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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.

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Christian leaders press lawmakers to extend child tax credit for poor families

By Jack Jenkins — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — The campaign supports a measure that had ‘remarkable success’ in lifting families out of poverty at the height of the pandemic.

Banned from Communion in San Francisco, Pelosi receives Eucharist in Washington

By Jack Jenkins — May 23, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — During a homily before Communion, the priest at the church railed against 'election deniers and Vatican II deniers.'

Citing abortion rights, San Francisco Archbishop bars Pelosi from Communion

By Jack Jenkins — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — 'She is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,' Cordileone wrote.

With Roe in peril, abortion rights advocates prepare appeals to religious liberty

By Jack Jenkins — May 17, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘The Torah is clear on this issue: Abortion is not only permitted in Judaism, but in some cases required when the life of the pregnant person is at stake,’ said Sheila Katz, head of the National Council of Jewish Women.

After church protests, experts warn extremists may exploit abortion demonstrations

By Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘For white nationalists specifically, opposition to abortion is a centerpiece in their worldview,’ said Jared Holt, an extremism expert.

EU reportedly mulling sanctions on Patriarch Kirill

By Jack Jenkins — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — On Tuesday, Patriarch Kirill denied that Russia’s actions in Ukraine amounted to an invasion, insisting ‘Russia has never attacked anyone.’

With Roe teetering, religious activists on both sides flock to the Supreme Court

By Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I call on all people who support abortion rights because of their faith — not in spite of it — to be as loud as you can be,’ said Jamie Manson, head of Catholics for Choice.

Will the World Council of Churches expel Kirill? We talk with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

By Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The Orthodox community is very, very important in the World Council of Churches,’ Swenson said.

Marjorie Taylor Greene feuds with conservative Catholics over ‘Satan’ remarks

By Jack Jenkins — April 28, 2022
(RNS) — ‘She needs to apologize to Catholics immediately,’ said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. ‘She is a disgrace.’

Jewish, Muslim groups voice concerns over Musk Twitter takeover

By Jack Jenkins — April 28, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Musk’s takeover threatens to make Twitter an even more dangerous place for Muslims and other marginalized people — and that includes the very real possibility of allowing Trump back on the platform,’ said Sumayyah Waheed of Muslim Advocates.

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow on reclaiming faith from those using it as ‘a weapon to hate people’

By Jack Jenkins — April 23, 2022
(RNS) — 'That's been the overwhelming response: that faith isn't hateful,' she said.

Raskin says he’s worked with cult ‘deprogrammers’ to better talk to some GOP members

By Jack Jenkins — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — Raskin described some Republican House colleagues as acting like “members of a religious cult."

World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire

By Jack Jenkins — April 19, 2022
(RNS) — The letter to the Russian patriarch comes amid calls to expel him and the Russian Orthodox Church from the WCC.

Interfaith leaders gather in Ukraine to appeal for peace

By Jack Jenkins — April 12, 2022
(RNS) — Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said faith leaders should name human rights abuses, call for a cease-fire and offer solidarity to those ‘at the receiving end of the violence.’

World Council of Churches faces calls to expel Russian Orthodox Church

By Jack Jenkins — April 11, 2022
(RNS) — WCC head the Rev. Ioan Sauca has pushed back on the idea, but a growing chorus of Christian leaders is suggesting the group cut ties with the ROC.
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