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Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

By Katja Ridderbusch | Apr 16, 2021

Airport chaplains have become close witnesses to people's worsening mental condition. "No doubt, the pandemic has accelerated the need for our services to a new level," said the Rev. Greg McBrayer.

Justin Bieber Calls Out Celebrity Churches & Pastors Who 'Put Themselves on this Pedestal'

Justin Bieber Calls Out Celebrity Churches & Pastors Who 'Put Themselves on this Pedestal'

By Brendan Walker | Apr 14, 2021

In an interview with GQ this week, Justin Bieber bashed religious organizers and pastors who, in his words, "put themselves on this pedestal."

High Court Halts Calif. Virus Rules Limiting Home Worship

High Court Halts Calif. Virus Rules Limiting Home Worship

By Jessica Gresko | Apr 10, 2021

The Supreme Court is telling California that it can't enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings.

Pope Urges Hope Amid 'Darkness' of Pandemic in Easter Vigil

Pope Urges Hope Amid 'Darkness' of Pandemic in Easter Vigil

By Nicole Winfield | Apr 4, 2021

Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued "dark months" of the pandemic as he celebrated a scaled-back Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday.

Mormon Leader: Prejudice, Racism Has No Place in Faith

Mormon Leader: Prejudice, Racism Has No Place in Faith

By Brady McCombs | Apr 4, 2021

A leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued another plea Saturday for members to be welcoming to people of all faiths and ethnicities.

Catholic Bishops Opposed Suicide Hotline Because It Helped LGBTQ People

Catholic Bishops Opposed Suicide Hotline Because It Helped LGBTQ People

By Kilian Melloy | Apr 3, 2021

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposed a 2019 bill that created the National Suicide Hotline because the legislation sought to prevent LGBTQ suicides.

Catholic Women's Groups Protest Vatican's Gay Union stance

Catholic Women's Groups Protest Vatican's Gay Union stance

Apr 1, 2021

Five Catholic women's organizations in German-speaking areas have released an open letter calling for the Vatican to reverse its position that priests cannot bless same-sex unions.

Pope Taps Gay Chilean Sex Abuse Whistleblower for Vatican Panel

Pope Taps Gay Chilean Sex Abuse Whistleblower for Vatican Panel

By Frances D'Emilio | Mar 24, 2021

Pope Francis on Wednesday named a Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse to serve on a Vatican commission that advises the pontiff on how to protect children from pedophile priests.

Germany: Theology Professors Blast Vatican Gay Union Stance

Germany: Theology Professors Blast Vatican Gay Union Stance

Mar 22, 2021

More than 230 professors of Catholic theology in Germany and other countries where German is spoken have signed a statement protesting the Vatican's recent pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, adding to dissent over the document.

Researcher Says: 'Sex Addiction' Isn't a Justification for Killing

Researcher Says: 'Sex Addiction' Isn't a Justification for Killing

Mar 22, 2021

A researcher reflects on how religion interacts with sexual behaviors and feelings of addiction.

Watch: 'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Says He Was Fired From University for Being Gay

Watch: 'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Says He Was Fired From University for Being Gay

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 22, 2021

In a new YouTube video, Daniel Franzese said Ohio-based Walsh University fired him for being gay.

In Pope's Homeland, Ex-Priest Leaves Church Over Gay Unions

In Pope's Homeland, Ex-Priest Leaves Church Over Gay Unions

By Débora Rey | Mar 19, 2021

A former priest and LGBTQ activist who has blessed same-sex unions in Pope Francis' home country, Argentina, is leaving the Roman Catholic Church after the Vatican issued a pronouncement this week that priests may not perform such blessings.

Vatican Cardinal Defends Gay Union Blessing Ban Amid Dissent

Vatican Cardinal Defends Gay Union Blessing Ban Amid Dissent

By Nicole Winfield | Mar 18, 2021

A cardinal close to Pope Francis defended a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions as the Vatican faced outright dissent from some Catholic clergy and questions about the pontiff's role in approving the document.

U.K. Evangelical Church Alliance Warns Against Banning Conversion Therapy

U.K. Evangelical Church Alliance Warns Against Banning Conversion Therapy

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 18, 2021

The U.K.'s largest Evangelical body warns that banning conversion therapy is a slippery slope to criminalizing church leaders.

Belgian Bishop Lashes Out at Vatican Over Gay Unions Decree

Belgian Bishop Lashes Out at Vatican Over Gay Unions Decree

By Raf Casert | Mar 17, 2021

A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin."

Milo Yiannopolous to Open Conversion Therapy Facility in Florida

Milo Yiannopolous to Open Conversion Therapy Facility in Florida

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 16, 2021

The right-wing provocateur said he will open a conversion therapy facility in Florida.

LGBTQ Catholics Stung by Vatican Rebuff of Same-Sex Unions

LGBTQ Catholics Stung by Vatican Rebuff of Same-Sex Unions

By David Crary and Luis Andres Henao | Mar 15, 2021

The Vatican's declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless.

Vatican Bars Gay Union Blessing, Says God 'Can't Bless Sin'

Vatican Bars Gay Union Blessing, Says God 'Can't Bless Sin'

By Nicole Winfield | Mar 15, 2021

The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin."

Conversion Therapy Church Cannot Sue Vimeo, Court Rules

Conversion Therapy Church Cannot Sue Vimeo, Court Rules

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 11, 2021

Church United cannot sue Vimeo Inc. for having its account deleted after promoting conversion therapy, a federal appeals court in New York ruled.

LGBTQ Rights Bill Ignites Debate Over Religious Liberty

LGBTQ Rights Bill Ignites Debate Over Religious Liberty

By David Crary | Mar 8, 2021

A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate after winning House approval, its prospects seem bleak.

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