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Friction over LGBTQ issues worsens in global Anglican church

By Chinedu Asadu, David Crary Of The Associated Press, and Catherine Pepinster Of Religion News Service — December 7, 2022
(AP/RNS) — The divide came into the spotlight four months ago at the communion’s Lambeth Conference, typically held once every decade to bring together bishops from the more than 165 countries.
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Catholic conflicts on marriage continue, even decades after Vatican II

By Joanne M. Pierce — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Catholics disagree over how to adapt the church’s doctrine and practices, especially marriage, to different cultures.

Confusion over Iran’s religious police as women drop hijab

By Jack Jeffery — December 6, 2022
(AP) — The morality police, established in 2005, are tasked with enforcing Iran’s restrictions on public behavior and strict dress codes — particularly on women, who are required to wear the hijab, or headscarf, and loose-fitting clothes.

Monsters, meditation and Marie Kondo: the religious roots of Japan’s ‘waste not’ ethic

By Kevin C. Taylor — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — The impact of centuries-old Shinto and Buddhist rituals and stories continues today.

Pope unveils Vatican Christmas tree, urging Christians to ‘stay rooted’ in Jesus

By Claire Giangravé — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — With its humility, the nativity scene is a reminder to step away from a 'consumeristic and commercial' Christmas, the pope said.

Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia

By Associated Press — December 5, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.

The US House passed another resolution on Iran. Here’s why it’s the right thing to do.

By James Samimi Farr — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — We often overlook the social cost of persecution and the power of international pressure.

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

By Nicole Winfield and Deng Machol — December 2, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The trip will not include a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east, but will fulfill a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan.

Vatican Swiss Guard slayings back in spotlight with new book

By Associated Press — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — The mother of a Swiss Guard member accused of fatally shooting his commander hopes the Vatican might be ready to acknowledge that its original investigation was flawed.

Holocaust survivors offered DNA tests to help find family

By Deepti Hajela — December 1, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York-based Center for Jewish History is launching the DNA Reunion Project, offering DNA testing kits for free through an application on its website.

China vows more ‘friendly consensus’ amid Vatican complaints

By Associated Press — November 29, 2022
BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and the Vatican are once again tangling over the prickly issue of appointing Chinese bishops.

Vatican opens new investigation, alleging disgraced cardinal secretly recorded Pope Francis

By Claire Giangravé — November 28, 2022
(RNS) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prosecutors say, secretly recorded a call with Pope Francis in which he seeks to avoid a trial on corruption charges.

Asian faiths try to save swastika symbol corrupted by Hitler

By Deepa Bharath — November 28, 2022
(AP) — The symbol is a millennia-old sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism that represents peace and good fortune, and was also used widely by Indigenous people worldwide in a similar vein.
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