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Scandal-plagued Catholic hospital’s story reads like a guide to Vatican turmoil

By Claire Giangravé — November 23, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A tale of mismanagement and corruption that typifies the financial scandals currently swirling around the church.

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Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West

By Ken Chitwood — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks taught Judaism to the world

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — You know that whole ‘light to the nations’ thing? That was Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. His memory is a blessing.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who brought Judaism to a global audience, dies

By Yonat Shimron — November 8, 2020

(RNS) — The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom won a large audience for his ability to reconcile the particularities of Judaism with universal concerns.

Pope Francis attempts to tackle sexual abuse globally and in his own backyard

By Claire Giangravé — November 5, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — This ongoing clergy sex abuse trial at the Vatican will be a litmus test for the efficacy of Pope Francis’ reforms.

Pope Francis talks about Benedict, criticism and life after COVID-19 in new interview

By Claire Giangravé — October 30, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a wide-ranging interview with an Italian news agency published Friday (Oct. 30), Francis said he believes ‘criticism to be constructive’ and a ‘guide in my journey on everything, on everyone.’

After Nice attacks, Pope Francis and French Catholics call for peace with Muslims

By Claire Giangravé — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Catholic community in France must not give in to sterile anger,’ said one French lay church leader, ‘but must also have the courage to name and denounce evil.’

3 dead in attack at French church; country on high alert

By Lori Hinnant — October 29, 2020

PARIS (AP) — It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists.

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask

By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.

In battleground states, American Jews prefer Biden over Trump by a wide margin

By Yonat Shimron — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — A pair of surveys of likely Jewish voters in Florida and Pennsylvania shows that former Vice President Joe Biden has a massive lead over Donald Trump.

Pope Francis voices support of civil unions for LGBTQ couples in new documentary

By Claire Giangravé — October 21, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,’ the pope said in an interview for the documentary ‘Francesco.’ Francis also suggested the need for ‘a civil union law,’ in a departure from official church teaching.

French police operations underway after beheading of teacher

By Associated Press — October 19, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher.

Clergy shortage grows to more than 3k Catholics for every priest, Vatican data shows

By Claire Giangravé — October 16, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The reasons for the steady hemorrhage of Catholic clergy worldwide are varied, from secularization to the church’s ongoing sexual and financial scandals. And the COVID-19 pandemic has brought its own challenges.

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