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Outcry over Jesuit priest Stan Swamy’s arrest tests Indian authorities’ anti-terror sweep

By Priyadarshini Sen — December 8, 2020

(RNS) — Swamy is among 16 writers and activists who have been arrested by the ruling BJP government for allegedly inciting caste-based violence.

Dear Pope Francis, six reasons you should wear a mask

By Thomas Reese — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, almost all the photos of Pope Francis have shown him without a mask. Here are six reasons he should change his ways.

Catholic priest is sentenced to time served after 2018 break-in at nuclear naval base

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — A U.S. District Court judge sentenced the Rev. Stephen Kelly to 33 months in jail and three years’ probation, plus restitution fees for trespassing onto the Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia.

How to make our politics better: Pray first, says a Jesuit guide

By Thomas Reese — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The kind of prayer recommended by a new pamphlet on civic engagement is the kind that helps us listen, detached from our own preconceptions and prejudices.

Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic

By Claire Giangravé — August 5, 2020

(RNS) — ‘It’s a way to tell sisters that if they have press conferences, make their voices heard and denounce sexual abuse, (church authorities) will air all their dirty laundry,’ said Lucetta Scaraffia.

Bending the COVID-19 inequality curve

By Thomas Reese — April 14, 2020

(RNS) — The government needs to focus on helping people who were already on the margins before the pandemic and now have been pushed over the edge.

Released from quarantine into social distancing

By Thomas Reese — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — Being quarantined is a minor place in purgatory compared with the hells of having the virus itself, losing a job or living in a society in chaos.

Caring more for each other could have ameliorated the pandemic. It’s not too late.

By Thomas Reese — March 24, 2020

(RNS) — A crisis either makes us better or worse people; it never leaves us the same. 

When a priest and housemate falls ill, the practical becomes spiritual

By Thomas Reese — March 17, 2020

(RNS) — When a member of my Jesuit community announced he had COVID-19, I could not do the Christian thing and rush to give him comfort. Instead, I updated my power of attorney and wondered who I’d infected.

Over 10,000 Christians petition Boston College to reject Koch grant

By Aysha Khan — December 13, 2019

BOSTON (RNS) — More than 10,080 Christians have signed a petition urging officials at the Jesuit university to reject a potential donation from the Koch Foundation toward the school’s political science department.

Students lobby Congress on DACA and global warming

By Thomas Reese — November 19, 2019

(RNS) — More than 1,500 students descended on Washington, D.C., this week to lobby Congress on global warming and DACA, the program protecting immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives from deportation.

Boston College students and faculty push to reject Koch funding — and Koch values

By Aysha Khan — November 19, 2019

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (RNS) — As Boston College finalizes a potential Koch Foundation donation to its political science department, many at the Jesuit institution are hoping to pressure administrators into reconsidering the grant.

Nuns, other Catholics arrested protesting treatment of immigrant children

By Jack Jenkins — July 18, 2019

(RNS) — A campaigner for Faith in Public life said the group was there to denounce the detention of children at the border as well as other immigration policies.

Maggots may be a deus ex machina to save us from global warming

By Thomas Reese — July 10, 2019

(RNS) — The larvae of the black soldier fly not only help eliminate greenhouse gases, they become protein that, when roasted, can be used as feed for animals.

Why are Catholic schools firing gay teachers — and how can one refuse?

By Jack Jenkins — June 27, 2019

(RNS) — Two Catholic high schools in Indiana have been ordered to fire openly gay teachers. One did; the other vows to carry its protest against the order to the Vatican. What is going on?

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