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Working groups at the Vatican’s Amazon synod push for married clergy

By Claire Giangravé — October 18, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The groups considered everything from the ordination of women as deacons to the creation of a separate rite for the region.

Controversy mixes with consensus as bishops gather for Amazon synod

By Thomas Reese — October 3, 2019

(RNS) — While disagreements in the synod may arise over how Catholicism is interpreted in the Amazon, the bishops of the synod will be largely united on the environment and justice issues.

Gathering of German bishops tests Pope Francis’ efforts for decentralization

By Claire Giangravé — September 17, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Following an attempt by the Vatican to exercise control over its upcoming and reform-driven gathering, the Catholic Church in Germany has made it clear that it has no intention of backing down, proving to be yet another wedge in the internal church wars that have plagued Pope Francis’ six-year papacy.

Synod for the Amazon about more than married priests

By Thomas Reese — September 17, 2019

(RNS) — For Pope Francis, the Amazon is important because it touches on so many themes of his papacy: concern for the marginalized, evangelization and protection of the environment.

Amazon fires deepen a split between Brazil’s evangelicals and fellow Christians

By Eduardo Campos Lima — August 28, 2019

SAO PAOLO (RNS) — The apparently intentional escalation of fires in the Amazon rainforest has contributed to a growing political split between Catholics and some Protestant groups and President Jair Bolsonaro’s evangelical supporters.

On Prime Day, Muslim workers and activists are organizing against Amazon

By Aysha Khan — July 16, 2019

(RNS) — With Amazon’s much-hyped Prime Day sale underway, Muslim workers and faith-based activists are leading major strikes and boycotts of the online retail giant’s biggest discount event of the year.

Synod of bishops to discuss ordaining married men

By Thomas Reese — June 19, 2019

(RNS) — Limiting ordination after marriage to ‘mature men’ will be portrayed as exceptional, but both traditionalists and progressives believe that it will spread to more and more situations.

The priest and the ‘Fleabag’ forge mutual faith in Amazon comedy series

By Catherine Pepinster — May 15, 2019

(RNS) — In the second season of a popular TV comedy series, a handsome, swearing, gin-swilling cleric won over a ‘lying, acerbic sex addict’ — not to mention the famously secular U.K. America is next.

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

By Menachem Wecker — May 10, 2019

(RNS) — The line between well-intentioned kitsch and bad taste, experts in religious artwork say, can be blurry.

Eyeing Amazon synod, Brazil accuses church of ‘leftist agenda’

By Eduardo Campos Lima — February 25, 2019

SAO PAOLO, Brazil (RNS) — The Brazilian president’s security chief was quoted in a recent news story about the synod, saying, ‘We are worried about it and want to neutralize it.’

Pope downplays expectations for sexual abuse meeting in Rome

By Thomas Reese — January 30, 2019

(RNS) — The meeting could be a disappointment for Americans who have been dealing with abuse for decades while still being a success for the universal church.

Amazon pulls offensive bathmats with Quranic text

By Aysha Khan — January 10, 2019

(RNS) — After complaints from Muslim customers, Amazon has removed over 20 product listings that included doormats, bathmats and toilet covers featuring verses from the Quran.

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is ‘heart of the church’

By Yonat Shimron — January 19, 2018

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — Francis said it was “essential” for governments and other institutions to consider tribes as legitimate partners whose rights, cultures, languages and traditions must be respected and recovered.

Can Israel be any more ‘Transparent’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2017

“Transparent” goes to Israel. But, which Israel does it portray?

Amazon ad features Muslim cleric

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 21, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (USA Today) The most surprising thing about Amazon’s latest ad for its Prime service is that it appears to be the first time a Muslim cleric has been featured in a television ad shown in the United States.

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