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As Catholic bishops gather, so do protesters on right and left

By Jack Jenkins — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Onetime Trump adviser Steve Bannon is slated to participate in a demonstration by Church Militant, but local officials have expressed concerns about potential violence.

In praise of Archbishop Gómez’s anti-racism

By Charles C. Camosy — November 12, 2021

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

By Nicole Winfield and Alessandra Tarantino — November 12, 2021
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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?

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.

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.

War and soldiers have changed over a century. Chaplains remain a powerful force.

By Joe Drape — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — In a day when soldiers are often not religiously affiliated, chaplains still make connections across faiths.

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.

Gomez, painting Catholics as victims, goes after his woke oppressors

By Thomas Reese — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — Archbishop Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, attacked movements of ‘social justice,’ ‘wokeness,’ ‘identity politics,’ ‘intersectionality’ and ‘successor ideology’ as pseudo-religions.

RNS holiday gift guide 2021: Treat yourself to cozy socks or a self-care box

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our holiday gift guide is full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

Bishops seek answers in vandalism of churches and Catholic symbols

By Alejandra Molina — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — 'Did they single out the Catholic Church, or is it simply that our symbols of religion are so visible that they make an easy target?' said Aaron M. Weldon, of the USCCB's Office of Religious Liberty.

Some churches got mega PPP loans. A few got tiny ones.

By Bob Smietana — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — While some congregations got multi-million-dollar PPP loans, some got tiny loans by accident. Two churches got loans for $666.

Indian Catholics hope a papal visit will halt anti-Christian persecution

By Claire Giangravé — November 8, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Catholic minority in India hopes that a papal visit will mend relations between Christians and Hindus and promote gender equality in the local church.

Pope decries Ethiopia’s humanitarian crisis, urges dialogue

By Associated Press — November 8, 2021
The war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has killed thousands of people and displaced millions and left many struggling with severe hunger.

Poles protest strict abortion law after pregnant woman dies

By Associated Press — November 7, 2021
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists say doctors in Poland, a heavily Catholic nation, now wait for a fetus with severe defects to die in the womb rather than perform an abortion.
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