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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.

How God’s pronouns and the CBMW might save Beth Allison Barr’s church

By Bob Smietana — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — A slew of donations to the church was inspired by an unlikely source — a fundraising appeal from the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which criticized both Barr's book and her church.

Jeff Bezos is quizzed on ’emotional’ rocket ride and economics of space flight

By Jack Jenkins — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It really is such a change in perspective that shows you, in a very powerful and emotional way, just how fragile this Earth is,’ Bezos said of his recent trip to space.

Human trafficking suit spreads to Hindu temples in 5 states

By David Porter — November 11, 2021
A lawsuit in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking by luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day has widened to four other states. In the initial lawsuit filed in May, workers at a Hindu temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey, claimed leaders […]

Muslims win office in US municipal elections in 2021

By Joseph Hammond — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — Three years after the first Muslim women were elected to Congress, successful campaigns in Michigan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania put Muslims in key local offices. 

New teen Bible story book tells the old, old story in a new way

By Kathryn Post — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — The Bible: Enter Here uses irreverent humor to reimagine Bible stories for teens.

Bobbie Kirkhart, who fostered atheist community, dies at 78

By Heather Morrison — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — She was a pioneer who championed atheism not as merely nonbelief but a force in its own right and a critique of religion’s sway over society.

Priest gets life term in child porn, exploitation case

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Robert McWilliams was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Akron in front of an overflow gallery filled with the family of three victims.

Palestinian PM: Only two-state solution can end ‘apartheid’

By Joseph Krauss — November 10, 2021
Israel says it made generous offers to the Palestinians in past rounds of peace talks, while the Palestinians say those proposals fell short of their rights under international law.

Survey in Britain finds lack of awareness about Holocaust

By Josef Federman — November 10, 2021
The survey concluded that 52% of respondents surveyed in the U.K. did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

Haiti priest recounts abduction by gang holding missionaries

By DÁnica Coto — November 10, 2021
The Haitian priest and nine other people had just been kidnapped while driving through the outskirts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in early April.

Dalai Lama says China’s leaders ‘don’t understand’ diversity

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
On Wednesday, the 86-year-old Buddhist monk said he wished to remain home in India rather than get involved in the “complicated politics" between China, run by the officially atheist Communist Party, and strongly Buddhist Taiwan.

Amid COVID-19, most churches provide hybrid worship, half stopped picnics

By Adelle M. Banks — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — A new study shows that ‘the pandemic has had a profound impact across the religious spectrum, and that some churches are faring better than others,’ said scholar Scott Thumma.

AI technology resurrects the voice of Laleh Bakhtiar

By Joseph Hammond — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — A project aimed at cementing the legacy of an Islam scholar could help the IT world’s sometime hostility to Muslim voices.

Reform Jewish seminary report uncovers 50 years of sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — The report shows many of its rabbinical students said the seminary had an ‘old boys’ club’ mentality that allowed sexual harassment against women and LGBTQ students to fester.
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