Catholicism

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

(The Conversation) — The Supreme Court’s current term is winding down, but there are still several cases to be decided…

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Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in

(RNS) — The seventh and final Catholic peace activist, who three years ago broke into the King’s Bay Naval Base…

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Harry Connick Jr., bunkered for the pandemic, emerges with ‘Alone With My Faith’

(RNS) — Even Harry Connick Jr.’s iconic, New Orleans croon can’t hide just how meaningful making his new album was…

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Behind Gallup’s portrait of church decline

(RNS) — As Holy Week began this year, a Gallup Poll found that church membership in the United States had…

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British judge unfreezes assets of key figure in Vatican financial scandal

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A British judge on Tuesday (March 23) reversed a previous court decision that froze the assets…

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Boulder’s faith community comes together to grieve after grocery store shooting

BOULDER, Colorado (RNS) — The Table Mesa Shopping Center is ordinarily a hub of activity as locals swing in to…

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Faith groups celebrate Virginia’s death penalty ban

(RNS) — Faith groups are celebrating Virginia’s decision to ban the death penalty, a move considered to be a victory…

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Pope Francis honors Dante Alighieri on 7th centenary of ‘prophetic’ poet’s death

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Dante Alighieri, the medieval Italian poet, didn’t spare popes and other Catholic prelates in “Divine Comedy,”…

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The US needs an ambassador to the Holy See

(RNS) — Joe Biden will soon be the first Catholic president to nominate an ambassador to the Holy See, something…

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Pope Francis reduces cardinal wages as Vatican finances struggle due to pandemic

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis’ efforts to build a “poor church for the poor” got a little closer to…

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Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

(RNS) — The U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee, now considering the fate of the Equality Act, can add a new entry…

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Pope Francis has not forgotten the people of Syria, says cardinal

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Iraq in early March was received as a symbol of hope…

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It’s the Vatican’s LGBTQ theology that is ‘disordered’

(RNS) — A new Vatican statement that has provoked widespread criticism for sharply rejecting the blessing of same-sex unions is…

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Asian American Christian Collaborative releases statement condemning Atlanta shootings

(RNS) — More than 600 Christians signed onto a statement before its release Monday evening (March 22) by the Asian…

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Catholic advocacy group Network taps Georgetown professor Mary Novak as new leader

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Catholic social justice lobby Network has chosen Georgetown University law professor Mary Novak to take over the…

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In Germany, Vatican ban on blessing same-sex couples catches church ‘in process’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After the Vatican emphatically banned blessings on same-sex couples’ relationships Monday (March 15), Catholic groups, priests…

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In Coachella Valley migrant community, the COVID-19 death of a beloved priest helps spur vaccinations

THERMAL, Calif. (RNS) — As Luz Gallegos hosted a workshop Thursday (March 18) informing agricultural workers about the COVID-19 vaccine,…

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Vatican cardinals defend gay union blessing ban amid dissent

ROME (AP) — Three cardinals close to Pope Francis defended a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex…

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New book on Pope Francis credits pontiff with ‘disruptive innovation’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In his new book, “Church, Interrupted: Havoc & Hope: The Tender Revolt of Pope Francis,” papal…

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Fully vaccinated, Sister Jean gets her shot to return to March Madness

(Global Sisters Report) — A year after it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA basketball tournament is…

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As Equality Act hearing begins, faith leaders meet with Sen. Coons to voice support

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A group of clergy and activists met with Sen. Chris Coons at Union Station, the ornate train…

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Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won’t…

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In Southern California, Black churches are using their land to build housing for homeless people

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — As Southern California’s housing crisis continues to fuel homelessness across the region, a number of churches,…

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Vatican says yes to gay people, no to blessing gay unions

(RNS) — Since the Catholic Church forbids celebrating marriage between people of the same sex as a sacrament, some Catholics,…

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Jesuits pledge $100 million for descendants of people their order enslaved

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Society of Jesus has announced plans to raise $100 million for the descendants of enslaved people…

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LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

(AP) — The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise…

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The Vatican tries to hold back the tide on same-sex blessings

(RNS) — So it turns out the Vatican can move fast when it wants to. Last month, Bishop Peter Kohlgraf…

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Pope Francis shuts down proposals to bless same-sex couples

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Vatican said on Monday LGBTQ couples cannot receive a blessing by a priest. Pope Francis…

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Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims

CHICAGO (AP) — When her teenage son was murdered outside a church in 2006, Pam Bosley contacted ministers around Chicago,…

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Vatican excludes gay union blessing as God ‘can’t bless sin’

ROME (AP) — The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.”…

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Chaldean Christians in the US, delighted with pope’s visit, say it comes too late

(RNS) — A group of Chaldean women, sitting around a kitchen table in Michigan on Sunday (March 7), watched on…

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Harold Braswell on Canada’s new assisted suicide law

(RNS) — A controversial law passed Thursday (March 11) in the Canadian Parliament that has extended the right to physician-assisted…

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Conservative politics can push people out of the pews, new study shows

There’s a massive religious shift occurring in America, as one of the world’s most religious nations becomes more secular every…

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A Los Angeles pilot program will vaccinate hundreds within 2-mile radius of a Catholic church

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The goal: to vaccinate 600 eligible people who live within a two-mile radius surrounding St. Brigid…

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Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Iraq improves relations with Muslims

(RNS) — Despite the naysayers who opposed the pope’s visit, Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Iraq (March 5-8) went beyond expectations…

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US army chaplain Emil Kapaun advancing toward sainthood

(The Conversation) — At the end of a small cemetery on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross,…

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Pope’s wind-whipped mantle drives Vatican tailors to consider Velcro

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Countless pictures document the struggle: For decades, popes have suffered embarrassment and even frustration when their…

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KAICIID quits Vienna, unable to shake off negative Saudi image

The logo of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Image via KAICIID (RNS) — KAICIID, a…

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Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

(RNS) — You may be able to point to the exact moment this week or the next when the COVID-19…

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Junipero Serra’s Carmel Mission to be restored for historic site’s 250th anniversary

(RNS) — After a difficult year in which the early Californian missionary was vilified as a slaver and a toxic…

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As COVID-19 rages in Brazil, sisters in the Amazon fight hunger and isolation

SAO PAULO (Global Sisters Report) — Religious presence in the Amazon region in the past year has been a challenge.…

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Pope Francis dismisses ‘heresy’ charges for his commitment to Christian-Muslim dialogue

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Aboard the papal flight back from Iraq, the first papal trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began,…

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Pope makes final appeal to Iraqi Christian community

VATICAN CITY (RNS) – On his last full day in Iraq, Pope Francis told struggling Christians in the war-weary country…

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At ancient city of Ur, Pope Francis makes heartfelt appeal for fraternity of faiths

VATICAN CITY (RNS) – Speaking on Saturday (March 6) before the monumental remains of Ur, the once great city where,…

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