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‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq
By Paul O'Donnell — February 28, 2021
(RNS) — The public health message a papal trip to Iraq sends amid a global pandemic is not advisable, health experts say.
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The pope’s Iraq visit will make headlines. Can it make life better for religious minorities?
By Paul O'Donnell — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — A sense of foreboding plagues efforts to return Christians and Yazidis to their homelands.
Iraq’s struggling Christians hope for boost from pope visit
By Paul O'Donnell — February 25, 2021
(RNS) — The pontiff's first foreign trip since the coronavirus pandemic and the first ever by a pope to Iraq, is a sign that "You're not alone," said a Vatican official.
Vatican sex abuse trial exposes ‘unhealthy’ environment within youth seminary
By Claire Giangravé — February 24, 2021
(RNS) — Unprecedented and based on the child protection laws put in place by Pope Francis, the trial also underlines the often demeaning culture permeating Catholic institutions.
Jews split over storied charity’s support for settlements
By Paul O'Donnell — February 23, 2021
(AP) — The charity, known by its Hebrew acronym KKL, is considering expanding into the occupied West Bank, sparking opposition from left-leaning Jewish groups in the U.S.
Palestinian President Abbas gives Christians outsize voice in new legislature
By Paul O'Donnell — February 22, 2021
(RNS) — Palestinian Christians are ambivalent about the quota, which would allow at least seven Christians with the most votes to sit on the council.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of conservative African cardinal
By Claire Giangravé — February 21, 2021
(RNS) — Francis did not name an immediate successor, spurring speculation that the decision was not planned.
10 years after quake, Christ Church Cathedral finally rising
By Paul O'Donnell — February 21, 2021
(RNS) — After years of debate over whether to restore the building or start from scratch, it's being rebuilt to look much like the original that was finished in 1904.
Rihanna’s Instagram pose with Ganesh earns criticism from Hindus
By Paul O'Donnell — February 19, 2021
(RNS) — Rihanna's topless Instagram portrait featuring a pendant depicting a Hindu deity drew calls of blasphemy — and payback for her recent comments on India's farm crisis.
Ravi Zacharias posthumously defrocked, ministry suspends fundraising after abuse report 
By Bob Smietana — February 19, 2021
(RNS) — Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has shut down fundraising as it deals with the fallout from a report about its founders. Several overseas offices of RZIM have also been affected by the report. RZIM Canada has announced it will shut down.
COVID-19 pandemic has Vatican bracing for $60 million deficit in 2021
By Claire Giangravé — February 19, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The pandemic has shrunk donations and closed the high-earning Vatican museums for months.
Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job
By Paul O'Donnell — February 19, 2021
ROME (AP) — The pope's decree sparked heated debate, since its provisions go beyond the voluntary nature of COVID-19 vaccinations in Italy and much of the rest of the world.
Why Indian farmers’ protests are being called a ‘satyagraha’ – which means ’embracing the truth’
By Paul O'Donnell — February 18, 2021
(The Conversation) — It evokes a long political history that goes back to the Indian nationalist movement against British rule.