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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.
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In praise of Archbishop Gómez’s anti-racism

By Charles C. Camosy — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Simply googling Gomez would have saved his critics the self-own of trying to take down an anti-racist hero.

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

By Nicole Winfield and Alessandra Tarantino — 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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.
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