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Jewish philanthropist Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 stolen antiquities

By Yonat Shimron — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — In return, Steinhardt, co-founder of Birthright Israel, an organization that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel, will not face criminal charges for illegally smuggling the items.
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Why Mississippi’s abortion law argues for passing Build Back Better

By Charles C. Camosy — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — Biden's signature proposal supports a 'whole life revolution' in favor of pre- and post-natal justice.

Both sides planning for new state-by-state abortion fight

By Ashraf Khalil — December 6, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides seem to be operating on the assumption that a court reshaped by former President Donald Trump will either overturn or seriously weaken Roe.

Pope Francis is asking the US bishops to listen to the people. Will they?

By Phyllis Zagano — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Only half of the US bishops appear interested in what the people of God think.

Atheists find community on YouTube — and in person

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Three YouTube creators share how the platform has helped them share their personal stories and open up discussions on science and religious myths.

Michael Bublé, Kris Jenner part of $40M investment in Christian meditation app Glorify

By Jessica Mundie — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — An app designed to bring users closer to God has received $40 million of Series A funding supported by a number of prominent celebrity investors.

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz seeks to be first Muslim elected to the US Senate

By Joseph Hammond — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Besides Sufism, the mystical Islamic sect, Oz's spiritual practices include transcendental meditation and elements of his wife's Swedenborgian tradition.

Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House

By Associated Press — December 2, 2021
Speaking to more than 150 guests, Biden sought to draw parallels between his presidency and the eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees.

Cornerstone University’s new president is under fire. His former colleagues see a pattern.

By Kathryn Post — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Former Regent employees named at least 40 faculty, staff and administrators who were forced to exit during Moreno-Riaño’s tenure at Regent University.

Report: Holocaust denial persists on Facebook one year after push to stanch it

By Yonat Shimron — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — The ADL found that while dedicated Holocaust denial groups have been removed from the platform, public and private groups as well as personal profiles still contain links to such sources.

Why Mississippi’s anti-abortion law is also an assault on LGBTQ+ rights

By Danya Ruttenberg — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Dodd v. Jackson Women’s Health is important to anyone who wants autonomy over their body.

Abortion debate epicenter: Mississippi clinic stays open

By Emily Wagster Pettus — December 1, 2021
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court early Wednesday ahead of the arguments, their opposing positions marked by signs that included “Her Body Her Choice” and “God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood.”

Indigenous video game streamers advocate for representation and education

By Jessica Mundie — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — On video game streaming platforms, Indigenous gamers are sharing their unique cultures and spirituality with the intent to educate and empower other content creators.
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