RNS Morning Report: Muslim Refugee at Harvard; Pope Francis' Africa Visit; Catholic Social Teaching

Ismail Ajjawi. Photo courtesy of United Nations Relief and Works Agency via YouTube

Need to know: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Back to School

Muslim refugee teen previously blocked from US arrives on Harvard campus

The organization that granted the teen a scholarship said that the U.S. Embassy in Beirut had reissued a visa for him after reviewing his case. More from Religion News Service

Peace, Climate & Pluralism

Pope Francis to address conflict, climate in Africa in three-country visit

A top Vatican official described Africa as 'a laboratory for integral development' — a term that in this papacy refers to a sustainable society based on precepts in a 2015 papal encyclical on the environment. More from Religion News Service


It's time to reclaim the pro-worker history of Catholic social teaching

Bishops and other influential Catholics should be at the front of the line when laborers strike to demand just wages, writes John Gehring. More from Religion News Service

Articles of Faith

We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine

Seeing oneness in difference is the only way I know for us to move beyond our supremacies and to begin treating one another as equals, writes Simran Jeet Singh. More from Religion News Service


By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats' continuing God gap

If they want to win back the White House, Democrats need to reach Christian voters. At least on social media, Democratic candidates are failing to do so, writes Ryan Burge. More from Religion News Service

Acknowledging Harm Done

Conversion therapy center founder who sought to turn LGBTQ Christians straight says he’s gay, rejects ‘cycle of self shame’

After 20 years working in that field, McKrae Game said he realizes the harm he has caused and that he, himself, is gay. Conversion therapy encompasses a widely discredited range of methods that purport to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. More from The Washington Post🔒




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