Chicago, US
RNS

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is planning to put its downtown headquarters up for sale.

The dark, midcentury office building at 65 E Huron St, not far from the city’s downtown landmarks and glittering Magnificent Mile, houses the offices of the bishop, Episcopal Charities and

Rome, Italy
AP

A restoration of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures of the Madonna and Christ has uncovered previously unknown details, including the artist's tool marks, that had been hidden under centuries of dust and wax.

Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo said Wednesday that the cleaning of the Bandini

RNS

Months ahead of their planned annual meeting, some Southern Baptist leaders are embracing an unofficial moniker for their gathering and, in some cases, for themselves: Great Commission Baptists.

The name simultaneously distances them from a regional affiliation and focuses on the command of Jesus for his followers

Amman, Jordan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Almost six weeks after the Beirut port blast nearly blinded her in one eye, Kawthar Halabi has been unable to return to work as she is still having fragments of glass picked out of her flesh.

After eight days in hospital, more than

Columbus, Ohio
AP

Houses of worship can't be shut down by local or state officials, and elections can't be moved from their prescribed dates, under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Governor Mike DeWine and pushed by fellow Republican lawmakers angered over orders meant to slow the

Thomson Reuters Foundation

South Sudanese activist Rita Lopidia was just a child when shells started falling in her hometown of Juba, forcing her and her family to flee the fighting in the 1990s.

Her experience with years of civil war and displacement and her campaign for women's

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican responded Wednesday to criticism that the title of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the post-COVID world is sexist, saying the document, Fratelli Tutti , ( Brothers All ) in no way excludes women.

In Italian, “fratelli” means brothers but it is also used as the inclusive,

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Uganda is investigating the deaths of 10 refugees and a local teenager in a dispute over water, a government minister said on Wednesday, urging the world to do more to help Africa's biggest refugee host country.

Violence erupted last week after a disagreement

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Governments' failure to recognise the land rights of indigenous communities and their role in protecting biodiversity could lead to more coronavirus-like pandemics, researchers said on Tuesday.

A study of more than 40 countries found many local people's land claims were being ignored, amid

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A quarter of Hong Kong's social enterprises could go out of business by the end of the year, according to a new poll, threatening the jobs of hundreds of employees as the coronavirus pandemic takes a heavy toll on the city's economy.

COVID-19 has exacerbated

Washington DC, US
RNS

Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed the faith-based anti-poverty group the Poor People’s Campaign at a virtual event on Monday evening, telling its members, “I want to be part of your movement.”

The gathering, which operated under the theme 'Voting is power unleashed', focused

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