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How the White House is courting evangelicals on its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A March 7 meeting at the White House is just one of a series of meetings, dinners, lunches and coffees the Trump administration has had with evangelical leaders as it prepares to release its peace plan. …


Southern Baptist executive, experts say churches should address abuse of adults

(RNS) — As the Southern Baptist Convention confronts allegations of sexual abuse in its ranks, leaders of some of its affiliated organizations as well as other denominations are seeking to educate clergy and other staffers about appropriate boundaries.
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Muslim groups condemn Fox News host for questioning Rep. Omar’s loyalty to U.S.

(RNS) — “Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience,” said a statement by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after vote

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — After a wrenching three days of deliberations and spending $3.7 million to organize a special conference of its global church, the UMC has only marginally more more clarity on its future than when the meeting began.
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Catholic bishops, advocates meet to discuss response to Trump border policies

(RNS) — ‘We were at the border yesterday. The emergency is not here,’ one bishop said.
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United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Tuesday to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people.
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Pope demands ‘concrete’ response to abuse crisis at Vatican summit

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The challenge for the nearly 200 assembled clerics at the Vatican this week is to find concrete measures that the global church can agree on — and that will satisfy abuse victims.
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Roe v. Wade may be in peril, but future of anti-abortion movement is unclear

WASHINGTON (RNS) — This year’s March for Life is being cast as a victory party, but it’s less than clear how long it may take to dismantle Roe v. Wade or what would happen afterward.
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Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — Next month, the country’s parliament is expected to vote on an agreement to make the Greek state neutral toward religion, ending the primacy of Greek Orthodoxy in the country’s constitution.
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From the Bible Belt, EWTN shapes world Catholic news

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — Leaders of the Eternal Word Television Network have spent the better part of four decades quietly building a Catholic media empire that spans the globe.
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