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“As sinful and terrible as this was and is, it is the response of the church that provides a most dire cause for confession. We at times failed to act, to respond with urgency and integrity. We betrayed your trust. I offer you my deep sorrow and profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured."
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A small, but growing number of transgender students seek out divinity school precisely because it is a place where they can wrestle with questions about their place and purpose in the universe.
(RNS) A small, but growing number of transgender students seek out divinity school precisely because it is a place where they can wrestle with questions about their place and purpose in the universe.
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Ben Shahn’s art was infused with the political passions of his time. He expressed them by retelling the Hebrew Bible’s stories of slavery, exile and freedom in images of garment workers, cotton pickers, labor organizers, immigrants and refugees.
(RNS) Sanders, like Shahn, calls out for social and economic justice.
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Pope Francis says he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons – a step that could open the ranks of the Catholic Church’s all-male clergy to women.
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"The value of redemption lies at the core of #Christianity and of #Judaism," these #interfaith leaders against mass incarceration say.
(RNS) Improving the administration of justice is not just a matter of politics, but also a moral and ethical obligation.
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 Not only do The Satanic Temple's campaigns raise serious questions about the First Amendment and religious pluralism, they also challenge the public to think about what counts as a 'religion.'
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Everyday Sunday singer Trey Pearson came out as gay in this letter.
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Baylor University has fired President Kenneth Starr over his handling of a sexual assault scandal — a turn of events that drips with irony for the former prosecutor’s critics.
(RNS) The former investigator of the Lewinsky affair is felled over a sexual abuse scandal at the nation's largest Baptist university.
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Ordaining women as deacons may or may not happen. But the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences.
(RNS) Ordaining women as deacons may, or may not, happen, but the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences.
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Six years ago there were 40 anti-abortion Democrats in Congress. Today there are only two. Here's why.
In six years, the number of pro-life Democrats in Congress has dropped from forty to just two.
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“At best, in most of the countries we cover, religious freedom conditions have failed to improve. At worst, they have spiraled further downward.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Global religious freedom remains under “serious and sustained assault,” according to a new report.
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“The pope is an amazing person, an incredible person," one of the Syrian refugees Pope Francis brought back to Rome said. "We hope that every religious person could be like the pope."
ROME (RNS) From a war-torn homeland to a hellish camp on a Greek island, the Muslim families are now living in the sheltering shadow of the Vatican.
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Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions. RNS advances its mission through our website and by partnering with regional hubs and a diverse group of subscribers who distribute our work.