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Cardinal Pell calls for more laity involvement in Vatican financial reform efforts

By Claire Giangravé — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — Lay men and women bring expertise and knowledge that the Vatican lacks, said Pope Francis’ former financial reform czar.

Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?

By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021

The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.

Biden’s transition team wanted to talk about religious freedom. Here’s what I told them.

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — What I said had as much to do with racial justice as religious freedom, as the two are inextricably linked.

Joanne Rogers, widow of ‘Mr. Rogers,’ dead at age 92

By Adelle M. Banks — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The longtime partner of Fred Rogers continued aiding organizations in Pittsburgh — where her husband’s program was produced — as recently as last year.

Houston woman faces historic indictment over female genital cutting

By Aysha Khan — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The indictment alleges Zahra Badri knowingly transported a minor from the U.S. for the purpose of female genital cutting in 2016.

Kirbyjon Caldwell, former presidential adviser who promoted ‘good success,’ sentenced to prison

By Bob Smietana — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — A former presidential adviser, Caldwell advocated for ‘good success’ — achieving financial and spiritual success while remaining moral.

Israel hopes to vaccinate Holocaust survivors to save and repay ‘treasured’ population

By Michele Chabin — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — An Israeli government initiative to help vaccinate Holocaust survivors around the world against COVID-19 is drawing praise for its intentions, but also skepticism.

LA clergy look to hold city officials responsible for allowing Sean Feucht’s Skid Row event

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — On Wednesday (Jan. 13), Clergy for Black Lives hosted a virtual news conference on Zoom to condemn the ‘white supremacist violence and heretical Christian prophecy’ in the nation’s capital and in downtown LA.

Anti-Semitism seen in Capitol attack raises alarms

By Elana Schor — January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two white nationalists known for racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric livestreamed to their online followers after breaking into the Capitol during the deadly insurrection.

What Americans believe about violence against the government

By Ryan Burge — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The relationship between partisanship and support for violence against government is clear. Church attendance does not appear to fuel the fire — nor tamp it down.

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