‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq
By Paul O'Donnell — February 28, 2021
(RNS) — The public health message a papal trip to Iraq sends amid a global pandemic is not advisable, health experts say.
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Latter-day Saint Charities donates $20 million to UNICEF’s Covid vaccination campaign
By Jana Riess — February 27, 2021
The donation is the single-largest gift from any private organization so far in UNICEF's efforts to fight the pandemic.
What’s in store for the Equality Act, and why do some religions want a revision?
By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Equality Act likely won't pass in the US Senate, as is. But if the Senate were to include religious exemptions, it might.
On late-night TV and bestseller lists, new books on prayer resonating with readers
By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — After a tumultuous year, several new books about prayer from popular Christian authors seem to be speaking to the moment.
Rick Warren pays tribute to Celebrate Recovery co-founder John Baker
By Bob Smietana — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The megachurch pastor said his longtime friend had impacted the lives of millions of people.
Malcolm X assassin’s deathbed letter the latest in new look at Muslim leader
By Joseph Hammond — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — New leads in Malcolm X's assassination appear just as popular culture and Muslims themselves assess his impact.
Latino churches in Los Angeles County will now serve as COVID-19 testing sites
By Alejandra Molina — February 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through a partnership with the county, Latino congregations now offering this service are St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Whittier and Centro de Vida Victoriosa, an Assemblies of God church in East LA.
Tish Harrison Warren, a rising star in Christian spiritual writing
By Jana Riess — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — Tish Harrison Warren's willingness to merge personal vulnerability with deep theological reflection has made her one of the most promising Christian spiritual writers of her generation.
Seeing Pope Francis in the Argentine priest made a cardinal 20 years ago
By Paul O'Donnell — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The ideas Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio carried with him to Rome have become the pillars of his papacy.
There was a time reparations were actually paid out – just not to formerly enslaved people
By Roxanne Stone — February 26, 2021
(The Conversation) — This time the benefits would go to the Black descendants of the enslaved, not to enslavers and their offspring.
The pope’s Iraq visit will make headlines. Can it make life better for religious minorities?
By Paul O'Donnell — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — A sense of foreboding plagues efforts to return Christians and Yazidis to their homelands.
Texas church helps mosque damaged after snowstorm
By Joseph Hammond — February 25, 2021
(RNS) — The church’s gesture has brought condemnation from talk radio hosts who chided the Methodists in a segment that included Islamophobic rhetoric.
Why a Catholic journalist is urging the church to engage Black Lives Matter
By Alejandra Molina — February 25, 2021
(RNS) — In her book, ‘Birth of a Movement,’ Olga Marina Segura highlights how the Black Lives Matter movement ‘is the secular version of our Catholic social teaching.’