Quote of the Day: Stripper Francesco Lombardi

“It was fun. A sort of mixing of the holy and the profane.” — Self-proclaimed “world champion stripper” Francesco Lombardi, after his parrot, Amore, was blessed by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. He was quoted by ANSA.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.

COMMENTARY: Understanding the faith of Cathy McMorris Rodgers

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) While those of us in Spokane are already familiar with our congresswoman, little is known about her alma mater, Pensacola Christian College. A brief introduction to PCC might help illuminate some of the formative ideas that have shaped the faith and religious views of this rising star within the GOP.

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American Jewish Committee supports contraception mandate

More than 80 friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed in the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate case, and the most provocative question they address is whether for-profit corporations have a First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. But even if the Court says they do, that doesn’t guarantee Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood their exemptions from the mandate.

A scene from "I Origins" with Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergs Frisbey. Photo by Jelena Vukotic, courtesy of Sundance Institute

COMMENTARY: The prophets of Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (RNS) The annual Sundance Film Festival is like a tribe huddled around a campfire listening to the stories. These stories function like burning bushes, as prophetic calls to action.

Quote of the Day: Pastor Chris Douglas

“They made it sound like we were animals, which is the furthest from the truth. Obviously we were amped up because we care for him so much, but nobody called anybody names, nobody made any threats. The real threat is putting an innocent man behind bars.”
— Chris Douglas, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Mo., who is fighting to allow members of the church to attend the sentencing of a parishioner who was convicted of armed robbery. Prosecutors have asked to ban church members from the hearing after they were disruptive at previous hearings. He was quoted by The Post-Dispatch.