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Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

By Associated Press — October 18, 2021
(AP) — 'I had to do it,' Rice once said of her decision to break the law. 'My guilt is that I waited 70 years to be able to speak what I knew in my conscience.'
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Biden to nominate Joseph Donnelly as Vatican ambassador

By Jack Jenkins — October 8, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Donnelly, a Catholic lawyer and anti-abortion Democrat, served as one of Indiana’s U.S. senators from 2013 to 2019 and as a House member from 2007 to 2013.

Pat Robertson steps down from ‘700 Club’

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — The 91-year-old televangelist, pioneer Christian media mogul and one-time Republican presidential candidate made the announcement Friday (Oct. 1) on the 60th anniversary of CBN’s first broadcast.

Randall Balmer on why racism, not abortion, birthed the religious right

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, he shows it was government interference in ‘segregation academies’ such as Bob Jones University that sparked the growth of the religious right. Opposition to abortion was an afterthought.

Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end

By Leah Payne — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — A new film captures her interior world but doesn’t fully explain her ingenuity and power.

Pastoral as well as radical, Bishop Spong gave priests ‘room to exist’

By Cynthia Black — September 15, 2021
(RNS) — The space he created for stretching boundaries was not only theological, but personal.

Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, founder of one of the world’s largest churches, has died

By Bob Smietana — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Cho, who preached a Korean version of the prosperity gospel, remained a beloved figure even after being convicted of embezzlement.

Evangelical Lutheran church installs 1st transgender bishop

By Associated Press — September 13, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.

Beth Moore and Russell Moore share laughter, regrets at Nashville church

By Bob Smietana — September 10, 2021
NASHVILLE (RNS) — At a Nashville church, the former Southern Baptist leaders spoke about leaving the SBC and keeping the faith.

An American Jew turned Hindu holy woman tells her story

By Yonat Shimron — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati quit her Ph.D. program, divorced her husband, moved to India and became a Hindu renunciate. In her new memoir she reveals a past life of sex abuse and bulimia.

‘I never thought it would be a campaign’: Muslim artist’s work builds bridges in Pittsburgh

By Kathryn Post — September 7, 2021
PITTSBURGH (RNS) — Ebtehal Badawi’s painting has been used to promote racial and religious unity across the city.

‘A burden of beauty’: Five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith

By Renée Roden — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Forbidden images, illuminated manuscripts and even maps testify to the creativity humans bring to the project of making the transcendent tangible.

Admirers still urging sainthood for chaplain killed on 9/11

By David Crary — September 6, 2021
(AP) — Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York’s fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continues to evolve 20 years after his death.
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