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Our Lady of Revenue: NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical

NEW YORK (RNS) Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it’s a coveted real estate asset. In 2013, six years after the church was closed, it was sold for $13 million to on…
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If the US is a Christian nation, whose Christianity do we follow? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) A recent survey found that 57 percent of Republicans agreed that Christianity should be established as the United States’ national religion. Not only would this violate the clear wording of the Constitution and the intention of the founders to keep religion and gover…
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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox women make uphill battle for parliament

JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s first political party created by ultra-Orthodox Jewish women is running a novel campaign for parliament: no media ads or endorsements by key rabbinical authorities, just word-of-mouth recommendations and faith. Yet the fact that women in the Haredi…
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Malcolm Boyd, the overlooked gay activist who pushed boundaries (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how he gave each up for the next. For the first third of Boyd’s life, he was an A-list producer in Hollywood’s golden age, most f…
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Witch hunts increase in Tanzania as albino deaths jump

TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Many women are living in fear in this rural part of northwestern Tanzania because they are increasingly being targeted by witch hunts — literally. This East African country is grappling with an upswing in vigilante justice as villagers attack women t…
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