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Israel’s Reform rabbi and legislator on judicial overhaul: ‘It doesn’t look good.’

By Yonat Shimron — March 20, 2023
(RNS) — Gilad Kariv, who serves on the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, said he wants American Jews to help protect Israel’s democracy.
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Johnny Hunt, disgraced former SBC pastor, sues denomination he once led

By Bob Smietana — March 18, 2023
(RNS) — In a court filing, Hunt admitted kissing and fondling another pastor's wife but says the incident was consensual and private and should not have been made public in a major 2022 report.

Photos of the Week: 10 years of Pope Francis

By Kit Doyle — March 18, 2023
(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes the 10th anniversary of Pope Francis' papacy and more.

Across the country, a push to observe Muslim holidays in school calendars

By Alejandra Molina — March 17, 2023
(RNS) — Efforts to designate Eid as a school holiday are driven by students, and not just in schools with large Muslim populations.

London property scandal was a ‘Via Crucis,’ says archbishop at Vatican trial

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 17, 2023
ROME (RNS) — 'If the Lord fell three times, we fell six times,' said Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra during his testimony at the 51st session of the Vatican financial trial.

Texas judge in abortion pill case is a conservative favorite

By Lindsay Whitehurst and Alanna Durkin Richer — March 17, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk is a former attorney for a Christian legal group and was appointed by President Donald Trump.

US tribes get bison as they seek to restore bond with animal

By Thomas Peipert and Matthew Brown — March 17, 2023
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — About a half-dozen of the animals from Colorado will form the nucleus of a new herd for the Yuchi people south of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Catholic system pulls out of Connecticut hospital merger

By Associated Press — March 17, 2023
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — The proposed merger had raised concerns about the fate of reproductive health in the mostly rural region.

NY diocese facing flood of lawsuits files for bankruptcy

By Michael Hill — March 17, 2023
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Albany diocese is dealing with a deluge of lawsuits dating to when New York temporarily suspended the statute of limitations on childhood abuse.

‘City of Faith’ exhibit celebrates South Asian religion in NYC

By Kathryn Post — March 16, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York suggests the city can’t be understood without religion.

Preemptive Love Coalition to merge with Search for Common Ground

By Bob Smietana — March 16, 2023
(RNS) — The merger ends a year of uncertainty for the charity, which sees relief work as a form of peacemaking,

For United Methodists’ top court, 2024 is the new 2020

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — Three of the most recent decisions released by the Judicial Council dealt with resolutions that annual and jurisdictional conferences have approved regarding the denomination’s stance on LGBTQ inclusion.

Since the 1880s, Southern Baptists have argued over the role of women

By Bob Smietana — March 15, 2023
(RNS)— At the SBC’s meeting this summer, delegates may debate a constitutional amendment to limit women leaders. It wouldn’t be the first time.
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