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Man or robot? Justin Baldoni takes on toxic masculinity in a new book

By Paul O'Donnell — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'You can be masculine,' said the film director and 'Jane the Virgin' actor, 'but not at the expense of your humanity.'
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Vatican prelate says individual bishops have final say on Communion

By Claire Giangravé — May 6, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘It’s not up to bishops in general to make these decisions. It’s the bishop of the person,’ said Cardinal Michael Czerny. But at least one canon lawyer argues that when it comes to Communion for heads of state, it should really be up to the pope himself.

Josh Duggar released with strict conditions as he awaits trial on possession of child sexual abuse materials

By Roxanne Stone — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — During the virtual hearing, a federal agent said the images downloaded on Duggar’s computer were among ‘the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’

Six arrested in burglary of an Arkansas Buddhist temple, in what may be a nationwide spree

By Yonat Shimron — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — A string of Buddhist temple burglaries has taken place in the last month, including in Southern California, Arizona, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

Politicizing Biden’s faith is pastoral malpractice

By John Gehring — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.

Giving while Muslim: How Ramadan philanthropy has changed from 9/11 to COVID-19

By Muhi Khwaja — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Twenty years after 9/11, American Muslims’ giving priorities have shifted to funding civil rights and social justice movements at home.

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.

Tree of Life names renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to design synagogue complex

By Yonat Shimron — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Libeskind, the architect behind such high-profile designs as New York’s ground zero site plan and Berlin’s Jewish Museum, is the son of Holocaust survivors.

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.

Abraham Joshua Heschel was a spiritual radical. A new documentary shows he’s more timely than ever

By Yonat Shimron — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — A Polish-born Jew from a long line of Hasidic rabbis, he immigrated to America in 1940 and quickly rose to become a leading public intellectual — a civil rights crusader, a champion of interfaith dialogue and an opponent of the Vietnam War.

Stopping sexual harassment where religious communities meet

By Azza Karam, Audrey E. Kitagawa, Cassandra Lawrence, Katherine Marshall — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — The interfaith movement will become irrelevant if it does more to protect reputations than keep leaders accountable.

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.

Ahead of Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral, North Carolina clergy cry out for justice

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2021
(RNS) — For North Carolina clergy, the killing of an unarmed Black man by law enforcement is personal.
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