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Paul O'Donnell

Paul O'Donnell is an author at Religion News Service.

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RNS Opening Budget—Monday, January 10, 2022

By Paul O'Donnell — January 10, 2022
NEWS STORY RNS-Pope-Diplomats: Pope Francis hopes ‘reality therapy’ of COVID-19 overcomes ideological opposition to vaccines (RNS) – VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In his annual address to the Vatican’s diplomatic corps on Monday (Jan. 10), Pope Francis again voiced his support for global vaccination efforts, saying that getting the vaccine is a personal responsibility that translates […]

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

What is the Nation of Islam and why is Marjorie Taylor Greene praising it?

By Paul O'Donnell — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Anti-vaccine conspiracies and rampant populism represent definite parallels between the Georgia congresswoman's agenda and the Nation's.

Photos of the Week: Hindu Durga festivals, followers of Maria Lionza

By Paul O'Donnell — October 16, 2021
(RNS) – Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes Hindu Durga festivals, followers of Maria Lionza in Venezuela and more.   A man lies still as devotees light oil lamps over his body as part of rituals to celebrate the tenth […]

Photos of the Week: Hindu Durga festivals, Maria Lionza followers and more

By Paul O'Donnell — October 16, 2021
(RNS) – Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes Hindu Durga festivals, followers of Maria Lionza in Venezuela and more.   A man lies still as devotees light oil lamps over his body as part of rituals to celebrate the tenth […]

Pope Francis meets with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican

By Paul O'Donnell — October 9, 2021
(RNS) — The meeting came as American Catholic bishops consider how to press the church’s teaching against abortion in the face of an avowedly pro-choice Democratic administration.

‘We still have work to do’: How to understand the new Juneteenth holiday

By Paul O'Donnell — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — Theon Hill, an expert on rhetoric, race and social change in American culture, discusses Juneteenth and how holidays in general reflect our realities as well as our aspirations as a nation.

A guide to what’s at stake at the Southern Baptist Convention’s historic annual meeting

By Paul O'Donnell — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — A one-stop update on what will be decided in Nashville, and how the Southern Baptists arrived at their crossroads on race, gender and sexual abuse.

Leaked Russell Moore letter blasts SBC conservatives, sheds light on his resignation

By Paul O'Donnell and Bob Smietana — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — In a letter written more than a year before his resignation, Moore explained his troubles with the SBC leadership in bitterly frank terms. Then-President Donald Trump barely makes an appearance.

Lutherans elect Megan Rohrer first transgender bishop

By Paul O'Donnell — May 9, 2021
(RNS) — The San Francisco pastor is the first transgender person to be elected bishop in the denomination or in any of the US' major Christian faiths.

Man or robot? Justin Baldoni takes on masculinity in a new book

By Paul O'Donnell — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'You can be masculine,' said the film director and 'Jane the Virgin' actor, 'but not at the expense of your humanity.'

Somber, deeply Anglican funeral honors Prince Philip for his service and devotion

By Paul O'Donnell — April 17, 2021
(RNS) — Hewing closely to the traditional Anglican funeral liturgy, the service's hymns and readings reflected Philip's service in the Royal Navy and his environmental work, with only a nod to his Greek Orthodox beginnings.

Anglican convert and Pacific Island deity: 5 faith facts about Prince Philip

By Paul O'Donnell — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — Married for 73 years to the head of the Church of England, the prince consort built a religious profile that was more complicated than his official role might suggest.

Adapting a faith-led effort to fight opioids to encourage vaccinations

By Paul O'Donnell — April 8, 2021
(RNS) — Using a model to educate clergy about substance use disorders is being adapted to defeat uncertainty about the vaccine.

Brian Houston apologizes for Hillsong NYC’s ‘failings,’ promises whistleblower policy

By Paul O'Donnell — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — ‘On behalf of the Global Board and as Global Senior Pastor, I accept responsibility for these failings and apologize unreservedly,’ Houston wrote in an email addressed to ‘Dear Church.’
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