Lauren Markoe has been a national reporter for RNS since 2011. Previously she covered government and politics as a daily reporter at the Charlotte Observer and The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Kenyan Islamic leaders speak out against female genital mutilation
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Muslim scholars emphasized that FGM is a cultural — not a religious — practice, and one that goes against Islamic teaching.
Crash of small plane kills Jewish seminary’s president
(AP) — The seminary Rabbi Aaron Panken led is the leading institution for the training of rabbis in the Reform movement, the largest stream of Judaism in the U.S.
Another Catholic priest killed in Central African Republic
(RNS) — The Rev. Albert Toungoumale–Baba is the second Catholic priest to be killed in about a month in the CAR.
Ugandan faith leaders grapple with accepting Israel’s African refugees
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – Some Ugandan faith leaders say their nation must accept African refugees facing deportation from Israel, while others counter that resettlement would place too heavy a burden on already overtaxed refugee resettlement efforts.
You can push for public displays of the Bible. Better yet, read it.
(RNS) — Our rampant biblical illiteracy helps explain why those most passionate about pushing the Bible in settings of dubious appropriateness (like a Navy hospital in Japan) often press their case in deeply unbiblical ways. (Commentary)
Cremation plan for late Kenyan politician stirs debate on faith and culture
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Many in this mostly Christian nation view the practice as contrary to their faith and African culture.
New Bible seeks to connect modern and ancient Israel
JERUSALEM (RNS) — A new Hebrew-English Bible with a distinctly Israeli flavor will be published in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary.
On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
(RNS) — Living in America, I escaped the Nazis in those horrendous years. But I am forever haunted by the knowledge that had I been born in Transylvania instead of Pennsylvania, I would likely have been one of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.
After priest is killed in Congo, clerics say they won’t be intimidated
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The killing of a parish priest in the Goma Diocese was the second murder of a Catholic priest by militias in the last three years.
At Auschwitz, thousands join the March of the Living to honor the dead
OSWIECIM, Poland (RNS) — This year a record 12,000 youths and adults from nearly 50 countries — one third of them non-Jews — took part in the march.
At Auschwitz, remembering the Holocaust after the passage of a contentious Polish law
KRAKOW, Poland (RNS) — Swirling around Thursday’s annual march are questions about Poles’ willingness to grapple with some of their forebears’ participation in the Holocaust.
No integrity for Trump’s evangelical disciples. Sad!
(RNS) — Conservative Christians blame Hollywood and liberals and everyone but themselves. But they are the ones who brought vulgarity, adultery and a porn star into my family’s home.
Diocese IDs priests, bishop, laypeople in abuse probe
(AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, on Friday (April 6) made public the names of 34 priests or other members of the clergy who faced credible allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct over the years.