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France returns marble angels stolen from Italy church in ’89

By Associated Press — October 19, 2021
Italy’s art police said Tuesday that the angels, decorated with strategically placed vine of leaves and fruit, had been stolen from the St. Sebastian church in Guardia Sanframondi, northeast of Naples, on Dec. 13, 1989.
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Christian writer Danté Stewart seeks revelation in Black experience

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — 'Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle' weaves together the stories of Black lives and Black literature with the stories of the Bible.

What Ted Lasso could teach clergy

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — A popular series contains hidden wisdom for those of us who work for God.

Some call twerking obscene. Lizzo, in TED Talk, calls it ‘sacred’

By Kathryn Post — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — 'Twerking is a deep, soulful, spiritual practice,' said the singer and rapper.

Families of different faiths swap houses, lives in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — In the unscripted TV series, 16 families from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds or sexual orientations trade homes for a week.

‘Hey, isn’t that — ?’ Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn goes incognito in worship band

By John Longhurst — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — 'They needed a guitar player, so they were foolish enough to ask me,' said the man with 35 folk-rock albums to his name.

Thomas Jefferson’s Quran to visit Dubai Expo 2020

By Joseph Hammond — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — The historic English-language Quran has never traveled outside the United States.

The relaxing and tingly world of Christian ASMR

By Jessica Mundie — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — In the expansive world of ASMR, one small group of Christian creators have dedicated themselves to bringing their viewers closer to God through relaxation and brain tingles.

YouTube star Gurdeep Pandher draws on Sikh faith as he dances for joy

By Kathryn Post — October 7, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The work I’ve been doing to make these videos, it’s not just entertainment. It’s more like a social service,’ said Pandher.

American Girl releases doll outfits for Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah celebrations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Happy Christmahanukwanzadan!

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: The controversial musical phenomenon turns 50

By Kathryn Post — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — Once banned from BBC Radio for being sacrilegious, the hit musical has now become a brand in and of itself.

Will the Black church continue to sing ‘I Believe I Can Fly’? 

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — September 30, 2021
(RNS) — From its beginnings, gospel music has had a strained relationship with commercial interests and secular artists.

Beauty is the extravagance that makes us human

By Karen Swallow Prior — September 28, 2021
(RNS) — Humans' ability to appreciate beauty reflects our nature as beings made in the image of God.
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