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Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

All Stories by Jack Jenkins

Orthodox Church’s top patriarch hospitalized in Washington

By Jack Jenkins — October 24, 2021
(RNS) — The cause was not immediately clear, although officials said his hospitalization was "out an abundance of caution."

Lawmakers join faith leaders to voice support for ‘Build Back Better’ package

By Jack Jenkins — October 20, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended provisions such as the child tax credit, saying lawmakers should ‘make sure that all children have the opportunity that they deserve — they’re all blessings containing their spark of divinity.’

Voting rights demonstration leads to faith leaders’ arrests outside White House

By Jack Jenkins — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Among the detained were the Rev. Jamal Bryant, Rabbi David Saperstein and actress Alyssa Milano.

Inside the fraught effort to create a Christian nationalist internet

By Jack Jenkins — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Booted from mainstream social media websites, outraged Christian nationalists are creating some of their own.

Jill Biden celebrates ‘prayer partner’ who reinvigorated her faith

By Jack Jenkins — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — 'When she spoke, it was as if God was saying to me: ‘Okay Jill, you’ve had enough time. It’s time to come home,’' Biden said of prayer partner Robin Jackson.

It’s official: Rumored October meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is confirmed

By Jack Jenkins — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — It won’t be the first time the two have met, but it will be the first since Biden became president.

Archbishop of the military defends those who refuse vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — More than 90% of active-duty Navy personnel and more than 81% of Army and Air Force personnel have already gotten the shots.

Survey: ‘Great replacement’ belief correlates with Christian nationalist views

By Jack Jenkins — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — The 'great replacement' theory is popular among white nationalists.

Biden to nominate Joseph Donnelly as Vatican ambassador

By Jack Jenkins — October 8, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Donnelly, a Catholic lawyer and anti-abortion Democrat, served as one of Indiana’s U.S. senators from 2013 to 2019 and as a House member from 2007 to 2013.

Survey: Despite partisan divides, pope retains high marks among US Catholics

By Jack Jenkins — October 7, 2021
(RNS) — Catholic Republicans are far more likely than Democrats of the faith to say the pope is ‘too liberal.'

Vatican poverty conference features activist William Barber, message from pope

By Jack Jenkins — October 4, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Barber is co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, a faith-led anti-poverty initiative.

Advocating for Haitians, faith groups pressure Biden to end Trump-era measure

By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2021
(RNS) — The faith leaders are targeting a Trump-era measure known as Title 42 that has allowed for mass deportation.

After months of protests, Poor People’s Campaign requests meeting with Biden

By Jack Jenkins — September 23, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The group’s co-chair, the Rev. William Barber II, preached at Biden’s inaugural prayer service but has challenged the president on the Senate filibuster.

Christian leaders meet with White House to advocate for social programs, voting rights

By Jack Jenkins — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Those who have benefited the most should contribute to the common good of society and invest in the most vulnerable,’ the faith leaders said in a letter.

Ahead of right-wing rally, Washington DC churches ask for extra police protection

By Jack Jenkins — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Black Lives Matter signs belonging to churches in the area were torn down and set on fire by Proud Boys in December 2020.
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