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Celebrating Mass safely — but pastorally — during a pandemic

By Thomas Reese — May 8, 2020

(RNS) — American Catholic bishops have received two sets of recommendations on how to proceed once churches begin to meet again. Either way, they should go slow.

Godless choir mixes fellowship with a full-throated defense of atheism

By Heather Adams — May 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Voices of Reason, thought to be the only atheist choir in the U.S., performs at events for other religious skeptics while offering the benefits of community for its church-adverse members.

Evensong sees a surge even as British church attendance declines

By Catherine Pepinster — August 30, 2017

(RNS) — From Westminster Abbey to small parish churches, the evensong service in Britain is attracting growing crowds of locals and tourists alike — some who come just for the music and atmosphere, others who appreciate the spirituality as well.

Holy Week music sets a high bar, but one church rises to the challenge

By Mary Beth McCauley — April 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The great trove of Holy Week music is firmly rooted in church, and on Good Friday, First Presbyterian Church is bringing Bach back to his roots, presenting his “St. John Passion” as he did — not as performance but as prayer.

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