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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

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.

For Russian priest protesting Ukraine invasion, a mixture of defiance and concern

By Jack Jenkins — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — 'If I remain silent, I’m not a priest,' said the Rev. Ioann Burdin.

In Chicago, the pope’s allies gathered to discuss his vision — and his detractors

By Jack Jenkins — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — ‘People named names,’ said Michael Sean Winters, an organizer of the event.

At confirmation hearing, Lindsey Graham grills Ketanji Brown Jackson on faith

By Jack Jenkins — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — The exchange revealed that Jackson identifies as a nondenominational Protestant.

How Putin’s invasion became a holy war for Russia

By Jack Jenkins — March 19, 2022
(RNS) — Kirill's response to the war was the culmination of a decade-long effort to wrap Russia’s geopolitical ambitions in faith

Scholars, activists brief lawmakers on role of Christian nationalism at insurrection

By Jack Jenkins — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — The meeting, which included Rep. Jamie Raskin, was a rare instance of lawmakers openly discussing the prominence of religious expression during the attack.
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