped U.S. Jews would influence the U.S. government in ‘ending the immoral enslavement’ of Palestinians.
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African leaders hail Tutu, but many don’t follow his lead

By Farai Mutsaka — December 30, 2021
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Many leaders have remained silent about Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s support for issues they’re uncomfortable with.

Investigator calls on Reform movement’s rabbinical group to update ethics code

By Yonat Shimron — December 22, 2021
(RNS) — The report for the Central Conference of American Rabbis asks that sections of its code related to violations involving minors be expanded and notifications be made public.

Preemptive Love charity accused of abusive leadership, misleading donors

By Kathryn Post — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — 'I cannot sit by and watch you preach peace while you bully, gaslight, and abuse the peacemakers on your team until they give up and quit,' one former employee wrote.

Russell Moore defamation lawsuit withdrawn by Georgia pastor Mike Stone

By Bob Smietana — December 11, 2021
(RNS) — For now, the legal battle between the two high-profile evangelical leaders is over.

Bruxy Cavey, pastor of one of Canada’s largest churches, accused of sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — December 8, 2021
(RNS) — Cavey, who grew The Meeting House into a megachurch with some 5,000 people attending 19 campuses in the larger Toronto metropolitan area, was accused of sexual misconduct and placed on leave.

Jewish philanthropist Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 stolen antiquities

By Yonat Shimron — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — In return, Steinhardt, co-founder of Birthright Israel, an organization that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel, will not face criminal charges for illegally smuggling the items.

Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship resigns

By Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson — December 2, 2021
Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke.”

4 women sue Orthodox Union and its youth group, alleging sex abuse by rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — They allege that Rabbi Baruch Lanner abused them on youth retreats beginning in the 1970s and that the Orthodox Union, which employed him, did nothing.

In Biden’s visit with the pope, a page from Reagan’s playbook?

By Steven P. Millies — November 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — Joe Biden may be only the country’s second Catholic president, but a long line of U.S. leaders have met with popes over the years.

The Unite the Right rally changed her life. She now wants to defeat white nationalism.

By Yonat Shimron — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — Since that searing summer day four years ago, Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin has devoted herself to better understanding what happened and working to make sure it never happens again.

Cologne Catholic church holds penance service on sex abuse

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Daniel Niemann — November 18, 2021
The German Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse reports has caused a crisis in Cologne, where the archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, has taken a “spiritual timeout" on the advice of Pope Francis.

Britain’s Prince Charles pays royal visit to Jordan

By Associated Press — November 16, 2021
Charles and his wife, Camilla, met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania before traveling to the Christian holy site of Maghtas.
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