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UN chief decries antisemitism, urges stand against hatred

By Edith M. Lederer — January 26, 2022
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was alarmed to learn recently that barely half of adults worldwide have heard of the Holocaust.
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Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

By Associated Press — January 24, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that he did attend a 1980 meeting at which the transfer of a pedophile priest to his then-diocese was discussed, saying an editorial error was responsible for his previous assertion that he wasn’t there. Authors of a report on sexual abuse between 1945 and 2019 in […]

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

By Marcos AlemÁn — January 24, 2022
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Pope Francis' envoy, Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, called the four models an example to all.

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

By Associated Press — January 24, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The group — including priests, religion teachers and administrative employees — publicly outed themselves, saying they want to live without fear.

Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

By Molly Jackson — January 24, 2022
(The Conversation) — A German report accused retired Pope Benedict XVI of mishandling several cases of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Here are a few of our related articles on the Catholic Church’s crisis.

When people of faith lie about Israel

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 23, 2022
(RNS) — Remember ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’? Some faith leaders need a brush-up.

Thích Nhất Hạnh, Zen master who preached compassion and nonviolence, dies

By Ira Rifkin — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — The Vietnamese Buddhist monk, described as 'the second most famous Buddhist in the world, after the Dalai Lama,' by one expert, founded a worldwide network of monastic centers.

My wife’s grandfather was executed for his Baha’i faith. Iran hasn’t changed enough.

By James Samimi Farr — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — As I watch the grim carousel that is the nuclear talks go round and round again, I think about all that may hinge on them, including, perhaps, the future of Iran’s religious and ethnic minorities.

Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as US ambassador to Vatican

By Associated Press — January 21, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved Donnelly for the position in a voice vote Thursday.

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

By Nicole Winfield — January 21, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis said the church was continuing to discern the way forward in the abuse scandal, which has discredited the Catholic hierarchy at the Vatican and around the world.

Russia jails more Jehovah’s Witnesses, prompting calls for ‘strong measures’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — More than 80 Jehovah’s Witnesses are imprisoned in Russia, including some awaiting trial and some detained after being convicted.

Top Presbyterian executive calls on US Jews to end ‘enslavement’ of Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — In his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson said he hoped U.S. Jews would influence the U.S. government in ‘ending the immoral enslavement’ of Palestinians.

Pope to soon declare 37th doctor of the church: St. Irenaeus

By Associated Press — January 20, 2022
ROME (AP) — A 2nd-century saint known as a bridge between eastern and western Christianity took another step Thursday toward being declared a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors in the Catholic Church.
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