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Why the legacy of Billy Graham continues to endure: 3 essential reads

By Kalpana Jain — June 12, 2021
(The Conversation) — A PBS documentary has reinitiated conversations about the influence of Billy Graham. Here are three articles that describe the impact and the enduring legacy of the famed preacher.
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Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions

By Kevin Mcgill — June 8, 2021
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church in the Baton Rouge suburb of Central, and faces six state criminal counts as a result.

Iranian politician, Hezbollah founder, dies of COVID-19

By Joseph Hammond — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — Mohtashamipour, 74, was one of the last living members of a generation of Iranians who played essential roles in the founding of Iran’s largely theocratic state.

Italian nun slain by 3 teen girls beatified as martyr

By Associated Press — June 7, 2021
ROME (AP) — Hours before the beatification ceremony in northern Italy, Pope Francis praised Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and described her killers as 'prisoners of evil.'

Cleared Chicago priest holds first Mass since reinstatement

By Sophia Tareen — June 7, 2021
CHICAGO (AP) — “It’s good to be home,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger repeatedly told congregants of the Faith Community of St. Sabina. Pfleger was cleared by an Archdiocese of Chicago investigation into claims that he sexually abused several boys decades ago. A police investigation remains open.

Popular Nigerian televangelist T.B. Joshua dies at 57

By Sam Olukoya — June 7, 2021
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Joshua was noted for making predictions and for his claims to cure various ailments and to make people prosper through miracles.

Calvin University’s first openly gay student body president paves a path

By Yonat Shimron — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — Claire Murashima’s role as a gay student body president directly challenged the school’s theological positions.

Overturn Dylann Roof’s death sentence — for me, not for him

By Sharon Risher — June 1, 2021
(RNS) — Despite the damage done to my family, and possibly because of it, I reject the death penalty.

Pope sends envoys to German diocese in church abuse crisis

By Geir Moulson — May 28, 2021
(AP) — Two papal envoys will investigate “possible errors” on the part of Cologne's archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki and three German bishops in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by clergy and others.

In Biden Communion debate, US bishops’ show willingness to test Pope Francis

By Claire Giangravé — May 28, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The pope’s vocal opposition to abortion, which he calls 'a grave mortal sin,' is often quoted by prelates who object to administering Communion to pro-choice political leaders.

2 Plowshares activists win early release from prison

By Yonat Shimron — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — Martha Hennessy, 66, the granddaughter of Catholic Worker Movement founder Dorothy Day, and Carmen Trotta, 58, a Catholic worker at St. Joseph House in New York City, were released after serving six months in prison for breaking into a nuclear submarine base.

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago postpones consecration of bishop-elect after brain bleed

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 24, 2021
CHICAGO (RNS) — The delay will allow Clark to assume her role as bishop in 'the healthiest and most wholesome way,' according to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Incoming Bishop Stephen Chow says he feels the pressure of leading Hong Kong diocese

By Claire Giangravé — May 24, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As Jesuit Father Stephen Chow prepares to lead the divided diocese of Hong Kong, caught by internal struggles and outside influence from China, he relies on St. Ignatius for guidance and promises to listen with empathy.
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