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Maria Puente

Maria Puente is an author at Religion News Service.

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Georgia governor vetoes religious liberty bill denounced as anti-gay

March 28, 2016

“I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia,” the Georgia governor said.

Singer Katy Perry wants to buy L.A. convent, in fight with nuns, archbishop

July 30, 2015

The nuns Googled Perry’s videos — and they weren’t pleased. They want to sell to a local restaurateur.

TLC dumps Duggars’ ’19 Kids’ show for good

July 16, 2015

It was a long time coming but it wasn’t a surprise.

Duggars open up to Fox-TV’s Megyn Kelly on family sex scandal

June 3, 2015

For the first time, the couple acknowledged that four of the victims were their daughters, including younger sisters Jill and Jessa, who also spoke to Kelly, and one was a family friend.

Duggars reeling from Josh’s sex-abuse scandal

May 21, 2015

Josh Duggar apologized Thursday (May 21) and abruptly resigned his job at the Family Research Council in Washington, one of the leading conservative groups fighting abortion and gay marriage among other causes.

Kim Kardashian airbrushed out of ultra-Orthodox website

April 16, 2015

Nissim Ben Haim, an editor at the Kikar HaShabbat website, said they removed Kim because she is a “pornographic symbol” who contradicts ultra-Orthodox values

HBO’s pending Scientology doc likely to anger Tom Cruise

November 26, 2014

(RNS) The film is reportedly based on the book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright.

The uncensored Grimm fairy tales are even more grim than you thought

November 14, 2014

(RNS) The Grimm fairy tales you’re familiar with include added Christian elements and nothing that would offend a middle-class religious sensibility. Now you can read the gruesome originals.

Norman Rockwell masterpiece sells for $46 million

December 5, 2013

(RNS) The artist’s iconic painting “Saying Grace” fetched a record amount at Wednesday’s auction in New York.

Archbishop of Canterbury baptizes Britain’s future king, Prince George

October 23, 2013

(RNS) Baptism is an important religious ritual for British royals: Since the monarch is the head of the Church of England, eventually Prince George will take on that role, so it’s critical that he be raised as an Anglican.

Drew Barrymore considers converting to Judaism

January 30, 2013

(RNS) “I haven’t converted yet,” says new mom Drew Barrymore, but she sounds as if she will.

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