The Slingshot: Kinder, gentler cardinals; Ralph Reed for Trump; a Saudi flirt’s fate


Need to know: 10/11/2016

Men In Red

Pope Francis’ cardinal choices bring surprises, especially for the US church

The pontiff passes over prelates favored by cultural warriors of the right and chooses more pastoral bishops. More from Religion News Service

Defending The Donald

After lewd tape release, Ralph Reed lays out evangelical case for Trump

The Faith & Freedom Coalition founder and chairman says Christians can’t avoid the “mud and mire of politics.” More from Religion News Service

Eviscerating the Donald

‘Lecherous and worthless’: Megachurch pastor from Trump’s own evangelical council denounces him

Pastor James MacDonald called Trump’s lewd comments “misogynistic trash” – and called the man worse. More from


A Saudi teen flirted online with a woman in California and ended up in jail

The religious police rounded up a 17-year-old boy who seemed to be engaged in what online followers considered innocent teen talk. More from

New Guard

The new anti-abortion leaders look little like their elders

In the era of Trump and Whole Woman’s Health, the future of pro-life activism is young, female, secular, and “feminist," writes Ruth Graham. More from Slate Magazine

Bonus tracks

Devout and dead

Jain girl, 13, dies after observing fast to bring good luck to family

A priest had advised her parents to ask her to fast to recover from their business losses. She didn’t eat for 68 days. More from The Times of India

Repenting for real

On Yom Kippur: Criminal justice reform for a new year

America’s criminal justice system is in desperate need of “teshuvah,” Hebrew for repentance, writes Rabbi Jill Jacobs. More from Religion News Service

Any takers?

For $54,000, Tupac Shakur’s prison Bible can be yours

The Bible is signed with his inmate number and purportedly dates from the time he served for a sexual assault conviction. More from The Huffington Post


For Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt, a movie adaptation with some of-the-moment lessons

“Denial” tells the true story of the Emory University professor who took on a notorious Holocaust denier, and won. More from

A Holy Land playlist

When Bruce Springsteen plays Israel

What a gift to the Jewish world, writes Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service