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Palestinians, Israel police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque; 53 hurt

By Joseph Krauss — May 7, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) —The clashes erupted when Israeli police deployed heavily as Muslims were performing evening prayers at Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Catholic bishops who want to deny Biden Communion may have to reckon with the pope

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé — May 5, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — When polled in November 2020, most Catholics opposed denying Communion to politicians simply because they support abortion rights.

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — The bishops’ conference denying Communion to Biden is about as likely as the National Governors Association impeaching the president.

As COVID-19 swamps India, decision to allow Kumbh Mela’s crowds is scrutinized

By Bhavya Dore — May 3, 2021
MUMBAI (RNS) — As COVID-19 infections rise, the local and national governments' decision to allow the Kumbh Mela is being scrutinized as a sign of the BJP-led government favoring Hindu beliefs over safety.

Philanthropists and politicians: Religion is not a problem to solve, it’s a partnership opportunity

By Michael Wear — May 3, 2021
(RNS) —  It is certainly within the rights of philanthropic and political institutions to 'not do religion,' but such an approach undermines any meaningful, holistic commitment to community or place-based humanitarian efforts in much of this country.

Evangelicals are losing their climate skepticism

By Mark Silk — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — No wonder the pushback on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda has thus far been minimal.

US Catholic bishops may press Biden to stop taking Communion

By David Crary — April 28, 2021
(AP) — At issue is a document coming from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine clarifying the church’s stance on an issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops.

New players add volatility in Jerusalem tensions

By Josef Federman — April 26, 2021
(AP) — The fate of Jerusalem and its holy sites is one of the most explosive issues in the conflict.

Obama faith adviser accuses Trump counterpart of laying spiritual groundwork for Capitol insurrection

By Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The chickens came home to roost on Jan. 6,’ said Joshua DuBois, faith adviser to Barack Obama, in an exchange with Johnnie Moore, an evangelical Christian adviser to Donald Trump.

A guilty verdict for Chauvin shouldn’t have required a global uprising

By Andre Henry — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — If this is success, we are still accepting an incredibly high bar to get basic accountability we should expect.

How will evangelical schools teach about the Capitol attack?

By Doug Pagitt — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — The conservative evangelical education system has become a pipeline of extremism.

Sikh Coalition urges Biden to appoint Sikh American liaison in wake of Indianapolis FedEx shooting

By Alejandra Molina — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — The Sikh Coalition said the Biden administration should appoint a Sikh American liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement to ensure a 'wide range of the community’s voices are heard and acted upon.'

Joe Biden may unify the country. Don’t ask him to unify Catholics.

By Kenneth L. Woodward — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — Faggioli's book pits Pope Francis’ 'global left' and Biden’s 'liberal America' against conservative Catholics.
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