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Mormon Church Sued for Alleged Role in Boy Scouts Sex Abuse

Mormon Church Sued for Alleged Role in Boy Scouts Sex Abuse

By Terry Tang | Dec 29, 2020

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hit with lawsuits for allegedly covering up decades of sexual abuse among Boy Scout troops in Arizona, marking the latest litigation before the state's end-of-year deadline for adult victims to sue.

Pope Proclaims Year of Families, Offers Advice to Keep Peace

Pope Proclaims Year of Families, Offers Advice to Keep Peace

Dec 27, 2020

Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed an upcoming year dedicated to the family as he doubled down on one of his papal priorities and urged renewed attention to his controversial 2016 document on family life.

A Pandemic Christmas: Churches Shut, Borders Complicated

A Pandemic Christmas: Churches Shut, Borders Complicated

By Frances D'Emilio | Dec 25, 2020

Curfews, quarantines and even border closings complicated Christmas celebrations Friday for countless people around the globe, but ingenuity, determination and imagination helped keep the day special for many.

Pope on Christmas: Vaccines for All; Needy, Vulnerable First

Pope on Christmas: Vaccines for All; Needy, Vulnerable First

By Frances D'Emilio | Dec 25, 2020

Pope Francis made a Christmas Day plea for authorities to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all, insisting that the first in line should be the most vulnerable and needy, regardless of who holds the patents for the shots.

Christmas Unites Community After Fire Guts Historic Church

Christmas Unites Community After Fire Guts Historic Church

By Luis Andres Henao and Emily Leshner | Dec 24, 2020

At Christmases past, parishioners at Middle Collegiate in New York City rejoiced over gospel hymns, carols and soul tunes played on a Steinway piano that is now only metal and ashes after the historic church was destroyed this month by fire.

From 'Worst to Best' -- Chris Pratt Declares Himself the 'Better Chris'

From 'Worst to Best' -- Chris Pratt Declares Himself the 'Better Chris'

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 22, 2020

In a series of Instagram jokes, Chris Pratt has declared himself the "better Chris."

President in the Pews: DC Churches Offer Biden Options

President in the Pews: DC Churches Offer Biden Options

By Will Weissert and Elana Schor | Dec 20, 2020

This is one of the last places where Biden can at least try to blend in, a luxury that probably will fade away completely when he takes office next month.

VA Congressman Censured by Own Party for Officiating Same-Sex Marriage

VA Congressman Censured by Own Party for Officiating Same-Sex Marriage

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 18, 2020

On Saturday, the Appomattox County Republican Committee censured GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman for officiating a same-sex marriage last year, as well as condemning President Trump and congratulating President-elect Joe Biden.

Palm Beach County and Boca Raton Petition for Conversion Therapy Re-Hearing

Palm Beach County and Boca Raton Petition for Conversion Therapy Re-Hearing

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 15, 2020

Palm Beach County and Boca Raton are challenging a court panel decision in November that reversed a ban on conversion therapy.

Trump Eases Rules for Religious Social Service Providers

Trump Eases Rules for Religious Social Service Providers

By Collin Binkley | Dec 15, 2020

The Trump administration on Monday moved to loosen Obama-era restrictions on religious organizations that receive federal money to provide social services.

Church Vandalism Exposes Divisions Over Faith and Politics

Church Vandalism Exposes Divisions Over Faith and Politics

By Elana Schor | Dec 15, 2020

Vandalism at four downtown Washington churches after rallies in support of President Donald Trump are exposing rifts among people of faith as the nation confronts bitter post-election political divisions.

Mexico's Top Bishop 'Completely Agrees' with Pope on Rights for Gay Families

Mexico's Top Bishop 'Completely Agrees' with Pope on Rights for Gay Families

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 13, 2020

The Catholic church's top-ranking cardinal in Mexico, Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, said that he and Pope Francis "completely agree" when it comes to rights for gay and lesbian families.

Michigan Court Rules Companies Can Refuse to Serve Gay People

Michigan Court Rules Companies Can Refuse to Serve Gay People

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 11, 2020

A Michigan court ruled this week that companies can refuse to serve people on the basis of sexual orientation.

No NFL Support of LGBTQ Community in My Cause My Cleats

No NFL Support of LGBTQ Community in My Cause My Cleats

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 10, 2020

Of the hundreds of NFL players participating in My Cause My Cleats this week, at least ten are supporting causes that either perpetuate or seek to dismantle anti-LGBTQ bias.

Watch: Gay Man's Viral Video of Mother Denouncing His Engagement

Watch: Gay Man's Viral Video of Mother Denouncing His Engagement

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 9, 2020

Henry Jimenez, a gay Mexican man, has gone viral for a heartbreaking video where his religious mother berates him for getting engaged and being gay.

Anti-LGBTQ Private School Where Karen Pence Teaches Receives $725k COVID-19 Relief

Anti-LGBTQ Private School Where Karen Pence Teaches Receives $725k COVID-19 Relief

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 8, 2020

The private Christian school where Karen Pence teaches received nearly $725,000 through the US government's Paycheck Protection Program for COVID-19 relief.

Labour Shadow Minister Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage Comment

Labour Shadow Minister Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage Comment

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 8, 2020

Janet Daby, the Labour party's shadow minister for faith, has resigned after saying public officials in the UK should have the right to deny certifying same-sex marriages.

A Unique Recipe for Healing: Bill Murray and a Biblical Text

A Unique Recipe for Healing: Bill Murray and a Biblical Text

By Elana Schor and Andrew Welsh-Huggins | Dec 6, 2020

Against the backdrop of a pandemic's blight and wounds from an acrimonious election, a group of acclaimed actors on Sunday will stage an online reading of a religious text with remarkable relevance to the current moment: the Book of Job.

White House Takes Credit for Bush-Era World AIDS Day Commemoration

White House Takes Credit for Bush-Era World AIDS Day Commemoration

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 4, 2020

The White House has shamelessly taken credit for honoring World AIDS Day "in a way that no president has before," according to Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Pope Elevates 13 New Cardinals Then Puts Them in Their Place

Pope Elevates 13 New Cardinals Then Puts Them in Their Place

By Nicole Winfield | Nov 28, 2020

Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain.

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