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Outlawing Ben & Jerry’s boycott is a distraction that makes antisemitism harder to fight

By Nancy H. Wiener and Lester Bronstein — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — Ben & Jerry’s principled decision is an objection to occupation, not to the existence of Israel.
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Fat liberationists celebrate fat bodies in religious community

By Kathryn Post — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A small but growing group of religious fat liberationists opposes fat phobia in all its forms.

Pope Francis likens European efforts to ‘cancel Christmas’ to dictatorship

By Claire Giangravé — December 6, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis commented on a leaked EU document, accusing it of trying to 'cancel Christmas' and calling it a form of 'ideological colonization.'

African faith leaders combat misleading theologies that promise cures for COVID-19

By Fredrick Nzwili — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A series of symposiums aims to educate clergy and unify their churches against faith healing and other practices.

Police kill Palestinian attacker after Jerusalem stabbing

By Joseph Krauss — December 6, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Large numbers of security forces were deployed to the area, where they briefly clashed with a crowd of young Palestinians before dispersing them with tear gas and stun grenades.

Pope says he removed Paris archbishop because of gossip

By Nicole Winfield — December 6, 2021
(AP) — French media reports also cited governance problems as a possible reason underlying Francis’ decision.

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.

Patriarch of Jerusalem’s edict puts unity on Holy Land’s Christmas in doubt

By Daoud Kuttab — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on Dec. 25, and Easter according to the older Julian calendar.

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.

Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship resigns

By Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson — December 2, 2021
Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke.”

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.

4 women sue Orthodox Union and its youth group, alleging sex abuse by rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — They allege that Rabbi Baruch Lanner abused them on youth retreats beginning in the 1970s and that the Orthodox Union, which employed him, did nothing.

Kyrgyzstan is expected to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses publications for ‘extremism’

By Kathryn Post — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — The ban would mark the first time that the country has taken an official stance against the religious group.
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