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Zahid Quraishi confirmed as first Muslim federal judge

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — The US Army veteran has been assigned to a federal district court in New Jersey.

What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Alejandra Molina — June 11, 2021
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Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.

By Marianne Duddy-Burke — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — A push to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians is symbolic of denial of care in other forms.

Vatican gets mixed review for its efforts to fight financial corruption

By Claire Giangravé — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — A report by the European agency that combats money laundering says the Vatican needs to take further steps to address internal corruption and improve the institution’s judicial system.

Confessions of a reluctant Hindu

By Bidisha Biswas — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Is it possible to be a Hindu and reject caste? For me, the answer is yes. Hinduism is a living religion, and Hindus can reform their religion by the very act of living out the changes we seek.

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

By Anita Snow — June 8, 2021
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protecting migrants and honoring the humanity of those who died on the perilous trail is a kind of religion in southern Arizona.

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.

Poor People’s Campaign plans ‘Moral March on Manchin’

By Jack Jenkins — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'It's time for people of all differences to stand together against him,' said the Rev. William Barber. 'We call it 'from the hollers in the mountains to the hood.''

I Believe! … In QAnon? What nonbelievers don’t get about conspiracy beliefs

By Brad Hirschfield — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — We need to stop asking them to justify their conclusions and try to understand why QAnon works for them.

Communion ban for pro-choice politicians is an old story, but the stakes have grown

By Claire Giangravé — June 7, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While this debate has happened before, the context in the US Catholic church and its dynamic with the Vatican have changed.

Trudeau wants Vatican apology for church-run school abuses

By Rob Gillies — June 5, 2021
(AP) — Trudeau called on the church to “step up” and take responsibility after years of silence.

Faith groups press Biden to evacuate US-affiliated Afghans alongside troops

By Jack Jenkins — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — 'We view this as a ticking time bomb,' said one signer of the letter.

New voter bills are a body blow to American democracy

By T.D. Jakes — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — The biggest threat to our democracy may not be in Moscow but in state capitals like Tallahassee, Phoenix and Austin.
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