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Plumber reportedly finds cash and checks in walls of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Did a plumber just discover a new clue in a seven-year-old burglary case at the Houston-area megachurch?
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Pope Francis to take migrants and refugees in Cyprus to the Vatican

By Claire Giangravé — December 3, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Vatican announced 12 refugees and migrants in Cyprus and Greece will fly back to Rome with Pope Francis.

Why ‘sorcery’ was the fastest-growing search term on Bible Gateway in 2021

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — The Greek word ‘pharmakeia’ has appeared in debates over COVID-19 prevention measures, particularly opposition by some charismatic and evangelical Christians to vaccines against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Patriarch of Jerusalem’s edict puts unity on Holy Land’s Christmas in doubt

By Daoud Kuttab — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on Dec. 25, and Easter according to the older Julian calendar.

Michael Bublé, Kris Jenner part of $40M investment in Christian meditation app Glorify

By Jessica Mundie — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — An app designed to bring users closer to God has received $40 million of Series A funding supported by a number of prominent celebrity investors.

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz seeks to be first Muslim elected to the US Senate

By Joseph Hammond — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Besides Sufism, the mystical Islamic sect, Oz's spiritual practices include transcendental meditation and elements of his wife's Swedenborgian tradition.

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.”

‘Sinning in the Rain’: New study finds crimes go up when it rains on Sundays

By Bob Smietana — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — A new study shows rain can interrupt church-going and may lead to more of certain kinds of crime.

Brazil’s senate OKs evangelical Bolsonaro ally to top court

By Mauricio Savarese — December 2, 2021
Mendonça had been waiting for approval since July 13, but disagreements between Bolsonaro's administration and a key senator stalled the proceedings for months.

Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House

By Associated Press — December 2, 2021
Speaking to more than 150 guests, Biden sought to draw parallels between his presidency and the eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees.

Cornerstone University’s new president is under fire. His former colleagues see a pattern.

By Kathryn Post — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Former Regent employees named at least 40 faculty, staff and administrators who were forced to exit during Moreno-Riaño’s tenure at Regent University.

As Supreme Court debates abortion, dueling theologies protest outside

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time — it’s still debated in religions,’ said Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the court heard oral arguments.

Report: Holocaust denial persists on Facebook one year after push to stanch it

By Yonat Shimron — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — The ADL found that while dedicated Holocaust denial groups have been removed from the platform, public and private groups as well as personal profiles still contain links to such sources.
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