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Video from priest says Catholics who vote for Democrats will go to hell. One bishop approves this message.

A Texas bishop has endorsed a video that claims Catholics who vote Democratic will go to hell.

Longtime professor Jim Spiegel out at Taylor University after 'Little Hitler' video

James Spiegel, a longtime professor at Taylor University, is out — reportedly after posting a video of a song he’d written titled ‘Little Hitler’ on YouTube.

COVID vaccine trial includes Black Christian university presidents

The two presidents encouraged members of their academic communities and other institutions to take part in a COVID-19 vaccine study.

RNS Opinion

Voting my conscience in this election may mean staying home

As we barrel toward Election Day, I’m weighing each party’s values against the revolution I long ago pledged allegiance to. Led by a radical named Jesus, writes Peggy Wehmeyer.

Healing Black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish divides

Black-Jewish Unity Week, a collaboration between the American Jewish Committee and the National Urban League, could also help erase the divides between Jews and African American Muslims, write Ari Gordon and Talib Shareef.

Why masks are a religious issue

(The Conversation) — Examining how religion operates in society can help us understand why the conversation over masks has recently turned religious.

Why porn’s negative personal consequences are often really about religion

(RNS) — Evangelicals' feeling about porn may well be influencing public policy as mostly red states have increasingly sought to declare pornography a ‘public health crisis.'

How will Joe Biden deal with the abortion question?

(RNS) — For the duration of the Democratic primary season, the abortion issue was off the table. Now that the general election is here, there's something to talk about.

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Pope Francis calls for a day of fasting and prayer for Lebanon

Standing beside a waving Lebanese flag, Pope Francis paid homage to the troubled population of Beirut on Wednesday (Sept. 2) and implored its residents to ‘take courage’ as they begin the reconstruction of their city.

Eric Metaxas confirms he punched protester, says protester was to blame

Last week, a viral video began circulating on social media showing a man who closely resembles Eric Metaxas striking a protester and running away backward. 

600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity said Gov. Gavin Newsom can stop the transfers of detainees from state prisons to immigration detention facilities by issuing an executive order.