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Russell Moore answers all you wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask)

(RNS) The issues sound like they belong on the therapist’s couch: The couple that hasn’t had sex eight months into their marriage. The parents who can’t deal with their son’s homosexuality. The male teen who wants to be called by a girl’s name. But they’re also the kinds of...
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More than 100 religious, immigration activists arrested at White House

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 100 religious leaders and activists were arrested Thursday (July 31) in a White House protest aimed at halting deportations and aiding immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The direct action sponsored by Church World Service and Casa de Maryland, an i...
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Jesuits tell their alumni in Congress: Protect border children

(RNS) American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order’s schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, calling proposals to swiftly deport them “inhumane and an insult to Ame...
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Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

(RNS) When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to ignore. She delighted in her ministry but also wanted a husband and...
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Satanists’ challenge to Hobby Lobby ruling may face legal hurdles

(RNS) A group of Satanists is challenging the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision by providing a letter women can give to doctors to avoid being handed state-mandated “informed consent” literature before seeking an abortion. But constitutional lawyers say the effort may be a toot...
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Krista Tippett’s ‘On Being’ honored by White House for engaging listeners on what it means to be human

(RNS) On Sept. 11, 2001, Krista Tippett was in Washington on her way to meet with potential funders to create a radio show focused on faith. As the day unfolded with attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the meeting was canceled. “Unfortunately, the case for religion...
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Meriam Ibrahim leaves Italy for new life in New Hampshire

ROME (RNS) Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and then spared after an international campaign, left Italy on Thursday (July 31) on a flight for the U.S., where she plans to build a new life. Ibrahim, who met Pope Fran...
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Faith leaders testify in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases. The plan was proposed June 2 and is designed to cut carbon poll...
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Vatican intervenes to remove a priest in Paraguay accused of sex abuse in US

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has ordered a Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Paraguay to remove a priest accused of sex abuse in the U.S. and to restrict the activities of the bishop who hired him. Pope Francis sent a cardinal and an archbishop to investigate Carlos Urrutigoity...
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Poll: More Italians support abortion rights than cosmetic surgery

ROME (RNS) As the Catholic Church wrestles with changing community attitudes on key social issues, a new Italian survey finds more support for abortion, gay rights and euthanasia than for cosmetic surgery. According to the survey published in the daily La Stampa this week, 61 perc...
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