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Houston withdraws pastors’ subpoenas

(RNS) The mayor of Houston on Wednesday withdrew the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people. Filed two weeks ago, the subpoenas outraged many conservative Christians as an affront to religious freedom. H…
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Does purgatory have a prayer with Protestants?

(RNS) This Sunday (Nov. 2), on what is known as All Souls’ Day, Roman Catholics around the world will be praying for loved ones who have died and for all those who have passed from this life to the next. They will be joined by Jerry Walls. “I got no problem praying for the…
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Negotiations with Boko Haram a farce, says Catholic priest

NAIROBI, Kenya ( RNS) While the Nigerian government negotiates with the Islamic militant group Boko Haram for the release of 200 abducted schoolgirls, some church leaders in the country’s conflict-ridden north are expressing doubts about any impending resolution. Nearly tw…
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Pope Francis: Judas was a sinner, but no worse than anyone else

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis says Judas Iscariot was not the only sinner among the Twelve Apostles but he was the one who “closed himself to love.” In a homily during his morning Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday (Oct. 28), the pope spoke of the universality of sin while e…
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The ‘Splainer: What is a mikvah, and does it have anything to do with sex?

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which Kimberly Winston and other RNS staff give you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at a cocktail party. (RNS) Earlier this month we learned that Washingt…
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