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Pope rejects German cardinal’s resignation, urges reform

By Associated Press — June 10, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis refused to accept the resignation and told Marx in a letter he must continue as archbishop.
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‘All-in’ Buddhist practice combines meditation and martial arts

By Liz Kineke — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Athletic types are drawn to Rinzai Zen training's physical demands. They stay for the Japanese flute.

Confessions of a reluctant Hindu

By Bidisha Biswas — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Is it possible to be a Hindu and reject caste? For me, the answer is yes. Hinduism is a living religion, and Hindus can reform their religion by the very act of living out the changes we seek.

Trudeau denounces truck attack that targeted Muslim family

By Rob Gillies — June 8, 2021
TORONTO (AP) — The victims — two parents, two children and a grandmother — were on an evening walk when the truck struck them at an intersection in London, Ontario.

Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence

By Ilan Ben Zion, David Goldman — June 8, 2021
LOD, Israel (AP) — The roots of the recent upheavals that racked Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab cities during the war have not been addressed, leaving those communities on edge.

Iranian politician, Hezbollah founder, dies of COVID-19

By Joseph Hammond — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — Mohtashamipour, 74, was one of the last living members of a generation of Iranians who played essential roles in the founding of Iran’s largely theocratic state.

Communion ban for pro-choice politicians is an old story, but the stakes have grown

By Claire Giangravé — June 7, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While this debate has happened before, the context in the US Catholic church and its dynamic with the Vatican have changed.

Italian nun slain by 3 teen girls beatified as martyr

By Associated Press — June 7, 2021
ROME (AP) — Hours before the beatification ceremony in northern Italy, Pope Francis praised Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and described her killers as 'prisoners of evil.'

Popular Nigerian televangelist T.B. Joshua dies at 57

By Sam Olukoya — June 7, 2021
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Joshua was noted for making predictions and for his claims to cure various ailments and to make people prosper through miracles.

Trudeau wants Vatican apology for church-run school abuses

By Rob Gillies — June 5, 2021
(AP) — Trudeau called on the church to “step up” and take responsibility after years of silence.

Faith groups press Biden to evacuate US-affiliated Afghans alongside troops

By Jack Jenkins — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — 'We view this as a ticking time bomb,' said one signer of the letter.

Kenyan woman ‘marries’ the Holy Spirit in Anglican ceremony

By Fredrick Nzwili — June 4, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A man who said he is her husband viewed the most recent ceremony differently: “There are not two marriages here. She is my wife.”

“Dead end”: German cardinal offers to quit over church abuse

By Nicole Winfield, Kirsten Grieshaber — June 4, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to resign as archbishop Friday over the Catholic Church's mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring that the church had arrived at “a dead end."
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