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Pope Francis is asking the US bishops to listen to the people. Will they?

By Phyllis Zagano — December 3, 2021

(RNS) — Only half of the US bishops appear interested in what the people of God think.

Atheists find community on YouTube — and in person

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — December 3, 2021

(RNS) — Three YouTube creators share how the platform has helped them share their personal stories and open up discussions on science and religious myths.

Plumber reportedly finds cash and checks in walls of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 3, 2021

(RNS) — Did a plumber just discover a new clue in a seven-year-old burglary case at the Houston-area megachurch?

After last year’s COVID closures, pilgrimages resume to honor Virgin of Guadalupe

By Alejandra Molina — December 3, 2021

(RNS) — This year, with more people vaccinated against COVID-19, Catholics across the country are once again gathering for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who has been a source of hope for many Latinos throughout the pandemic.

‘The Giving Manger’ launches new Christmas tradition — and 5 million acts of kindness

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 3, 2021

(RNS) — This Christmas, sisters Allison Hottinger and Lisa Kalberer are celebrating 5 million acts of kindness inspired by what they call ‘The Giving Manger.’

Pope Francis to take migrants and refugees in Cyprus to the Vatican

By Claire Giangravé — December 3, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Vatican announced 12 refugees and migrants in Cyprus and Greece will fly back to Rome with Pope Francis.

Why ‘sorcery’ was the fastest-growing search term on Bible Gateway in 2021

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 2, 2021

(RNS) — The Greek word ‘pharmakeia’ has appeared in debates over COVID-19 prevention measures, particularly opposition by some charismatic and evangelical Christians to vaccines against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Patriarch of Jerusalem’s edict puts unity on Holy Land’s Christmas in doubt

By Daoud Kuttab — December 2, 2021

(RNS) — Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on Dec. 25, and Easter according to the older Julian calendar.

Michael Bublé, Kris Jenner part of $40M investment in Christian meditation app Glorify

By Jessica Mundie — December 2, 2021

(RNS) — An app designed to bring users closer to God has received $40 million of Series A funding supported by a number of prominent celebrity investors.

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz seeks to be first Muslim elected to the US Senate

By Joseph Hammond — December 2, 2021

(RNS) — Besides Sufism, the mystical Islamic sect, Oz’s spiritual practices include transcendental meditation and elements of his wife’s Swedenborgian tradition.

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