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Poor People’s Campaign mourns 250K COVID deaths, calls for stimulus relief
By Yonat Shimron — November 23, 2020
(RNS) — The group, led by the Rev. William Barber, is staging a national service of eulogy and remembrance two miles from the U.S. Capitol.
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In rural East Tennessee, a mobile clinic run by nuns and aging volunteers cares for the body and the soul
By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2020
CRAB ORCHARD, Tenn. (RNS) — For Sister Mary Lisa Renfer, serving as medical director at the St. Mary's Legacy Clinic is her dream job. 'I didn't think you could be a sister and a doctor. Turns out you can.'
Martin Luther’s pandemic advice goes viral — 500 years later
By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 20, 2020
CHICAGO (RNS) — Luther's advice was the subject of a lunch-and-learn session hosted Friday on Zoom by Good Shepherd Church, a congregation in suburban Naperville affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
As hurricanes belt Honduras, Christian aid group fights not just water but corruption
By Alejandra Molina — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — As Honduras also grapples with the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Association for a More Just Society expects that the aftermath of the storms will send residents further into poverty.
Photos of the Week: Armenian-Azerbaijani tensions, Serbian Patriarch death, COVID surges
By Kit Doyle — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — This week’s selection includes tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the death of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej and more.
Stay home, evangelical medical organization tells churches as COVID spreads
By Bob Smietana — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — A leading association of evangelical doctors says in-person church 'should not become an idol by itself.'
Vatican and US join to condemn rising anti-Semitism
By Claire Giangravé — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — The event coincided with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the occupied West Bank in the company of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ranin Karim, woman in Carl Lentz’s alleged affair, seeks ‘closure’ in GMA interview
By Paul O'Donnell — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — 'When you give somebody so much power, they become God to people,' Ranin Karim told GMA. 'People look at Carl like he's God.'
Adam Taylor succeeds Jim Wallis as Sojourners president  
By Bob Smietana — November 19, 2020
(RNS) — Founder Jim Wallis will step away as the organization's president and take a new role at Georgetown University.
Vatican cardinal says ouster deprived him of possible papacy
By Paul O'Donnell — November 19, 2020
ROME (AP) — Cardinal Becciu claims his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election.
Most ‘Fox News Republicans’ believe Christians face most discrimination
By Jack Jenkins — November 19, 2020
(RNS) — The 40% of Republicans who trust Fox News most, said PRRI, are more likely to identify as white evangelical Protestants.
Tom Hanks, Joanne Rogers to raise money to rebuild Tree of Life Synagogue site
By Yonat Shimron — November 19, 2020
(RNS) — The site at which 11 Jews were shot to death two years ago will be razed or rehabilitated in a plan that will include a memorial.
William Bobby McClain, leader in United Methodist Church and civil rights movement, dies at 82
By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020
(RNS) — McClain was a pastor and professor who not only shaped the lives of the students he taught but also countless United Methodists with the creation of the groundbreaking hymnal 'Songs of Zion' and as an original member of the group that organized Black Methodists for Church Renewal.