Peter Smith

Peter Smith is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Peter Smith

At 50, ‘Immaculate Reception’ still lifts a region’s spirits

By Peter Smith and Jessie Wardarski — December 19, 2022
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Immaculate Reception crystallized the rise of the Steelers — even as their namesake industry was on the decline, as was the Pittsburgh of compact immigrant neighborhoods with multiple ethnic Catholic parishes.

Yeshiva University basketball team ends unforgettable era

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — March 10, 2022
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — In the locker room after the game, some players — and even their usually stoic coach — choked back tears.

Faith groups increasingly join fight against climate change

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — November 2, 2021
POINTE-AUX-CHENES, Louisiana (AP) — On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors’ south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will disappear. He points to the partly submerged stumps of oak trees killed by salt water on […]

COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — July 16, 2021
(AP) — The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll among Roman Catholic priests and nuns around the world, killing hundreds of them.
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