Leslie Miller is an author at Religion News Service.
Singing, cooking and shooting — nuns made news in 2015
(RNS) From reality TV to Twitter, here’s a recap of some of the year’s top headlines about women religious — and a nod to nostalgia.
Catholic artist draws on Pope Francis’ tweets, quotes
(RNS) As an artist, Michael O’Neill McGrath appreciates that Pope Francis “is calling us to our contemplative side, and reverence for nature.”
The quotable Pope Francis: He has a way with words
With his simple, thoughtful and often pithy comments, Pope Francis is showing himself to be among the most quotable popes. Here’s a sampling.
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(RNS) Were there coloring books and crayons in your Christmas stocking? They’re a hit with many adults. ICYMI: Here’s RNS’ look at what some consider a spiritual practice.
NYT reporter: ‘Days when I feel despair’ at news, religion’s role
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Writing about religion isn’t all hope and inspiration, say winners of the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual journalism awards.
5 faith facts about Jim Webb: He’s mum about faith
(RNS) VoteSmart.org lists his religion as “Protestant.” But the only reference to church that turns up on a web search is his home in the Northern Virginia suburb of Falls Church.
Churches may be in decline, but Gregorian chant beats secular competition
(RNS) A new Gregorian chant CD, “Benedicta,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical music chart last week (June 10). Why does chant have such a secular appeal?