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Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory
By Paul O'Donnell — October 25, 2020
(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter's Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal's rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
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Photos of the Week
By Kit Doyle — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes a variety of Hindu festivals in India, Nepal and Indonesia, a mourning vigil in Washington, D.C., and more.
In Disney’s ‘Clouds,’ Justin Baldoni makes a teen cancer movie about joy
By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — Justin Baldoni, best known for his role on the CW's 'Jane the Virgin', has modeled his career of late around Western culture's allergy to talking about death.
COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning
By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.
‘Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden’ signers face a fiery blowback
By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020
ORLANDO (RNS) — After Joel Hunter recently announced support for former Vice President Joe Biden, a local Christian radio station cancelled Hunter’s devotionals, hosts withdrew (or postponed) speaking invitations and a social media hostility barrage erupted.
How Amy Coney Barrett could change the Supreme Court’s balance on religious liberty
By Jack Jenkins — October 22, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Micah Schwartzman, a professor at University of Virginia School of Law, said Barrett could end up furthering an understanding of the First Amendment he finds ‘quite disturbing.’
Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib denounce Facebook as complicit in anti-Muslim violence
By Alejandra Molina — October 22, 2020
(RNS) — Their condemnation comes after a new report found that Facebook has played a role in anti-Muslim violence in Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and the United States.
Muslims in Michigan, a key vote in a must-win state, on track for record turnout
By Paul O'Donnell — October 22, 2020
(RNS) — Muslim areas around greater Detroit could be a key factor in who will be president in January.
Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions
By Paul O'Donnell — October 22, 2020
(AP) — Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, was one of the first conservative Catholic leaders to go public with criticism.
Inside the church at the heart of the Louisville’s Breonna Taylor protests
By Paul O'Donnell — October 22, 2020
(AP) — The church has for months played a background role in the protest movement in a downtown square in honor of the medical technician killed by police in her home.
Vatican and China extend ‘experimental’ agreement on appointment of bishops
By Claire Giangravé — October 22, 2020
(RNS) — Vatican officials believe a long-term deal could improve the lives of Chinese Catholics, but critics say the negotiations have already prompted Pope Francis to remain silent on human rights abuses.
In battleground states, American Jews prefer Biden over Trump by a wide margin
By Yonat Shimron — October 21, 2020
(RNS) — A pair of surveys of likely Jewish voters in Florida and Pennsylvania shows that former Vice President Joe Biden has a massive lead over Donald Trump.
Sean Feucht’s worship protest gets green light in DC, despite fears of ‘superspreader’ event
By Jack Jenkins — October 21, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Feucht has framed his worship protest tour as a dispute between ‘politicians’ and Christians like himself, but pastors are among his fiercest critics.