Rabbi recounts fear and heroism during deadliest antisemitic attack in US history
A rabbi who survived the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history says he immediately recognized the sound of gunfire coming from elsewhere inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that day and that he tried to get members of his congregation to safety.
Vatican questions $17 million donation to impact investing fund, moves to prevent similar gifts
Pope Francis has asked aides to get to the bottom of how at least $17 million was transferred from the Vatican’s U.S.-based missionary fundraising coffers into an impact investing vehicle run by a priest.
Chicago cardinal defends compensation plan, urges info on abusers after Illinois abuse report
The archbishop of Chicago is urging the Illinois attorney general to provide information about newly uncovered cases of priests who sexually abused minors that were included in a statewide investigative report.
Firewalkers in Greece honor Saint Constantine in mystery-shrouded, centuries-old rituals
Over three days at the end of spring, devotees of St. Constantine in a smattering of villages in northern Greece celebrate his feast with a series of intensely mystical rituals that include walking on beds of burning coals.
Illinois AG probe: Catholic clergy sexual abuse of kids was far more common than church acknowledged
Illinois’ attorney general has released the results of a sweeping investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, saying investigators found that 451 clergy sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950, which was far more than the 103 individuals the church had named when the state review began in 2018.
Tensions in heavily GOP Tenn. county after conservative takeover reflect wider battle over elections
Conservative groups that have targeted and won majorities on local boards and commissions across the United States over the past couple years are now pressing agendas that include election distrust, skepticism of government and a desire to have religion play a greater role in public decision-making.
Pittsburgh Jewish community monitoring hate speech amid trial of suspect in synagogue massacre
The head of security for Pittsburgh’s Jewish community says there has been an “uptick in hate speech” on the internet in the early stages of the trial of the man accused of killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018.
Man indicted on 98 charges including hate crimes for 2022 shooting at Taiwanese church in California
A man accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a shooting at a Southern California church luncheon last year has been charged with dozens of federal hate crimes in connection with the attack, which investigators say was motivated by political hatred of Taiwan.
Pope voices willingness to return Indigenous loot, artifacts
Pope Francis says talks are underway to return artifacts in the Vatican Museum that were acquired from Indigenous peoples in Canada and has voiced a willingness to return other colonial-era objects in the Vatican’s collection on a case-by-case basis.