Sainte Ann Catholic Church on Mackinac Island, Michigan. PICTURE: RNS/Bob Smietana

In a battle between a squirrel and the Son of God, the squirrel won.

But Jesus, as always, made a comeback.

A squirrel trapped at Ste  Anne Catholic Church on Mackinac

Budapest, Hungary

Coronavirus infections are ravaging Hungary's 700,000-strong Roma community, according to personal accounts that suggest multiple deaths in single families are common in an unchecked outbreak fuelled by deep distrust of authorities.

Data on infections in the community is unavailable but interviews with about a dozen Roma, who often

Bangkok, Thailand
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An ambitious Indonesian project to create a single database of the country's land area and stop conflicts is destined to flounder unless it includes maps created by Indigenous communities, advocates said on Wednesday.

The One Map policy, rolled out a decade ago

Jerusalem, Israel

Crosses etched in mysterious abundance across the walls of Christianity's most sacred church were long assumed to be graffiti, but they may be the work of mediaeval masons paid to carve them by pilgrims, research suggests.

Revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus’s

Washington DC, US

Two Roman Catholic bishops and other church leaders have teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organisation, to condemn discrimination against transgender people, the groups announced Wednesday.

In a statement provided to Religion News Service, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New

Aden, Yemen

Yemen received its first COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, a week after the internationally recognised government declared a health emergency in areas under its control.

The 360,000 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine arrived by plane at Aden, part of a consignment from the global COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme

Maputo, Mozambique

Thousands of people fleeing an attack claimed by Islamic State have made their way to safety elsewhere in northern Mozambique, aid workers said, while a small group of victims arrived by boat in neighbouring Tanzania.

Insurgents hit the coastal town of Palma, adjacent to gas

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Tropical forest losses hit their third-highest level in almost two decades last year, despite improved conservation in parts of South-East Asia, researchers said on Wednesday, warning of rising deforestation risks as nations restart pandemic-hit economies.

The loss in 2020 of 4.2 million

Beijing, China

A top Chinese medical expert said on Wednesday there was no factual basis to accusations that China did not share data with international researchers appointed by the World Health Organization to look into the origins of COVID-19. 

Following the publication of the joint study into

Washington DC, US

The United States and 13 other countries expressed concerns on Tuesday that the World Health Organization report on the origins of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was delayed and lacked access to complete data, according to a joint statement.

It followed WHO Director-General


A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year billed as the first all-civilian spaceflight in history.

The two latest citizen astronauts were introduced at a


The African American caucus within the Southern Baptist Convention has asked its denomination’s seminary presidents to do more to address continuing tensions about racism and critical race theory.

The denomination’s Council of Seminary Presidents issued a statement in November declaring the academic theory that examines systemic


Most Americans know President Joe Biden is Roman Catholic but there are stark differences - especially based on political party - in how they believe he should live out his faith, a new study shows.

About six in 10 US adults (58 per cent) recognise Biden 

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Nearly nine in 10 leading global climate economists think climate change will deepen income inequality between rich and poor countries, with most calling for urgent action to cut planet-warming emissions, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The impacts of rising temperatures could create "enormous difficulties" for


Faith leaders in Georgia are fighting back against a new law that bans offering food and water to people waiting in line to vote, with many voicing opposition or planning protests against a statute they say targets people of colour.

Religious leaders were quick to criticise the




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