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How Hakeem Jeffries’ Black Baptist upbringing and deep-rooted faith shapes his House leadership

By Darren Sands — February 28, 2024
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Jeffries, 53, his leadership in the House traces back to his formative days growing up and serving at Cornerstone, a historically Black congregation which he still attends.
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Retired Catholic bishop charged with sexual offenses in northwest Australia

By Rod Mcguirk — February 22, 2024
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Vatican investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against Saunders began in 2022.

The Vatican’s problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

By Nicole Winfield — February 20, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Five years ago this week, Francis convened an unprecedented summit of bishops from around the world to impress on them that clergy abuse was a global problem and they needed to address it.

As a rabbi, philosopher and physician, Maimonides wrestled with religion and reason – the book he wrote to reconcile them, ‘Guide to the Perplexed,’ has sparked debate ever since

By Randy L. Friedman — February 20, 2024
(The Conversation) — Faith and reason are often treated as opposites. But some philosophers believe they can only strengthen each other, including the Jewish sage Maimonides, who wrote the famous ‘Guide to the Perplexed.’

Christian-nation idea fuels US conservative causes, but historians say it misreads founders’ intent

By Peter Smith — February 20, 2024
Many conservatives and Republicans embrace the idea of Christian national origins, even as many reject the “Christian nationalist” label.

Pope and Argentine President Milei embrace after pontiff canonizes Argentina’s first female saint

By Nicole Winfield, Gianfranco Stara, and Alessandra Tarantino — February 12, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mama Antula was an 18th century laywoman who ministered to the poor and helped keep Jesuit spirituality alive in Argentina after the religious order — to which the pope belongs — was suppressed.

Dexter Scott King remembered during memorial as keeper of his father Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

By Mark Thiessen — February 12, 2024
The memorial service for Dexter King was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where his father once was pastor.

A giant statue of Emperor Constantine looks out over Rome again with help from 3D technology

By Associated Press — February 8, 2024
ROME (AP) — The reconstructed statue is just around the corner from the museum courtyard where the original fragments of Constantine’s giant feet, hands and head are prime tourist attractions.

Every week is World Interfaith Harmony Week for devotees of Swami Vivekananda

By Richa Karmarkar — February 7, 2024
(RNS) — As religious conflict and disharmony rage on elsewhere in the world, the interfaith teachings of Swami Vivekananda are evergreen to these devotees.

Conservative Nebraska lawmakers push bills that would intertwine religion with public education

By Margery A. Beck — February 6, 2024
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — These bills are part of a broader Republican push nationwide to target a variety of culture issues in education, including diversity, equity and inclusion programs and the type of books allowed in school libraries.

A Tennessee teen has pleaded guilty in the slaying of a prominent United Methodist Church leader

By Adrian Sainz — February 5, 2024
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daytime shooting shook United Methodist Church members in Memphis and elsewhere.

Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian pastor, travels to US to forefront plight of Christians in Gaza

By Daoud Kuttab — February 2, 2024
(RNS) — 'I wanted to remind our American friends that there are Palestinian Christians,' he said.

Auschwitz survivor decries rise of the far right and increased antisemitism in Germany

By Associated Press — January 31, 2024
BERLIN (AP) — Germany saw a significant increase in anti-Jewish incidents following the attack on Israel.
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