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California senator announces bill to protect religious practices of incarcerated individuals

By Alejandra Molina — February 6, 2023
(RNS) — Backers of the bill say that allowing religious detainees and prisoners to wear religious garb does not constitute 'coddling' them.
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Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

By Michael Casey — February 6, 2023
HILDALE, Utah (AP) — “In every major city in the United States, every weekend, there’s multiple ayahuasca ceremonies,” said a lawyer who specializes in psychedelic law.

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The three Christian leaders spoke on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference Sunday.

Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI’s death

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death.

Spiritual advisers offering final comfort in execution rooms

By Jim Salter — February 6, 2023
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling last March requires states to allow spiritual advisers to join condemned inmates in their final moments.

Photos of the Week: Pope Francis in Africa; Candlemas

By Kit Doyle — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes Pope Francis visiting Congo and South Sudan, Candlemas and more.

New effort surveys Sikh students about bullying and school climate in the US

By Alejandra Molina — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'There is a gap between the lived experiences of Sikh kids and what teachers, administrators and policymakers understand,' said Rucha Kaur, community development director for the Sikh Coalition.

Church of England submits blessings for same-sex couples to fierce debate in Synod

By Catherine Pepinster — February 3, 2023
LONDON (RNS) — The bishops have displeased both conservatives and progressives in the church with a proposal to bless civil unions between same-sex partners.

Outrage over far-right Israeli government has American Jewish leaders stewing

By Yonat Shimron — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — One New York rabbi has forsworn the Prayer for the State of Israel in the Saturday liturgy. Many others have protested through letters and petitions.

Buying Starbucks with gold? A Halal investing app is making it possible.

By Kathryn Post — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — Wahed, an Islamic fintech company launched in 2017, now offers brick-and-mortar banks and gold-backed debit cards.

Biden tells dueling prayer breakfasts that ‘diversity is one of our greatest strengths’

By Adelle M. Banks — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Biden’s remarks occurred on the day when there were two events instead of one to mark the tradition of prayer gatherings of Congress and the U.S. president.

After 30 years, Buddhist-inspired message of ‘Groundhog Day’ still holds spiritual power

By Bob Smietana — February 2, 2023
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (RNS) — Part Hollywood love story and part secular spiritual parable, the 1993 film shows life can be better if we pay attention.

Clergy protest legislation targeting transgender children in Missouri

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Jewish and Christian clergy have taken an active role in protesting what one advocacy group has called the ‘most dangerous’ session of the Missouri Legislature for the LGBTQ community it has seen in years.
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