Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy is an author at Religion News Service.

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The legacies of John Paul II and John XXIII

April 22, 2014

(RNS) Religion News Service asked experts, biographers and theologians to assess the two popes who will be canonized on Sunday.

New organization unites American Muslims in one coalition

March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) The new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations says its first charge is to conduct a census of Muslims in the U.S. to get a better handle on what issues Muslims care about ahead of the 2016 elections.

After long fight, Washington’s ‘ugliest church’ meets the wrecking ball

March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) Legal scholars and developers followed the case closely after it raised an important question: If the owners want to tear down a building, can somebody else force them to keep it?

Questions and answers about Ash Wednesday

March 4, 2014

(RNS) Everything you need to know about Ash Wednesday, which kicks off the 40-day period of reflection, penance and fasting in Lent.

Pennsylvania parents sentenced in second faith-healing death

February 19, 2014

(RNS) Herbert and Catherine Schaible were already on a 10-year probation for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent, when their second son Brandon died last year.

84-year-old nun gets 35 months for breaking into nuclear facility

February 18, 2014

(RNS) An 84-year-old nun gets nearly three years in prison for breaking into a federal nuclear facility as the judge explains that no one is above the law.

Christians face increasing persecution, congressman says

February 11, 2014

(RNS) The global persecution of Christians has gone from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday (Feb.11).

Conference of Hispanic Christians endorses Common Core

February 5, 2014

(RNS) Common Core, a curriculum that has faced criticism from religious groups, has found an ally in the largest organization of Hispanic Christians in the United States.

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