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In Kazakhstan, Pope Francis is expected to appeal for peace in Ukraine

By Claire Giangravé — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — The head of the Orthodox Church in Moscow, Patriarch Kirill, will not be attending the interfaith meeting with the pope.

At World Council of Churches gathering, Russian church keeps its membership

By Jack Jenkins — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — The 11th assembly of the World Council of Churches approved a statement on Thursday (Sept. 8) regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse

By Yonat Shimron and Bob Smietana — September 9, 2022
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (RNS) — Now one of the largest US nonprofits, its growth has come largely through frontline work in public health crises and natural disasters around the world. 

Half of Japan governing lawmakers tied to Unification Church

By Mari Yamaguchi — September 9, 2022
TOKYO (AP) — An internal survey found that nearly half of Japan's lawmakers have ties to the Unification Church, in a widening controversy that emerged after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Elizabeth II, longest to rule Britain and Church of England, dies at 96

By Catherine Pepinster — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — While bearing the title of Supreme Governor of Britain's established church, Elizabeth let her bishops manage its affairs. But in recent years she had spoken openly about her faith, explaining how it provided the framework of her life.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s tragic legacy in the Russian Orthodox Church

By John P. Burgess — September 7, 2022
(RNS) — The Russian leader ended 70 years of repression of the Russian Orthodox Church but opened the way for other faith groups.

Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas

By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Dake Kang — September 7, 2022
BANGKOK (AP) — The story of the exile of the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church illustrates how the Chinese government is going to increasing lengths to control religious faith and its citizens, even far outside its borders.

Egypt demands Netflix, others adhere to ‘societal values’

By Associated Press — September 7, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — According to a statement from the Egyptian government on Wednesday, streaming services should comply with “societal principles and values of the country” they are streaming in.

Serbia Orthodox church head publicly supports EuroPride ban

By Jovana Gec — September 7, 2022
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's Orthodox Church head said he is supporting a ban on the pan-European LGBTQ event EuroPride, which is due to take place in Belgrade next week.

Jesuits remain in Mexican mountains after priests’ killings

By Fabiola SÁnchez — September 6, 2022
(AP) — Despite the killings of two priests and continuing safety concerns, the Jesuit order dismissed any idea of closing its mission in the Tarahumara Mountains of Chihuahua state

John Paul I, briefly serving, ‘smiling” pope, is beatified

By Frances D'emilio — September 6, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Paul I, the pontiff recognized for his humility and cheerfulness, and whose abrupt death shocked the world, was beatified on Sunday by Pope Francis.

Greek officials, Church, condemn ex-bishop’s remarks on rape

By Associated Press — September 6, 2022
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church and several politicians condemned retired bishop Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni for his "inconceivable" comments on rape and abuse victims.

The world needs to make China pay for its maltreatment of the Uyghurs

By Omar Suleiman — September 3, 2022
(RNS) — It's time to challenge China's economic hegemony to force its compliance on human rights.

Rushdie’s right to blasphemy, not free speech, was attacked at Chautauqua

By Samir Kalra — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — Failure to confront religious blasphemy laws will only lead to more violence like the Rushdie attack.

She was an early church deacon. Catholic women now want to reclaim her example.

By Yonat Shimron — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — On Saturday (Sept. 3), 56 pilgrims from four countries will gather in Mexico City to celebrate St. Phoebe’s feast day and consider how they might urge the church to reclaim the diaconate for women.
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