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Richard Dujardin, long-time religion reporter, dies in fall at 77

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Dujardin was remembered as a friend, mentor, devoted journalist and family man.
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The Catholic Church hasn’t forgotten the people in Ukraine, prelates say

By Claire Giangravé — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — While the Vatican hopes for a diplomatic resolution, Catholic leaders cater to Ukrainian faithful on the ground.

Lag in slavery reparations from US Jesuits irks descendants

By Deepa Bharath — August 16, 2022
(AP) – In a publicly released letter to the head of the U.S. branch of Jesuits, Jesuit leader Joseph Stewart expressed dissatisfaction with the progress made since last year's pledge to raise $100 million for a reconciliation initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Catholic order.

Columbia River’s salmon are at the core of ancient religion

By Deepa Bharath — August 16, 2022
ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — For thousands of years, Native tribes in this area have relied on Nch’i-Wána, or 'the great river,' for its salmon and steelhead trout, and its surrounding areas for the fields bearing edible roots, medicinal herbs and berry bushes as well as the deer and elk whose meat and hides are used for food and ritual.

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

By Lisa Rathke — August 16, 2022
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — It's a rare representation of a kind of art that graced wooden synagogues in Europe that were largely destroyed during the Holocaust, experts say.

Clergy, social workers fear fallout from Okla. abortion laws

By Sean Murphy — August 15, 2022
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Clergy members, social workers and even librarians have raised concerns about being exposed to criminal or civil liability for just discussing the topic.

In latest ‘gOD-Talk’ discussion, Black millennials discuss hip-hop and faith

By Adelle M. Banks — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'As a very powerful spiritual and musical modality, hip-hop raises serious questions regarding the holy and the profane,' said museum curator Eric Williams.

Report: Catholic clergy’s unquestioned — and uneducated — power spurs abuse

By Alejandra Molina — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — The report, 'Beyond Bad Apples,' looks at systemic causes behind the clergy sex abuse scandal of past decades.

Frederick Buechner, popular Christian ‘writer’s writer’ and ‘minister’s minister,’ dies at 96

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — Buechner died peacefully in his sleep on Monday (Aug. 15) at age 96, according to his family.

Bruxy Cavey credibly accused in 3 cases of sexual abuse and 1 sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — For the first time, leaders of the Toronto-area church said Cavey’s behavior amounted to sexual abuse, not just sexual harassment or abuse of power as it had previously maintained.

Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.

New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori

By Nick Perry — August 15, 2022
WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — Whanganui Māori have a saying: Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au: I am the river, and the river is me.

Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

By Samy Magdy — August 15, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses said there were many children inside the four-story building, which had two day care facilities.
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