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What happened to United Methodists’ proposal to split the denomination?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — Before United Methodists could vote on the widely endorsed plan, traditionalists went ahead and launched a new denomination and several representatives of centrist and progressive groups revoked their support.

Pope Francis pushes to purge liturgy of ideology in new document

By Claire Giangravé — June 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The liturgy, the pope wrote, should not be in service to ‘an ideological vision.’

Anti-abortion movement faces internal divisions after Roe’s fall

By Bob Smietana — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — After the Dobbs decision, abortion foes hope to ban abortion where they can and find ‘creative approaches’ like shareholder activism to punish abortion rights supporters.

Grand Rapids church won’t remove gay deacon, votes to appeal denomination’s order

By Yonat Shimron — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church was ordered by the denomination to reverse its decision to ordain a deacon in a same-sex marriage. It has refused.

Hindu man killed as religious tensions boil in India

By Krutika Pathi and Sheikh Saaliq — June 29, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — Experts worry that the latest incident could worsen India’s religious fault lines that critics say have deepened since Hindu nationalist Modi came to power in 2014.

FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

By Jim Mustian — June 29, 2022
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The probe could deepen the legal peril for the archdiocese as it reels from a bankruptcy brought on by a flood of sex abuse lawsuits and allegations that church leaders turned a blind eye to generations of predator priests.

In defiance of US bishops, Nancy Pelosi receives Communion at the Vatican

By Claire Giangravé — June 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the Vatican on Wednesday and received a blessing by Pope Francis.

Naked and unashamed: Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community

By Jeremy Lindenfeld — June 28, 2022
(RNS) — Public nudity may seem antithetical to the modesty often promoted by churches, but to Christian naturists, the two go hand in hand.

Despite attacks, Christian pregnancy centers poised to expand as Roe falls

By Kathryn Post — June 28, 2022
(RNS) — At least a dozen pregnancy centers across the U.S. have been vandalized or set ablaze since the leak of the Dobbs decision draft.

‘God’s Favorite Idiot’: Proof we need more religious comedies

By Jillian Cheney — June 28, 2022
(RNS) — The show is a reminder that not all stories with a religious message have to be somber or existential. Sometimes they can — and should be — as sweet and simple as pecan pie.

Germany: Over 2,700 antisemitic incidents reported in 2021

By Associated Press — June 28, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The German government's commissioner to combat antisemitism, Felix Klein, called the number of incidents — more than seven per day — frightening.

Arrest of Indian Muslim journalist sparks widespread outrage

By Sheikh Saaliq — June 28, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — Pratik Sinha, the other co-founder of Alt News, said Zubair was arrested without any notice from police, which is mandatory in the sections of law under which he was detained.

Vatican runner to compete in half marathon at Med Games

By Associated Press — June 28, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Sara Carnicelli, a 27-year-old runner, will be accompanied at the competition by Monsignor Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, the head of the Vatican’s sports department in the culture ministry.

Mine can be built on Apache sacred site, Oak Flat, federal appeals court rules

By Alejandra Molina — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — The Apache Stronghold coalition said they will appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Antisemitism monitor lands in Saudi Arabia on first official trip

By Yonat Shimron — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Deborah Lipstadt said she wanted to raise awareness of antisemitism in the Persian Gulf region, which is predominantly Muslim.
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