Ron Ribiat

Ron Ribiat is an author at Religion News Service.

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RNS Closing Budget — Friday, February 19, 2021

By Ron Ribiat — February 19, 2021
NEWS BRIEF RNS-SanFrancisco-Priest: San Francisco priest, dies after testing positive for COVID-19 (RNS) — A priest at a San Francisco church, that has been been temporarily closed in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, died after he and two other priests had contracted the virus. The Rev. Bob Stein, who served at Saints Peter & […]

Dr. Tara Isabella Burton joins Religion News Service as columnist

By Ron Ribiat — December 4, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Religion News Service (RNS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Tara Isabella Burton will become a columnist beginning this month.  Burton will focus, among other things, on Millennials and spirituality, as well as the rise of the “Nones:” the 24 percent of Americans who do not identify with a religious tradition, but […]

Christian humanitarian agency Cross International names new CEO

By Ron Ribiat — November 16, 2018
Former World Concern executive Kelly Miller assumes leadership role POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Cross International, the Christian relief and development organization serving the poor in nearly 40 nations, has named Kelly Miller as its CEO. Miller, 58, has more than 30 years of experience in leadership, marketing and communications among faith-based organizations, including more than […]

Catholic Extension calls for support from donors around the country as the humanitarian needs of migrants escalate at the U.S.-Mexico border

By Ron Ribiat — November 16, 2018
New wave of legally paroled migrants are being released daily to church-run shelters in El Paso Catholic Extension, a national organization that financially supports Catholic ministries among the poor and marginalized, announced today that it is releasing an initial $25,000 in emergency funding to the Annunciation House in the Diocese of El Paso to provide relief […]

Statement about “Exodus” migration by Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

By Ron Ribiat — November 16, 2018
Delivered at the 152nd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island Today marks the recognition and celebration of 150 years of faithful and courageous mission and ministry of our Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. We serve with wholehearted inclusiveness a very demographically diverse population. And we are known as a diocese concerned and committed […]

Religion News Service joins amicus brief in support of CNN, Acosta against President Trump and White House

By Ron Ribiat — November 15, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Religion News Service intends to join the amicus brief in support of CNN and its journalist Jim Acosta against President Donald Trump and his key White House staff members. The First Amendment’s freedom of the press is sacrosanct under the U.S. Constitution and necessary for a healthy democracy. The arbitrary revocation of […]

Legal fight over ‘scouts’ sparks surge of interest in faith-based, boys-only outdoor adventure group

By Ron Ribiat — November 14, 2018
Trail Life USA grows as parents seek positive alternative to PC co-ed programs BELTON, S.C.— A legal fight between America’s two long-time scouting organizations has prompted a surge of interest in a boys-only, Christian-based outdoor adventure program. Visits to Trail Life USA’s website and inquiries about starting new troops with the organization surged in the […]

‘On the train that day, God had His hand on us.’ – Anthony Sadler

By Ron Ribiat — January 24, 2018
From director Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 to Paris is an amazing, true story of heroism, in which three young Americans overcome a terrorist who planned to kill hundreds of people on a train. What transpired that day in August 2015 defied all odds. It’s a story of faith, of courage in the face of danger, and of ordinary people doing extraordinary acts of heroism.

What does it look like to really follow Jesus?

By Ron Ribiat — January 23, 2018
Discipleship in Jesus’ time meant getting as close to the Rabbi as one could, close enough that the dust from the Rabbi’s sandals would fall on his disciple. That’s how close Jesus wants us to be, writes Dr. Edward Sri in his new book, INTO HIS LIKENESS: BE TRANSFORMED AS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST.

Theologian, New York Times columnist, to debate Pope Francis legacy (SOLD OUT)

By Ron Ribiat — January 8, 2018
Two prominent Catholics, Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology at Villanova University, and Ross Douthat, a New York Times op-ed columnist, will debate the legacy of Pope Francis and his controversial pontificate on Wednesday evening, January 31, 2018.

Jack Jenkins to join Religion News Service as national reporter

By Ron Ribiat — December 11, 2017
Religion News Service is pleased to announce the hire of top-notch religion reporter Jack Jenkins. Jenkins will join the staff in the role of National Reporter effective Jan. 2, 2018. He will cover the Catholic beat and the major religion stories of the day.

Pope Francis rebukes climate change deniers, calls for health care to be untied to finances

By Ron Ribiat — November 16, 2017
Pope Francis today issued a message to a meeting on implementing the Paris accord, calling on the negotiators not to fall for the “perverse attitudes” of those who deny the science behind global warming. He also urged lawmakers at a different meeting of medical associations to untie health care from finances, arguing that the poor are worse off trying to obtain quality health care because they cannot afford it.

New York Cardinal endorses new web resource for pastoral care of same-sex attracted persons

By Ron Ribiat — November 15, 2017
A new website aimed at offering an array of resources for persons involved in the pastoral care of men and women who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) has been launched by Courage & EnCourage International, the Catholic Church’s officially recognized ministry in the field.

Conference to explore the future of faith and storytelling

By Ron Ribiat — November 8, 2017
What does the future of faith look like? How will stories be told about it? And by whom? A host of partners working at the intersection of journalism, religion, communication and culture will present the one-day event "Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities" on Jan. 26 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

Archbishop of Canterbury calls for UN climate talks in Bonn to recognize ‘urgent priority’ of climate change

By Ron Ribiat — November 8, 2017
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Welby, is encouraging world leaders meeting for the latest round of United Nations climate talks to recognize the "urgent priority" of climate change.
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