RNS

Rev Ed Litton, an Alabama pastor known for his work on racial reconciliation, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention this summer.

Litton enters an increasingly crowded field for SBC president, joining Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler, Georgia pastor Mike Stone and

Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis is once again canceling public appearances due to nerve pain. 

Francis will not participate in three events over the coming days “due to a recurrence of sciatica,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement on Saturday. 

The 84-year-old pope will go ahead

Pittsburgh
AP

The son of a couple killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 worshippers is suing the National Rifle Association, arguing the group’s inflammatory rhetoric led to the violence.

Marc Simon, the son of Sylvan and Bernice Simon, filed the wrongful death lawsuit Thursday in

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Britain's anti-labour exploitation agency is ramping up investigations into worker abuses and uncovering more suspected victims of modern slavery, but few are choosing to receive support from the government, a report showed on Thursday.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority - which has

Thomson Reuters Foundation

After widespread disruption caused by COVID-19 in 2020, businesses around the world hope the roll-out of vaccines this year can accelerate a return to normal.

To speed things up, some are even incentivising their staff to get vaccinated. Dollar General Corp, Instacart and Trader Joe’s

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

News that Australia is to award tennis great Margaret Court the country's highest honour next week has stoked controversy because of her views on LGBTQ+ issues including her opposition to same-sex marriage.

News that Court, who won 24 singles Grand Slam titles in her career

Madrid, Spain/Rome, Italy
AP

The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims of 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, a much higher number than the cases that had so far been publicly known.

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world what it is like to go through a dangerous emergency of the kind that could occur if climate change accelerates - and offers lessons on how to respond, the head of the UN climate science panel

RNS

Jen Hatmaker was “proud” to offer the final prayer in the liturgy for the inaugural interfaith prayer service Thursday hosted virtually by the Washington National Cathedral.

The popular Christian author, speaker and podcaster has also apologised for it - at least for the first line of the

RNS

A statement released by US bishops on Wednesday after President Joe Biden’s inauguration highlighted tensions between Catholic teachings and the new administration and put a spotlight on the divided episcopacy in the country.

“Today, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an ill-considered statement on the day

Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

Japan doubled down on its commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and flatly denied reports on Friday of a cancellation, in a move that is unlikely to temper public fears of holding the event during a global pandemic.

Though much of Japan is

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