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Rainbow struggle playing out on sidelines of World Cup

By Mariam Fam — November 26, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The emirate, where gay sex is illegal, faced intense scrutiny in the run-up to the tournament regarding the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ visitors.
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Photos of the Week: Thanksgiving; Cardinal Zen verdict

By Kit Doyle — November 26, 2022
(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes Thanksgiving, the verdict against Cardinal Zen and more.

Georgia high court reinstates ban on abortions after 6 weeks

By Sudhin Thanawala — November 25, 2022
ATLANTA (AP) — The justices put a lower court ruling overturning the ban on hold while they consider an appeal. Doctors who had resumed providing abortions after six weeks had to immediately stop.

Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

By Nicole Winfield — November 25, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard a secret recording of Pope Francis about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants.

Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen, 5 others over fund

By Kanis Leung — November 25, 2022
HONG KONG (AP) — While the cardinal has not yet been charged with national security-related charges, he was charged with failing to properly register a fund aimed at helping democracy protestors.

Pope links plight of Ukrainians today to Stalin’s ‘genocide’

By Nicole Winfield — November 24, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pontiff's willingness to call the starvation of Ukrainians 90 years ago a “genocide,” and his linking it to Ukrainian deaths today, marked a sharp escalation in papal rhetoric against Russia

With searches, Ukraine focuses suspicions on Orthodox clergy

By Hanna Arhirova and Peter Smith — November 24, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An investigation of a centuries-old monastic complex in Ukraine’s capital has underscored Ukrainian authorities' suspicions about some Orthodox Christian clergymen they see as loyal to Russia.

Pope Francis IDs successor to conservative Providence bishop

By David Klepper — November 24, 2022
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Most Reverend Richard G. Henning is the new coadjutor bishop of Providence, will likely succeed the conservative Bishop Thomas Tobin.

Vineyard USA founder’s widow, board members sue breakaway Anaheim pastors, alleging fraud

By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — A pair of California pastors say God told them to lead the Anaheim Vineyard out of its home denomination. Former board members say the pastors committed fraud to do that. At stake is $62 million in assets.

What does healing look like to survivors of the US Indian boarding school system?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — ‘A big aspect of the healing is going to be a sincere, heartfelt apology by the different denominations that participated,’ said one survivor.

A biography of Ruth Bell Graham explores an icon of evangelical womanhood

By Yonat Shimron — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — Graham opposed the women’s rights movements even as she benefited from some of its gains by becoming a public figure sought after as a speaker and writer in her own right.

Prayers go on, sometimes out of sight, in prep football

By Larry Lage — November 23, 2022
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) — In Michigan, some teams with multiple religions represented on their rosters have found ways for everyone who wants to participate to do so if they wish.

Clinging to ancient faith, India tribes seek religion status

By Sheikh Saaliq — November 23, 2022
GUDUTA, India (AP) — Tribal groups have held protests in support of giving Sarna Dharma official religion status ahead of the upcoming national census.
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