The Slingshot: A little Lutheran-Catholic love; Lourdes pilgrims have faith; Faith has limits


Need to know: 08/16/2016

True communion

US Lutherans approve document recognizing agreement with Catholic Church

The 32 “Statements of Agreement” say Lutherans and Catholics no longer have church-dividing differences on issues of church, ministry and the Eucharist. More from Religion News Service

Safe passage

Under heavy security, Catholic pilgrims visit Lourdes shrine

A helicopter circled overhead as thousands of visitors bearing candles and banners streamed toward the celebrated grotto, undeterred recent extremist attacks. More from The Big Story

Solomonic settlement

Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs settle dispute over Nobel Prize and Bible

A Georgia judge signed an order on Monday ending an ownership dispute among the slain civil rights leader's children. More from The Christian Science Monitor

Hate crime investigation

Man charged with murder in killing of two New York City Muslims

Still no clear motive as double homicide becomes flashpoint in national debate over anti-Islam rhetoric. More from Religion News Service

Mormon no more

‘I’m not a Mormon’: Fresh ‘mass resignation’ over anti-LGBT beliefs

“” claims it has helped over 12,000 people resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More from

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Radical politics

Donald Trump’s jihad on Muslims

The Republican candidate believes that if we utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism” enough times, a genie in a bottle will come defeat ISIS, writes commentator Arsalan Iftikhar. More from Religion News Service

Department of historical irony

Upset by Brexit, some British Jews look to Germany

A desire to retain the right to live and work on the Continent after Britain leaves the bloc has led some to explore what was once unthinkable. More from

Track starts

Will sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay be redeemed at the Olympics?

Both men are Christians and both have also suffered sanctions and suspensions for doping. Can they overcome that in Rio? More from Religion News Service

Karmic strokes

Zen Buddhism helped Olympian Anthony Ervin turn his life around

Ervin suffered from addiction and homelessness before his triumphant comeback in Rio. More from

Do not try this at home

Woman dies after prophet puts heavy speaker on her body to demonstrate a miracle

Pastor Lethebo Rabalango was preaching that if Jesus walked on water, he too could do anything with faith. More from