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In lengthy debate, bishops wrangle over politics and ‘Eucharistic consistency’

By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We are the shepherds and teachers of these elected officials,’ one bishop declared.

J.D. Greear’s legacy as Southern Baptist president: Grappling with abuse, pushing diversity

By Adelle M. Banks — June 17, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — ‘Wish we could have seen more progress on responding to abuse, and current revelations reveal we still have farther to go,’ he told RNS.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, others encourage US to rebuild refugee resettlement ahead of World Refugee Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 17, 2021

(RNS) — ‘A system that took 40 years to build was devastated in just four years,’ said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Catholics for Choice looks to reach more Latinos with new Spanish-language platforms

By Alejandra Molina — June 17, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Anti-abortion legislation disproportionately impacts people of color and particularly immigrants,’ said Jamie Manson, president of Catholics for Choice.

Catholic sculptor wishes to restore Catholic credibility amid modern evils

By Claire Giangravé — June 17, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — From Dante’s Inferno to human trafficking, a Catholic sculptor reminds the faithful that evil is real.

Catholic House Democrats prepare to send bishops ‘statement of principles’ on Communion vote

By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2021

(RNS) — The vote alone will likely have implications for both the American church and President Joe Biden, a Catholic.

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis

By Catherine Pepinster — June 17, 2021

LONDON (RNS) — ‘Appointment as prime minister is the completion of the Catholic stealth minority’s rise to influence,’ said one historian.

How Israel’s missing constitution deepens divisions between Jews and with Arabs

By Brendan Szendro — June 17, 2021

(The Conversation) — Governed by a changeable body of ‘basic laws,’ Israel never settled basic questions like the rights of religious minorities. These destabilizing issues will continue to fester under a new government.

Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

By Colleen Slevin — June 17, 2021

DENVER (AP) — While Jack Phillips said he could not make the cake because of its message, the judge said the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech.

Black community has new option for health care: the church

By Carrie Antlfinger — June 17, 2021

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Some Black church leaders want to extend their efforts beyond the fight against COVID-19 and give their flocks a place to seek health care for other ailments at a place they trust — the church.

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