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Paul O'Donnell

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

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How the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation got included in Congress’ $900 billion relief bill

December 24, 2020

(RNS) — The bill’s concern with reincarnation is aimed at reining in China’s meddling in Tibet’s religious affairs.

Ranin Karim, woman in Carl Lentz’s alleged affair, seeks ‘closure’ in GMA interview

November 20, 2020

(RNS) — ‘When you give somebody so much power, they become God to people,’ Ranin Karim told GMA. ‘People look at Carl like he’s God.’

Raphael Warnock, heir to MLK’s pulpit, heads for runoff for Georgia Senate seat

November 3, 2020

(RNS) — The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, once co-pastored by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., now faces incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

In Disney’s ‘Clouds,’ Justin Baldoni makes a teen cancer movie about joy

October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Justin Baldoni, best known for his role on the CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’, has modeled his career of late around Western culture’s allergy to talking about death.

RNS Updated Budget—Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-REFUGEE-CHANGES: Refugee processing system disappears data on religion as fewer persecuted Christians admitted to U.S. (RNS) — The State Department no longer is making publicly available a number of statistics about refugees admitted into the United States, including their religious affiliations. By Emily McFarlan Miller and Jack Jenkins. 650 words. (categories: a, i) […]

RNS Opening Budget—Friday, October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Church-Ladies: Sex, women and the Black church: Novelist reveals true-to-life secrets (RNS) — Hours after learning her book, “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,” is a National Book Awards finalist, author Deesha Philyaw spoke to Religion News Service about growing up in the church, writing about affairs and what she thinks her late […]

The top three faith moments in the Harris-Pence vice presidential debate

October 8, 2020

(RNS) — The two vice presidential candidates rehearsed lines about issues of faith Americans may be hearing for the remainder of the campaign season. 

RNS Morning Report: COVID Hajj Restrictions; Promise Keepers; ‘God is Grey’ Cease and Desist

August 3, 2020

Muslim pilgrims walk towards the rocky hill known as Mount Arafat, background, as they practice social distancing to protect against coronavirus during the annual hajj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, July 30, 2020. This year’s hajj was dramatically scaled down from 2.5 million pilgrims to as few as 1,000 due […]

RNS Updated Budget—Tuesday, June 9, 2020

June 9, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Gugino-Catholic: Martin Gugino is a Catholic peace activist, not an ‘Antifa provocateur,’ friends say (RNS) — Friends of the retired computer scientist described Martin Gugino as a devout Catholic and a graduate of Canisius High School, a private Jesuit school in Buffalo, who is a passionate advocate for multiple causes on behalf of the […]

Prominent pastor and author Tim Keller has pancreatic cancer

June 7, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I feel great and have no symptoms,’ Keller, 69, wrote on Facebook and other social media posts. ‘It was what doctors call an incidental pickup.’

How not to get overwhelmed by the pandemic

March 30, 2020

(RNS) — Thinking can become distorted in a crisis, causing us to fall into panic, denial or grief. A psychologist who studies resilience talks about how to keep perspective.

Washington National Cathedral donates 5,000 medical masks resurrected from crypts

March 25, 2020

(RNS) — The 5,000 N95 respiratory masks had been forgotten until the cathedral’s chief stonemason, Joseph Alonso, stumbled on them in an unfinished area of the crypt level early this month.

RNS Updated Budget—Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Chaplaincy-Coronavirus: In pandemic, health care chaplains address an “existential and spiritual crisis” (RNS) — Chaplains in hospitals and retirement homes are finding the nature of their ministry due to the coronavirus outbreak, when patients and medical staff alike are dealing with stress and isolation. By Alejandra Molina. 930 words. (category: a) NEWS STORY […]

RNS Opening Budget—Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-CHAPLAINCY-CORONAVIRUS: In pandemic, health care chaplains address an “existential and spiritual crisis” (RNS) — Chaplains in hospitals and retirement homes are finding the nature of their ministry due to the coronavirus outbreak, when patients and medical staff alike are dealing with stress and isolation. By Alejandra Molina. 930 words. (category: a) COMMENTARY RNS-D’Souza-Oped: […]

RNS Opening Budget—Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Methodist-Postponed: United Methodist Church postpones General Conference amid coronavirus (RNS) — The United Methodist Church has postponed its 2020 General Conference, scheduled for early May in Minneapolis, where more than 800 delegates were expected to take up legislation to split the denomination. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 860 words. (categories: a, i) NEWS STORY […]

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