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Archbishop of Canterbury: UK migration bill is morally wrong

By Sylvia Hui — May 10, 2023
LONDON (AP) — The legislation bars asylum claims by anyone who reaches the U.K. by unauthorized means, and compels officials to deport refugees and migrants 'to their home country or a safe third country.' Once deported, they would be banned from ever re-entering the U.K.

Ousted Caritas chief denounces Vatican ‘power grab’

By Nicole Winfield — May 9, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the organization readies to elect his successor, the deposed chief of the Catholic aid group broke his silence, saying the Vatican’s decision to fire 'discredited the church and one of its jewels'.

Kansas City prophet calls for 21-day fast and prayer for ‘salvation of Israel’

By Yonat Shimron — May 8, 2023
(RNS) — Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer Kansas City has launched a 21-day fast and prayer intended to hasten Jesus' return.

Lebanon’s unique religious diversity is under threat

By Knox Thames — May 8, 2023
(RNS) — The influx of more than 1 million Syrian refugees, hyperinflation and government impotency have created existential challenges.

Kenyan pastor suspected in cult deaths to remain jailed

By Evelyne Musambi — May 8, 2023
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The pastor faces possible terror-related charges in the deaths of more than 100 his congregants, many of whom are believed to have starved to death.

Ancient Knights of Malta get their 1st non-aristocratic head

By Nicole Winfield — May 5, 2023
ROME (AP) — John Dunlap was born in Ottawa and practices law in New York. He found his vocation to the Knights in the 1980s while volunteering with AIDS patients at the Cardinal Cooke Medical Center in Harlem, where he has continued to volunteer.

Vatican No 2 confirms Russia-Ukraine peace mission plans

By Nicole Winfield — May 5, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See's No. 2 official confirmed Wednesday (May 5) the existence of a Vatican peace “mission” to try to end Russia's war in Ukraine, days after Pope Francis raised eyebrows with an offhand revelation of a secret operation that was already underway.

The last Christian king?

By Jacob Lupfer — May 5, 2023
(RNS) — How inclusive can something be and still be considered Christian?

The Muslim prayer hall that may spark the next Israeli-Palestinian battle

By Daoud Kuttab — May 4, 2023
(RNS) — In Jerusalem, small frictions can escalate quickly if the causes are not addressed.

Whimsical cathedrals and spiritual portals: The architecture of Paul Goesch

By Emma Ryan — May 3, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (RNS) — Goesch, a German expressionist architect and spiritualist, is having his first dedicated exhibition outside of Europe.

Repression of women points to worsening religious freedom trends abroad

By Nury Turkel and Abraham Cooper — May 3, 2023
(RNS) — Denying religious freedom and women’s rights go hand-in-hand.

Yeshiva University spans Muslim/Jewish divide in new UAE-based conference

By Kathryn Post — May 2, 2023
(RNS) — The flagship Modern Orthodox university is joining the Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities in Dubai for the first conference of its kind.

Jews, Muslims, Sikhs get coronation role as king reaches out

By Danica Kirka — May 2, 2023
(AP) — Charles, the supreme governor of the Church of England, faces a very different country than the one that adoringly celebrated his mother’s coronation in 1953.

Pope speaks of secret peace ‘mission,’ help for Ukraine kids

By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — 'There’s a mission that’s not public that’s underway; when it’s public I’ll talk about it', the pope said.

In NC, a church network turns unused church buildings into homes for refugees

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — A glut of underutilized church properties offers a solution to the severe shortage of affordable housing for newly arrived refugees.
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