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As Roe’s potential fall nears, abortion abolitionists turn on ‘pro-life elites’
By Bob Smietana — May 19, 2022
(RNS) — Abortion abolitionists, including a leading candidate for SBC president, want an end to abortion, with no exceptions, and say women who have illegal abortions should face murder charges.
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Gore says climate crisis like ‘nature hike right through the Book of Revelation’
By Adelle M. Banks — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The transition to a cleaner future can also be a transition to a more just and equitable future,’ he said at a Black Interfaith Project event.
A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site
By Associated Press — May 18, 2022
(AP) — This year's Lag BaOmer holiday festivities at Mount Meron are overshadowed by last year's deaths, the largest civilian disaster in the country's history.
With Roe in peril, abortion rights advocates prepare appeals to religious liberty
By Jack Jenkins — May 17, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘The Torah is clear on this issue: Abortion is not only permitted in Judaism, but in some cases required when the life of the pregnant person is at stake,’ said Sheila Katz, head of the National Council of Jewish Women.
In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism
By Varsha Torgalkar — May 17, 2022
PUNE, India (RNS) — Organizations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists. 
Prosecutor: Church gunman had ‘diabolical plan’ to massacre
By Associated Press — May 17, 2022
(AP) — Dr. John Cheng, a sports medicine doctor who is survived by a wife and two children, charged at the shooter and attempted to disarm him, allowing others to intervene.
Vatican foreign minister to visit Ukraine as pope toes delicate line
By Associated Press — May 17, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Archbishop Paul Gallagher's trip comes as the Holy See toes a delicate line in trying to keep alive newly improved ties with the Russian Orthodox Church while offering support to the “martyred” Ukrainian faithful.
Faith on the ground in Buffalo: Voice Buffalo executive director Denise Walden
By Adelle M. Banks — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘They are some of the matriarchs and the pillars of our community,’ Buffalo minister says of residents killed in attack.
Montana pastor J.D. Hall, Pulpit&Pen founder, charged with DUI, carrying weapon
By Bob Smietana — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hall, a firebrand polemicist known for his take-no-prisoners approach in attacking liberals, offered to resign as pastor of his church. The church claims he suffers from a vitamin deficiency.
How Black people and Jews are bound together in ‘great replacement’ theory
By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Dozens of pages of the Buffalo shooter's manifesto are devoted first to Blacks and then to Jews, replete with photos, drawings, graphs and caricatures.
Brazil’s Catholic bishops raise their voices against mining on Indigenous land
By Eduardo Campos Lima — May 16, 2022
SAO PAULO (RNS) — The damage from mining projects goes beyond deforestation, the bishops say. The effects include death from disease and higher rates of murder and sexual assault.
Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal
By Associated Press — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — More than 40% of Buddhist chaplains work in health care, a recent report found, while others serve in schools, in prisons or as self-employed counselors.
Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence
By Associated Press — May 16, 2022
(AP) — For many Black Americans, the Buffalo shooting has stirred up the same fear and vulnerability they faced after Charleston and other attacks.