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Pope Francis admitted to hospital with respiratory infection

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 29, 2023
ROME (RNS)  — The Vatican clarified that it was not COVID-19 but it would ‘require several days of appropriate medical treatment at the hospital.’
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It’s Lord Ram’s birthday this week. Here’s why he’ll be remembered in six faiths.

By Murali Balaji — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — This week, millions will mark the birth of one of the most iconic figures in global lore.

India has turned a manhunt into mass repression. Journalists need to ask why.

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 27, 2023
(RNS) — As several countries slide toward fascism, journalists' questions become more necessary and urgent.

Francis is the first Jesuit pope – here’s how that has shaped his 10-year papacy

By Timothy Gabrielli — March 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — ‘I see the church as a field hospital,’ Pope Francis once said – not a place where superficial solutions will do much good.

Jehovah’s Witnesses mourn victims of Hamburg shooting

By Kirsten Grieshaber — March 27, 2023
BERLIN (AP) — “We are speechless in the face of the violence and brutality. There’s no word for this,” said Dirk Ciupek, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Israel’s Reform rabbi and legislator on judicial overhaul: ‘It doesn’t look good.’

By Yonat Shimron — March 20, 2023
(RNS) — Gilad Kariv, who serves on the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, said he wants American Jews to help protect Israel’s democracy.

Ukraine’s Hare Krishnas survive war by Zoom and serving neighbors

By Tori Luecking — March 20, 2023
(RNS) — Many of the estimated 15,000 Hare Krishnas who call Ukraine home have continued their daily practice and serve their neighbors, even as several temples have been damaged or destroyed and their communities scattered.

Bitter infighting threatens Kenya’s Methodist Church

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 20, 2023
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — At the center of a controversy that has been unfolding since 2015 is Presiding Bishop Joseph Ntombura.

London property scandal was a ‘Via Crucis,’ says archbishop at Vatican trial

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 17, 2023
ROME (RNS) — 'If the Lord fell three times, we fell six times,' said Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra during his testimony at the 51st session of the Vatican financial trial.

Another religious leader marks 10 years of trying to find peace on LGBTQ

By Jacob Lupfer — March 17, 2023
(RNS) — Can the Archbishop of Canterbury hold the Anglican Communion together?

Nazi orders for Jews to wear a star were hateful, but far from unique – a historian traces the long history of antisemitic badges

By Flora Cassen — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — Badges and other wearable markings had a long history of being used to target Jewish people in Europe.

Pope Francis at 10 years: A reformer’s learning curve

By Nicole Winfield — March 13, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope who once envisioned a papacy of 'two or three' years shows no signs of slowing down.

Robots are performing Hindu rituals — some devotees fear they’ll replace worshippers

By Holly Walters — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — The use of AI and robotic technology in worship is raising profound questions about its long-term consequences. Will it lead to the betterment of society or replace practitioners?
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