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A refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump: ‘We’re starting from scratch’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 7, 2021
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (RNS) — Hollowed out by four years of drastic cuts to the number of refugees allowed into the country, the faith-based agencies that resettle families in the U.S. are gearing back up.

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.

Former art studio of LA’s ‘pop art nun’ designated as historic monument

By Alejandra Molina — June 4, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The former art studio of the late Corita Kent, known as LA’s 'pop art nun,' had been slated for demolition to make way for additional parking.

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.

Leaked Russell Moore letter blasts SBC conservatives, sheds light on his resignation

By Paul O'Donnell, Bob Smietana — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — In a letter written more than a year before his resignation, Moore explained his troubles with the SBC leadership in bitterly frank terms. Then-President Donald Trump barely makes an appearance.

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church’s prayer wall

By Peter Smith — June 1, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As the ceremony came to an end, participants put their hands on the prayer wall along the side of the sanctuary while soloist Santita Jackson sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing."

US Bishops try to rein in the Biden administration, but the Vatican is all smiles

By Jack Jenkins — May 28, 2021
(RNS) — The pope has shown that he is willing to sidestep his American bishops to strengthen his relationship with Biden.

Dave Ramsey declares war on timeshare industry: ‘You done pissed off the wrong hillbilly’

By Bob Smietana — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — The Christian financial expert and radio host has injected himself into a feud between the $10 billion timeshare industry and ‘timeshare exit’ companies.

Pagan politics are not as uniform (or liberal) as you think

By Heather Greene — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — One of the few formal surveys of this understudied religious population found pagans' political leanings to be hard to pin down.

One year after George Floyd’s murder, faith leaders continue the call for racial reckoning

By RNS staff — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy were often front and center in the year’s racial justice protests, and their clarion call not only to politicians but also to religious leaders sparked a racial reckoning within churches, synagogues and mosques.

Arrest made in suspected antisemitic attack in LA as Jewish community remains on edge

By Alejandra Molina — May 24, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Xavier Pabon, 30, was taken into custody around 10:15 p.m. Friday (May 21) and was released on $275,000 bond early Sunday, according to jail records.

Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago reinstates Rev. Michael Pfleger after past sex abuse allegations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 24, 2021
CHICAGO (RNS) — The Rev. Michael Pfleger, 71, will return to his position as senior pastor of the Faith Community of St. Sabina in Chicago on June 5, according to a letter from Cardinal Blase Cupich.

Jewish camp for adults attracts a growing set of young people more ‘ish’ than ‘Jew’

By Yonat Shimron — May 21, 2021
(RNS) — Trybal Gatherings reconnect 20- and 30-year-olds with other Jews their age at a time when many skip any kind of religious institutional connection.

‘Religion entered into me’: A talk with Jane Goodall, winner of the 2021 Templeton Prize

By Yonat Shimron — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — The celebrated primatologist is only the fourth woman to win the prize, established to honor those who use science to explore humankind’s place and purpose in the universe.

At Vatican, Kerry appeals to pope’s ‘moral authority’ to combat climate change

By Claire Giangravé — May 17, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — President Joe Biden's special envoy for climate issues praised the pontiff for his leadership and advocacy for the environment, noting Francis has ‘been ahead of the curve’ when it comes to pressing the importance of caring for creation.
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