Leprosy survivors look to Mother Marianne’s sainthood

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (RNS) With the Oct. 21 canonization of Mother Marianne Cope at the Vatican, the remaining patients at the Hawaiian leper colony where she worked want to ensure their stories are recorded and their home preserved. By Renee K. Gadoua.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Learning from (dis)ability

(RNS) The good news is that some churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples are already welcoming people with disabilities and preparing for the coming influx of wounded vets and creaky boomers. The bad news is that some congregations still resist making themselves welcoming, accessible and inclusive. By Mark Pinksy.

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Conservatives line up against sperm donors, but lack the power to ban them

WASHINGTON (RNS) Social conservatives say its unfair to allow children conceived through egg or sperm donors not to know their parents. They also know they're unlikely to be able to ban the practice. Like opposition to divorce or gay adoption, it leaves them with a dilemma: opposing something without the ability to ban it. By Chris Lisee.

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Forced abortion in China prompts outrage, calls for reform

BEIJING (RNS) A pregnant woman who was dragged to a hospital by authorities and forced to have an abortion has enraged Chinese and sparked an online flurry of debate over whether it is time to end China's draconian one-child family planning policy. By Calum MacLeod.

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