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Scandal-plagued Catholic hospital’s story reads like a guide to Vatican turmoil
By Claire Giangravé — November 23, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A tale of mismanagement and corruption that typifies the financial scandals currently swirling around the church.
Vatican and US join to condemn rising anti-Semitism
By Claire Giangravé — November 20, 2020
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Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West
By Paul O'Donnell — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks taught Judaism to the world
By Jeffrey Salkin — November 9, 2020
(RNS) — You know that whole ‘light to the nations’ thing? That was Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. His memory is a blessing.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who brought Judaism to a global audience, dies
By Yonat Shimron — November 8, 2020
(RNS) — The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom won a large audience for his ability to reconcile the particularities of Judaism with universal concerns.
Pope Francis attempts to tackle sexual abuse globally and in his own backyard
By Claire Giangravé — November 5, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — This ongoing clergy sex abuse trial at the Vatican will be a litmus test for the efficacy of Pope Francis’ reforms.
Pope Francis talks about Benedict, criticism and life after COVID-19 in new interview
By Claire Giangravé — October 30, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a wide-ranging interview with an Italian news agency published Friday (Oct. 30), Francis said he believes 'criticism to be constructive' and a 'guide in my journey on everything, on everyone.'
After Nice attacks, Pope Francis and French Catholics call for peace with Muslims
By Claire Giangravé — October 29, 2020
(RNS) — ‘The Catholic community in France must not give in to sterile anger,’ said one French lay church leader, ‘but must also have the courage to name and denounce evil.’
3 dead in attack at French church; country on high alert
By Paul O'Donnell — October 29, 2020
PARIS (AP) — It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists.
With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask
By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.
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.
Pope Francis voices support of civil unions for LGBTQ couples in new documentary
By Claire Giangravé — October 21, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,’ the pope said in an interview for the documentary 'Francesco.' Francis also suggested the need for ‘a civil union law,’ in a departure from official church teaching.
French police operations underway after beheading of teacher
By Roxanne Stone — October 19, 2020
PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher.
Clergy shortage grows to more than 3k Catholics for every priest, Vatican data shows
By Claire Giangravé — October 16, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The reasons for the steady hemorrhage of Catholic clergy worldwide are varied, from secularization to the church's ongoing sexual and financial scandals. And the COVID-19 pandemic has brought its own challenges.