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Police officer says Jan. 6 insurrectionists ‘perceived themselves to be Christians’

By Jack Jenkins — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I saw the Christian flag directly to my front,’ recounted police officer Daniel Hodges. ‘Another read ‘Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.’’
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Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’

By Whitney Bauck — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — The host of ‘On Being’ makes a case for embracing new forms of digitally mediated spiritual practice.

Karadima, priest defrocked for sexual abuses, dies in Chile

By Associated Press — July 27, 2021
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who was at the center of a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, has died at 90.

Rolling Stone’s publisher planned to convert a Black church into his home, but residents fought back to preserve it

By Alejandra Molina — July 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'We just could not allow it to fall into the hands of someone who didn’t have the religious respect of the community,' said Naomi Nightingale.

Billy Graham’s grandson Jonathan Lotz, son of Anne Graham Lotz, in hospital with COVID-19

By Adelle M. Banks — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Pray he will not have to go on a ventilator,’ his mother asked on social media, ‘and that his health will be fully restored.’

Historic Vatican trial may change Catholic Church’s finances forever

By Claire Giangravé — July 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A historic trial of 10 companies and individuals, including a cardinal, on charges including corruption and fraud may reconfigure everything about how the Vatican runs its finances.

Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church

By Mark Thiessen — July 26, 2021
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation.

28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria

By Sam Olukoya, By Ibrahim Garba — July 26, 2021
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from Bethel Baptist High School.

New Hampshire bishop denies allegations of past sexual abuse

By Associated Press — July 26, 2021
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester of abusing a male youth on numerous occasions in 1983 and 1984.

Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

At Tokyo Olympics, even faith events look different as COVID spikes. Here’s how.

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Religious services for residents of the Olympic Village will be provided virtually due to the pandemic, but Christian evangelistic organizations aren’t letting COVID-19 dampen their efforts at reaching the Japanese.

La Luz del Mundo congregants ‘frightened’ after attempted burglary and shooting at two temples

By Alejandra Molina — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — These incidents occurred as the trial is set to begin on Sept. 27 for Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of La Luz del Mundo, who faces numerous sex charges.

RNS News Quiz: Ben & Jerry’s and Wally Funk

By Emily Churchill — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.
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