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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.
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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.
Samaritan’s Purse to set up coronavirus field hospital in the Bahamas
By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020
(RNS) — The humanitarian relief organization run by Franklin Graham will open a field hospital in Nassau, where hospital facilities are overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19.
Hindu nationalists see Muslim jihad everywhere in India
By Bhavya Dore — October 5, 2020
(RNS) — The Quran's concept of the term 'jihad' is being framed as a conspiracy against India's Hindu majority.
In wake of financial scandals, Vatican releases budget for first time in four years
By Claire Giangravé — October 1, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘The faithful have the right to know how we utilize our resources,’ said the prefect for economy at the Vatican, the Rev. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.
Nationalism ‘must not prevail,’ Pope Francis says, addressing the United Nations
By Claire Giangravé — September 25, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We never emerge from a crisis just as we were. We come out either better or worse,’ Pope Francis said in a video message to the United Nations September 25.
Second coronavirus lockdown in Israel frustrates many religious Jews’ plans for High Holidays
By Roxanne Stone — September 16, 2020
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The three-week shutdown is timed not only to take advantage of the slow pace of the High Holiday period, but is also an acknowledgment that crowded religious institutions were a coronavirus breeding ground this past winter.
Global missionary efforts have taken a hit in the time of coronavirus
By Claire Giangravé — September 9, 2020
VATICAN CTY (RNS) — The COVID-19 pandemic saw a ‘large reduction’ in the realm of missionary work, aggravating an ongoing decline in the number of vocations and priests seeking to become missionaries.
Pope Francis launches his post-COVID agenda with announcement of new encyclical
By Claire Giangravé — September 8, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While some people spent the monthslong lockdowns making bread, knitting or watching Netflix, Francis seems to have pondered a plan for a new economic model.
Pope Francis calls for a day of fasting and prayer for Lebanon
By Claire Giangravé — September 2, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Standing beside a waving Lebanese flag, Pope Francis paid homage to the troubled population of Beirut on Wednesday (Sept. 2) and implored its residents to ‘take courage’ as they begin the reconstruction of their city.
New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole
By Roxanne Stone — August 27, 2020
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the first time the maximum available sentence has been imposed in the country.
Hong Kong issues warrant for Samuel Chu, an American citizen, activist and pastor’s son
By Roxanne Stone — August 26, 2020
(RNS) — The arrest warrant caught the attention of American officials concerned about Chinese imposition of authoritarian rule in Hong Kong.
Pope Francis encourages nun helping trans community in Argentina
By Claire Giangravé — August 25, 2020
(RNS) — The home, called The Coast of Limay, has been described as the first permanent residence in the world dedicated to vulnerable transsexual people.