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As billionaires grow richer, children go to sleep hungry

By Diane Randall — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — We must adjust a tax code that bends over backward for the extremely wealthy while treating those who struggle as a burden.

From hajj to Italian Jews: Egypt’s national dish has a mixed heritage

By Joseph Hammond — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — Unlike the national dish of other nations, the origins of Koshari are much disputed, and it may have come to Egypt by way of religious minorities.

This Simchat Torah, one ancient Czech scroll has returned to its country of origin

By Yonat Shimron — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — Jewish life was nearly extinguished by the Nazis. But because of a historical quirk, Czech Jewish liturgical objects, such as Torah scrolls, survived. Now, one such scroll has made it back.

Cardinal Raymond Burke says his recovery slow after COVID-19

By Todd Richmond — September 27, 2021

As he recuperates, he has urged the public to pray for his recovery, the world and the church.

Russia declares groups linked to Church of Scientology as ‘undesirable’

By Alejandra Molina — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — The Prosecutor General’s Office on Friday (Sept. 24) said the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology “pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation.”

Resettling Afghan evacuees will be a mammoth job. Churches will be essential.

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — A model from Connecticut may be the answer.

Canadian Catholic bishops apologize for residential schools

By Associated Press — September 27, 2021

The Catholic bishops in Canada are promising to provide documents that may help “memorialize” students buried in unmarked graves, work on getting the Pope to visit Canada, and raise money to help fund initiatives recommended by local Indigenous partners.

Led by ‘Father Revolutionary,’ Indigenous Guatemalans turn to Orthodox Christianity

By David I. Klein — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — Spurred by the conversion of a beloved former Catholic priest, Orthodox Christian communities have popped up in some 120 villages across northern Guatemala and southern Mexico.

San Marino women’s rights groups hail abortion vote

By Francesco Fedeli, Nicole Winfield — September 27, 2021

SAN MARINO (AP) — Women’s rights activists are cheering after San Marino, a tiny republic of 33,000 people nestled in central Italy, became the latest Catholic state to legalize abortion, saying the overwhelming “yes” vote would bring the microstate into the 21st century. Some 77% of the 14,384 votes cast Sunday favored making abortion legal […]

Five rules for disagreeing with the pope

By Thomas Reese — September 27, 2021

(RNS) — We are all cafeteria Catholics. The real question is how we avoid a food fight in the cafeteria.

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