Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.

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How Covid Changed the Clergy in New York

As the city’s houses of worship hold in-person services again, faith leaders reflect on what the pandemic has taught them.

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Revered Jewish Sage Buried in One of the Largest Gatherings in Israel’s History

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis shut down large parts of central Israel to attend the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, an influential spiritual leader.

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Desmond Tutu, Whose Voice Helped Slay Apartheid, Dies at 90

The archbishop was a powerful force for nonviolence in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

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French Clerical Abuse Report Puts Spotlight on Confession

In rare instances, it noted, the secrecy around the sacrament had been used to cover up abuse cases, again raising issues of whether church or state law should prevail.

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Inside the Unraveling of American Zionism

How a new generation of Jewish leaders began to rethink their support for Israel.

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On the Supreme Court, Religion and a Scheduled Execution

The Supreme Court routinely rejects death penalty appeals. But it halted an execution when religion became an issue.

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Sexual Abuse Revelations Accelerate Sense of a French Church in Retreat

The abuse of more than 200,000 minors by clergy over the past seven decades has shaken the nation and what was once a pillar of French society.

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Vatican Issues Acquittals in Sexual Abuse Case Involving Ex-Seminarians

One defendant, now a priest, had been accused of sexual abuse when he and his accuser were teenagers at a seminary within the Vatican walls. Another priest was accused of covering it up.

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French Report Casts New Light on Sexual Abuse in Catholic Church

An independent commission laid out in detail the extent of the problem and the church’s failure to tackle it, estimating that about 216,000 minors had been abused since 1950.

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Supreme Court Stays John Ramirez’s Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

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Supreme Court Stays Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

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Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

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A Vanishing Priest, a Wall of Secrecy and a 25-Year-Old Abuse Case

Religious orders have their own hierarchies, so they have their own ways of handling abuse allegations.

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Pastor Killed in Texas Church Shooting, Officials Say

The pastor of a Methodist church was killed, the authorities said.

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Greek Orthodox Church Faces Criticism as Virus Hits Its Ranks

Church leaders have backed government restrictions, but defiance by hard-liners and a commitment to the sacrament of communion, taken with a shared spoon, may undercut good intentions.

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Pastors at the Polls? Meet Ohio’s Election Protection Squad

After the most tense election season in generations, clergy members are being trained and deployed to defuse potentially violent encounters on Election Day.

#clergy, #elections, #poor-peoples-campaign-coalition, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Radical Cleric Ignites an Islamist Resistance in Afghanistan

The cleric’s supporters in Herat are enforcing harsh Shariah law reminiscent of the Taliban’s. Women are alarmed, and the government has been able to do little.

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.

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Supreme Court Stays Execution of Texas Inmate Over Issue of Spiritual Adviser

Ruben Gutierrez’s lawyers argued that he had the right to have a Christian chaplain present during his execution.

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The Constitutional Separation of Church and State Faces Demise

The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.

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Trump’s Visits to Church and Shrine Draw Fierce Rebukes From D.C. Clergy

The Episcopal bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the president was using holy sites as political props.

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Pakistan Coronavirus Lockdown Is Thwarted by Imams as Ramadan Nears

The government gave in to clerics’ demands that mosques be allowed to stay open during the Islamic holy month. Now critics are asking who’s in charge.

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Stirring Sermons About Coronavirus, in Empty Cathedrals

With large gatherings banned, ministers will preach messages of calm and compassion on Sunday as parishioners watch on live stream.

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