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Bill legalizing abortion passed in pope’s native Argentina

By Almudena Calatrava, Débora Rey — December 30, 2020

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is the largest Latin American country to legalize abortion and the vote was being closely watched.

Top German Catholic bishop urges shift on women’s ordination, homosexuality

By Jack Jenkins — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Limburg Bishop Georg Bätzing referred to ‘well-developed arguments in theology in favor of opening up the sacramental ministry to women as well.’

Survey: UK teens are more likely than millennials to believe in God

By Jack Jenkins — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — The number is up from January, suggesting some may have embraced a belief in God during the pandemic.

Pope Francis strips Vatican Secretariat of State of assets in reform move

By Claire Giangravé — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — While the Secretariat of State’s power will still be considerable, the new decree increases the power of other Vatican agencies.

Each year 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

By Kathy Gannon — December 28, 2020

(AP) — The conversions, which pave the way for underage, non-consensual marriages, have accelerated during lockdowns against the coronavirus, human rights activists say.

Pope on Christmas: Vaccines for all; needy, vulnerable first

By Frances D'Emilio — December 25, 2020

(AP) — With the world suffering an ecological and economic crises on top of the pandemic, Francis said, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters.”

How the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation got included in Congress’ $900 billion relief bill

By Paul O'Donnell — December 24, 2020

(RNS) — The bill’s concern with reincarnation is aimed at reining in China’s meddling in Tibet’s religious affairs.

How much longer will the Middle East celebrate Christmas?

By Knox Thames — December 24, 2020

(RNS) — The birthplace of Christianity may soon be uninhabitable for its believers without reforms to help them survive.

Despite COVID-19, economic downturns, religious charities working overseas keep the faith

By Bob Smietana — December 22, 2020

(RNS) — With declining numbers of volunteers and donors, global faith-based aid organizations are looking beyond their traditional sources of support.

Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine

By Victoria Milko — December 21, 2020

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Questions about stabilizers that use pork products — banned by some religious groups — have raised concerns about the possibility of disrupted immunization campaigns.

Christians in Holy Land face bleak Christmas season due to COVID-19

By Michele Chabin — December 18, 2020

(RNS) — A usually festive and economically important time for the Holy Land’s tiny Christian minority has been changed with an absence of pilgrims.

Cardinal Pell, publicizing new book, forgives enemies, praises Trump

By Claire Giangravé — December 17, 2020

(RNS) — Forgiveness is a recurring theme of the former Vatican official’s prison journal, and he told reporters that if anyone in the Vatican meant him harm, ‘I will pray for them.’

Christmas holiday bus attacks in Kenya bring condemnation from Christian and Muslim leaders

By Fredrick Nzwili — December 16, 2020

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Christian and Muslim leaders have stepped up interfaith dialogue in hopes of reining in the bus attacks and other threats to the border region’s small Christian community.

Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says Biden will need to ‘rebuild trust’ with Palestinians

By Claire Giangravé — December 15, 2020

(RNS) — Years of being shunted aside by U.S. policy have taken their toll, said the spiritual leader of Latin rite Catholics in the Middle East.

Vatican unveils nativity scene and lights up tree for Christmas

By Claire Giangravé — December 11, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘Christmas reminds us that Jesus is our peace, our joy, our strength, our comfort,’ Pope Francis said at the Vatican’s traditional lighting ceremony, Friday (Dec. 11).

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