Vatican, other faith leaders join in push for end of death penalty in Louisiana

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2023

(RNS) — ‘We think that the clearing of Louisiana’s death row would be a monumental step towards the abolition of the death penalty,’ Vatican agency head said.

Trump, once ‘most pro-life president,’ riles anti-abortion activists with new stance

By Jack Jenkins — September 29, 2023

‘President Trump’s disappointing comments only serve as an avenue for pro-lifers to find another candidate to support,’ said anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.

Seattle Pacific University targets LGBTQ displays with new policy, say critics

By Kathryn Post — September 29, 2023

(RNS) — The new display policy permits freedom of expression within faculty and staff offices.

Photos of the Week: Ethiopian New Year; Prophet Muhammad’s birthday

By Kit Doyle — September 29, 2023

(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes the Ethiopian New Year, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and more.

Critics of Pope Francis won’t rain on synod’s parade, says papal envoy to US

By Claire Giangravé — September 29, 2023

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While conservative opposition to Francis and the synod often gets the limelight, it represents a small fraction of American clergy, said Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

The fruit of the Spirit is not optional, despite what you might witness online

By Karen Swallow Prior — September 29, 2023

(RNS) — Before social media, I honestly never knew people who claimed to be Christians would treat one another with such cruelty.

Dozens dead after blast in southwestern Pakistan at a rally celebrating birthday of Islam’s prophet

By Abdul Sattar — September 29, 2023

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Around 500 people had gathered for a procession from the mosque to celebrate the birth of the prophet, known as Mawlid an-Nabi.

The real threat of AI isn’t what you think

By Charles C. Camosy — September 29, 2023

(RNS) — AI has the capacity to undermine our understanding of the human person.

Inspired by llamas, the desert and Mother Earth, these craftswomen weave sacred textiles

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — September 29, 2023

COLCHANE, Chile (AP) — Among the 3 million Aymaras who live along the borders of Chile, Perú and Bolivia, the Earth is known as “Pachamama.”

Soccer player Paulinho won’t let intolerance of his Afro-Brazilian religion stop his faith

By Mauricio Savarese — September 29, 2023

LAGOA SANTA, Brazil (AP) — Academics and religious-freedom advocates say that Afro-Brazilian religions are sometimes demonized in neo-Pentecostal churches.

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