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Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds
By Bob Smietana — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Several new studies are challenging the idea that being an atheist leads to poor health.
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‘The Witch of Kings Cross’ finds the woman behind the scandal
By Paul O'Donnell — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Norton is a figure who may offer a few lessons for society today, when radical personalities and movements abound.
Brian Houston apologizes for Hillsong NYC’s ‘failings,’ promises whistleblower policy
By Paul O'Donnell — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — ‘On behalf of the Global Board and as Global Senior Pastor, I accept responsibility for these failings and apologize unreservedly,’ Houston wrote in an email addressed to ‘Dear Church.’
MPAC Hollywood Awards to feature ‘The Mauritanian’
By Joseph Hammond — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Mauritanian' is based on the true story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who spent 14 years in the prison facility before his release.
Faith leaders urge clemency for Okla. death row inmate, cite mounting evidence
By Adelle M. Banks — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I have spent the past twenty years on death row for a crime I did not commit,’ Julius Jones wrote in his commutation application.
Pope Francis’ encyclical now available in Russian thanks to Muslim translators
By Claire Giangravé — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — It is not uncommon for papal encyclicals to be translated into multiple languages, including Russian, but they are rarely recognized officially by the Vatican.
Catholic nun’s kneeling protest in Myanmar praised as ‘model for church leaders’
By Claire Giangravé — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — A Catholic nun kneeling in front of government troops in Myanmar became a symbol of democratic resistance after a military coup seized the country last month.
Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge
By Paul O'Donnell — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.
As Sister Simone Campbell leaves Network, she reflects on a career in Washington
By Jack Jenkins — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — 'I think a sign that it's the right time is that it's kind of exciting,' Sister Simone Campbell said. 'I’m excited to see what it will do next.'
After Ravi Zacharias report, Christians examine how to avoid ‘betrayal blindness’
By Bob Smietana — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — Why does it take so long for religious groups to admit the truth about their leaders?
US bishops discourage Catholics from getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given a choice
By Jack Jenkins — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — 'If one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s,' the statement read.
Dozens of houses of worship, one DC street, a 9-year photo project
By Adelle M. Banks — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — People at the first church ‘were so welcoming that it kind of got our project off to a happy start,’ said one photographer.
Catholic schools’ push for in-person learning counters record enrollment drop
By Paul O'Donnell — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — While public school districts debate in-person learning, many elementary Catholic schools opened their doors in fall of 2020 and have stayed open.