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Biden tells dueling prayer breakfasts that ‘diversity is one of our greatest strengths’

(RNS) — Speaking to a refashioned National Prayer Breakfast gathered at the Capitol with a new board and in a new location, President Joe Biden encouraged leaders of Congress to find ways to unify despite their political and religious differences.

State AGs warn pharmacies about mailing abortion pills

NASHVILLE (BP) – Attorneys general in 20 states warned CVS and Walgreens Wednesday (Feb. 1) they will violate the law if they sell abortion pills through the mail.

Churches reported to SBC Credentials Committee over Johnny Hunt invites

NASHVILLE (BP) – Two Southern Baptist churches have been reported to the SBC Credentials Committee on the grounds that the churches are out of step with the convention’s stances on sexual abuse.

‘John Doe’ forced to give full name in suit alleging clergy sexual abuse

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – A former Catholic church musician anonymously alleging he was raped has been forced to identify himself by name in order to continue his legal action against the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.

FIRST-PERSON: How we can speak to men in the abortion conversation

As a pastor, father and follower of Christ, I have often found myself with a heavy heart when I think and pray about abortion. I’m saddened. I’m sickened. I’m burdened for the life of preborn children who are precious in the sight of God. And I have a deep conviction that there’s more that I can do for the preborn, their mothers and their fathers.

Public trust in pastors falls to historic low

As fewer Americans interact with pastors on a regular basis, fewer say they trust clergy overall.

Minnesota first to codify abortion as ‘fundamental right’ post-Roe

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BP) – Minnesota is the first state to codify abortion as a “fundamental right” after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, joining four states and the District of Columbia where legislative laws affirm abortion rights throughout pregnancy.

Georgia BCMs to get new facilities on 5 university campuses

SUWANEE, Ga. – The Georgia Baptist Mission Board has entered into a revolutionary ground lease deal with private investors to construct new facilities for Baptist Collegiate Ministries at five state universities with the possibility of expanding to additional campuses in the future.

In Haiti, gangs take control as democracy withers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jimmy Cherizier zips through Haiti's capital on the back of a motorcycle, flanked by young men wielding black and leopard print masks and automatic weapons.

After Tyre Nichols’ death, holistic approach needed, pastor says

MEMPHIS (BP) – The swift criminal indictment of five police officers and the release of camera footage after the death of Tyre Nichols are positive steps toward transparency in policing, Southern Baptist pastor Bartholomew Orr told Baptist Press after meeting with local and federal officials.