US pastors struggle with post-pandemic burnout. Survey shows half considered quitting since 2020
The Associated Press: Post-pandemic burnout is at worrying levels among Christian clergy in the U.S., prompting many to think about abandoning their jobs, according to a new nationwide survey.
The Associated Press: In the greatest rebuke yet to Pope Francis, the Catholic bishops of Africa and Madagascar issued a unified statement Thursday refusing to follow his declaration allowing priests to offer blessings to same-sex couples and asserting that such unions are “contrary to the will of God.”
The Conversation: Atheist churches serve many of the same purposes as religious churches. Their growth is evidence that religious decline does not necessarily mean a decline in community, ritual or people's well-being.
Christianity Today: Satellite congregations are popping up wherever a critical mass can be found, from Florida to Portugal to Kazakhstan.
BBC: The icon depicts scenes from the life of St Matrona of Moscow, a 20th Century Russian visionary and healer. In one, the Russian Orthodox saint can be seen blessing Stalin.
Religion News Service: An irreverent biblical comedy counters decades of whitewashed and stiff-necked biblical narratives.