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Justice Department says it can defend religious schools’ exemption from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws

The standoff between religious liberties and anti-discrimination laws is coming to a head
  • Jun 9, 2021

Vaccines push the question: Are you going back to church?

The return to congregations is more pointed in the Catholic Church, whose bishops are withdrawing "dispensations." Some find it motivating while others say formal "obligations" are unsafe and pressuring.
  • Jun 6, 2021

Catholic officials in D.C. and its suburbs ease coronavirus restrictions

Catholic churches in D.C., suburban Maryland and suburban Virginia lifted mask and attendance restrictions for worshipers starting Friday, church officials said, citing new public health guidelines.
  • May 28, 2021

Driven by Biden presidency, U.S. bishops next month are expected to approve controversial Communion inquiry

Divisions among bishops over how to handle pro-choice Catholic politicians comes as Supreme Court abortion case approaches.
  • May 25, 2021

Jewish American groups appeal to Biden White House after string of antisemitic attacks related to Israel

U.S. Jews grew concerned in recent years as far-right extremism grew. Now Mideast violence is prompting a different threat.
  • May 21, 2021

Russell Moore’s departure from the Southern Baptist Convention’s leadership prompts questions over its future

Moore was an early critic of Donald Trump and accused other evangelical leaders of “normalizing an awful candidate.” His exit follows other high-profile departures from the convention.
  • May 19, 2021

New poll: Young U.S. Jews becoming more Orthodox as American Judaism splits between devout and secular

The growth of U.S. Jewish population is bucking once-feared predictions that the small faith group would disappear.
  • May 11, 2021

Mother’s Day is a bigger deal when you haven’t seen Mom all year

Tears and hugs after a year of isolation as many people are seeing their moms this Mother's Day for the first time in person since pandemic began
  • May 8, 2021

Ex-priest indicted, accused of sexually assaulting Va. teen in 1979

Australian Paul David Ryan spent 17 years in the Catholic priesthood despite numerous complaints.
  • May 4, 2021