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Hillsong’s Brian Houston defends handling of abuse case, sidesteps questions on gay marriage

NEW YORK (RNS) The founder of Hillsong, one of the most influential religious brands across the globe, on Thursday (Oct. 16) denied allegations that he had tried to cover up his father’s sexual abuse, saying the victim asked him not to go to the police. Fifteen years ago,…
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As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever

BELEM, Brazil (RNS) More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the…
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Sparring continues as Catholic bishops prepare synod’s final report

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Catholic bishops attending the global Synod on the Family were drawing up their final report on Friday (Oct. 17), prominent cardinals continued to spar over the direction the church should take on key issues. Conservatives accused the synod of bias wh…
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Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)

HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subp…
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Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. MONROVIA, Liberia (RNS)  Ever since Frank Mulbah’s mother died of Ebola in August, no one will go near him. “I went to my relatives…
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