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Attorney: No more `Black pastors’ in court for Arbery case

By Russ Bynum — November 12, 2021

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — An attorney for one of the white men standing trial in the death of Ahmaud Arbery told the judge Thursday he doesn’t want “any more Black pastors” in the courtroom after the Rev. Al Sharpton sat with the slain man’s family. Kevin Gough represents William “Roddie” Bryan, who along with father […]

Pope offers hope to poor in visit to namesake’s Assisi home

By Nicole Winfield — November 12, 2021

In one of his first outings in Italy since the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis took his time greeting some of the 500 people brought by Catholic charity groups to Assisi to join Francis in marking the Catholic Church’s world day of the poor.

Harlem is home to an important part of Jewish history in New York

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — November 11, 2021

NEW YORK (RNS) — Harlem, most well-known as a historic Black neighborhood, also once housed the second largest population of Jews in America.

Matthew Dowd stakes his run for Texas lieutenant governor on kindness and faith

By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 11, 2021

(RNS) — Can a Democrat find the right mix of interfaith values voters to get him over the top?

For Christian birdwatchers, aka ‘ornitheoligists,’ religion takes flight

By Jessica Mundie — November 11, 2021

(RNS) — For many, the relationship between birds and Christianity does not stray farther than seeing a dove carrying an olive branch on a banner at church. However, for Christian birdwatchers, this link is alive.

Pope urges European solidarity with migrants amid new crisis

By Associated Press — November 11, 2021

He said the diversity they’re bringing to the continent is renewing European cities as a “beautiful mosaic, which should not be scarred or corrupted with prejudices or hatred.”

Education, religious groups gain most from giving strategy

By Haleluya Hadero — November 11, 2021

A study released by Indiana University and The Giving USA Foundation showed that between 2014 and 2018, grants from donor-advised funds were mostly given to education, religious and other public-society benefit organizations.

Gal Gadot represents. Seriously.

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 11, 2021

(RNS) — Gal Gadot made me cry tears that were about 2,000 years old.

‘What fear?’: Hindus bathe in frothy, polluted Indian river

By Shonal Ganguly — November 11, 2021

Hundreds of Hindu devotees entered the Yamuna river for a holy dip to mark the festival of Chhath Puja, despite it being covered in a layer of toxic foam.

Vatican financial reform efforts continue amid scandals and deficit

By Claire Giangravé — November 11, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Despite substantial losses brought by the pandemic and financial scandals, Pope Francis charges ahead in Vatican financial reform.

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