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Canadian Catholic bishop funds research for a safe and efficient coronavirus vaccine

By Claire Giangravé — May 11, 2020
(RNS) — ‘May the search for COVID-19 solutions also be a moment of solidarity, of collaboration, and of growing together,’ said Archbishop J. Michael Miller of the archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada.

Yale’s popular happiness class gains an online following among the socially distanced

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2020
(RNS) — More than 2.2 million people have enrolled in the 10-week online class called ‘The Science of Well-Being,’ which explores the things people think will make them happy — and the things that actually bring lasting life satisfaction.

For first time, survey finds majority of pastors says global warming is real, man-made

By Adelle M. Banks — April 21, 2020
(RNS) — In previous studies, researchers found pastors were more skeptical of human-caused climate change.

Standing Rock Sioux celebrate ‘significant legal win’ in DAPL fight

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 31, 2020
(RNS) — A federal judge has ordered a new environmental review for the Dakota Access pipeline in what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is celebrating as a “significant legal win.”

Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis

By Elana Schor — March 13, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Science is a wonderful arena of truth and understanding truth. It is an amazing tool that can help human flourishing. We just believe it can’t address all truth that exists,’ said D.J. Jenkins, pastor at Anthology Church in Studio City, California.

Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 14, 2020
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists.

Pope Francis reflects on 3 decades of international cooperation on climate change

By Claire Giangravé — November 7, 2019
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only a few days after the United States officially gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise a gathering of environmental regulators meeting in Rome this week. 

Meditation apps proliferate, even if what they provide is not enlightenment

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — October 15, 2019
(RNS) — Some teachers worry that corporate America's adoption of Buddhism’s spiritual practice could be used for unethical purposes.

The science of Sabbath: How people are rediscovering rest—and claiming its benefits

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 25, 2019
(RNS) — People of different faiths are rediscovering the practice of Sabbath, and some point to science suggesting such a day of rest — including time away from social media and digital devices — benefits longevity and mental health.

To save the planet, we need faith, ethics, science and economics

By Thomas Reese — September 25, 2019
(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.

People of faith know what must be done on climate change

By John L. McCullough — September 20, 2019
(RNS) — Noah’s prophetic witness called on his community to heed the darkening skies and take action to save their world before it was too late. 

Pope Francis pushes a new theology of climate change

By Mark Silk — September 3, 2019
(RNS) — Rather than blame the environmental crisis on humanity's fallen state, as his predecessors did, Francis emphasizes how nature brings us closer to God.

Interfaith group pledges to use religion’s influence to address climate change, poverty

By Eric J. Lyman — August 26, 2019
LINDAU, Germany (RNS) — Azza Karam, the newly elected leader of the interfaith group Religions for Peace, urged delegates to the group's recent World Assembly to harness the power of religion to address climate, nuclear arms and income inequality.

International interfaith gathering: ‘We must work together or we will all fail’

By Eric J. Lyman — August 21, 2019
LINDAU, Germany (RNS) — Interfaith leaders meeting in Germany this week will discuss how they can help address issues like climate change, terrorism, women’s rights, warfare, poverty, sexual violence and migration.

Faith and friendship as a remedy to the opioid crisis

By Katelyn Beaty — August 30, 2018
(RNS) — With the help of addicts themselves, researchers are exploring the emotional, social and relational reasons why people become addicted—and how relationship with God and others can restore and heal.
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