The Slingshot: Pope to visit quake victims, female imams, Kimye’s pastor


Need to know: 08/29/2016

‘The support of Christian hope’

Pope pledges to visit Italian quake victims

Pope Francis led prayers for the victims of Italy’s earthquake and announced plans to visit survivors in the affected area soon. More from Religion News Service

A day of remembrance

Muslim holy day on Sept. 11? Coincidence stirs fears

The potential for Eid al-Adha to fall on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks has stirred apprehension among Muslims across the country. More from

Challenging conversations

Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide

The South is dotted with cities that have two First Baptist Churches. The two in Macon, Ga., are trying to bridge the stubborn divide of race. More from

Birds, bees and Batman

New Vatican manual warns that sex is not just for pleasure

Take your sexuality seriously, the church advises young people. With an assist from some superheroes. More from Religion News Service

Off on a technicality

Lawsuit against Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill elder dismissed

The suit, dismissed without prejudice, still can be refiled. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

R.I.P. Rebbetzin

Esther Jungreis, ‘the Jewish Billy Graham,’ dies at 80

Esther Jungreis, a charismatic speaker and teacher whose popular revival-style assemblies urged secular Jews to study Torah and embrace traditional religious values, died on Tuesday in Brooklyn. More from

Christian values in an American key

Michelle and Hillary: A tale of two Christians

Sally Vance-Trembath admires both women for — in their individual ways — living out their faith. More from Religion News Service

Prayers against patriarchy

Women lead Friday prayers at Denmark’s first female-run mosque

One of two female imams at the Mariam mosque in Copenhagen says its aim is to challenge patriarchal structures and inspire other women. More from

Prosperity and produce

Did religion save this Guatemalan town?

Guatemala is reported to be the most evangelical country in the Americas. And, according to the Pew Research Center, it has the highest rate of believers who say faith reaps success. More from Public Radio International

The Ministry of Fun

The feel-good gospel of the pastor made famous by Kimye and Bieber

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., has officiated the wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, guested on “Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons” and attended to the soul of Justin Bieber. More from Esquire