David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

All Stories by David Gibson

Politics, culture or theology? Why evangelicals back Trump on global warming

June 9, 2017

(RNS) They may be taking the Bible literally, which could explain their climate change skepticism. Some experts say it’s more complicated than that.

Doing good and doing well: Faith-based investing converts the skeptics

May 31, 2017

NEW YORK (RNS) Private investment firms see new opportunities as socially responsible investing becomes popular, and profitable. So what’s left for religious advocates to do?

President Trump meets Pope Francis: From trading barbs to seeking common ground

May 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Church officials say the pontiff wants to focus on the future and not on past tensions conveyed in tweets and sound bites.

From ‘Mean Streets’ to Marian miracles: Harvey Keitel to star in Fatima movie

May 19, 2017

(RNS) The announcement follows a papal trip to the Portuguese shrine and continues a big month for the story of the Marian apparitions that occurred 100 years ago.

New Jersey cardinal blasts GOP for ignoring immigration reform

May 17, 2017

NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Joseph Tobin, one of the U.S. hierarchy’s most visible champions for the marginalized, blasted Republicans for ‘inflicting cruelty on innocent people.’

The ’Splainer: Who is Our Lady of Fatima and what is the ‘Third Secret’?

May 10, 2017

(RNS) Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the famous Marian shrine in Portugal, and one of millions who travel there each year. What is the attraction?

The Maccabeats sing to promote ‘halachic prenups’ for Orthodox Jewish couples

May 5, 2017

NEW YORK (RNS) The endearing group of a cappella Orthodox Jewish singers is out with a 30-second spot that takes aim at the phenomenon of “agunot,” or “chained women” whose husbands will not grant them a divorce.

Trump’s religious liberty order slammed as ‘pretty much nothing’

May 4, 2017

(RNS) ‘Ivanka and Jared won. We lost,’ as one Christian conservative said.

Top Vatican and US church officials back new gay-friendly book

April 7, 2017

(RNS) Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the Catholic Church’s approach to a hot-button topic.

Religious voices raised over Syria bombing by US

April 7, 2017

(RNS) A roundup of responses from a variety of religious leaders, whose reactions also range widely.

Chicago Cardinal Cupich unveils church-led anti-violence initiative

April 4, 2017

CHICAGO (RNS) Plans to aid the violence-plagued city will be underscored by a Good Friday procession using the traditional stations of Jesus’ way to the cross to commemorate those who have been murdered.

Survey: Evangelical leaders really don’t want to endorse politicians

March 30, 2017

(RNS) Donald Trump vowed to change the law so clergy could promote candidates from the pulpit. Nine in 10 don’t seem to want to.

Vatican says Trump risks losing climate change leadership to China

March 30, 2017

ROME (Reuters) Pope Francis has made defense of the environment a key plank of his papacy, strongly backing scientific opinion that global warming is caused mostly by human activity.

Is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee an abortion foe’s dream – or nightmare?

March 29, 2017

(RNS) Neil Gorsuch was expected to fulfill the president’s promise to name a justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade. But after Gorsuch’s Senate testimony, some abortion foes are worried.

Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller

March 22, 2017

(RNS) The seminary had faced mounting criticism over Keller’s conservative views on women and LGBTQ people. So he will not receive an award but will still deliver a major lecture.

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