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Need to know: 09/21/2016

He said something

Man who led police to bombing suspect is an immigrant, too

Harinder Singh Bains, originally from India and a Sikh, recognized the suspect asleep in a bar doorway in northern New Jersey. More from Religion News Service

Oh, Snapchat!

Christian university expels student after racial social media post

Belmont University tossed a freshman who Snapchatted a racial slur and a threat against African-American football players. More from Religion News Service

Facebook fail

Pakistani Christian charged with blasphemy over Mecca snap

Nabeel Chohan was arrested for liking and sharing on social media a disparaging photograph of the Kaaba, the building that Muslims turn and pray to five times a day. More from

All in the family

Pastor’s lawyers: Funneling church money into wife’s music career was in church’s best interest

Kong Hee of Singapore was convicted of misusing $50 million of his City Harvest Church funds partly to support his wife, Sun Ho, who planned to release an album in the U.S. More from Charisma News

Incremental mission

Chabad is Orthodox, but Jewish students it caters to are not

Chabad claims it isn’t interested in making more Hasidim, and a new study bears that out. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

Adorable alert

In Assisi, Pope Francis lunches with world refugees

Refugee children steal the spotlight from religious leaders who joined the pontiff in the home of the medieval friar who is his namesake. More from Religion News Service

Gig religion

Japan’s newest technology innovation: Priest delivery

In a country where disruptive startups are relatively rare, a new service available on Amazon ignites a debate over faith and money. More from

Don’t Mass with Texas

Why go to Vatican City when you can see the Sistine Chapel at the Texas State Fair?

"Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” makes its first U.S. stop in Dallas on Sept. 30. More from GuideLive

Not the promised land

Brexit prompts some Jewish Britons to reconcile with German roots

For British Jews applying for German citizenship, the decision taps into deep emotional baggage due to the weight of history. More from Religion News Service


D. Keith Mano, novelist who tackled Christianity, sex and more, dies at 74

The conservative Christian author made a splash with his first novel, “Bishop’s Progress,” in which an Episcopal bishop wrestles with the devil. More from