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‘Who Killed Joseph Smith?’ and other amateur-hour conspiracy theories

By Jana Riess — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — A new documentary recycles old conspiracies about the murder of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
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Life is not ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 6, 2022
(RNS) — Because I am not quite sure that ‘you can get anything you want.’

From the Capitol insurrection to the Taliban takeover: The defining religion stories of 2021

By RNS staff — December 31, 2021
(RNS) — Religion was no minor character in 2021's most significant news stories.

Vivaldi opera gets premiere in Ferrara nearly 300 years late

By Nicole Winfield — December 31, 2021
ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church and the northern Italian city of Ferrara made their peace with Vivaldi nearly 300 years after the city’s archbishop canceled the staging of one of his operas.

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.

Islamic-friendly comic book content finds a growing audience

By Joseph Hammond — December 29, 2021
(RNS) — 'I just knew there would be interests in dynamic storytelling outside of the superheroes, wizards and dragons out there,' said the founder of Fictional Frontiers, an initiative seeking to support Muslim writers and illustrators.

‘So, what are you reading these days?’

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 29, 2021
(RNS) — Let’s hope we are not in for another lockdown. But if we are, these books will keep you company.

Former London Fashion Week designer pivots to modest fashion market

By Joseph Hammond — December 22, 2021
(RNS) — After being wrongfully imprisoned for two years in the U.K., Elle B. Mambetov has taken her once famed luxury brand and focused it on modest fashion, aimed at Muslim women.

The hidden villain of ‘West Side Story’

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 20, 2021
(RNS) — 'West Side Story' has a back story — and it is not pretty.

Faith-based pic ‘American Underdog’ tells story of Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner

By Alejandra Molina — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — 'American Underdog,' a biopic of Warner's life directed by the Erwin brothers, opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

New documentary ‘Daughters of Eve’ imagines a Bible, and world, with women at the center

By Kathryn Post — December 15, 2021
(RNS) — The documentary invites Christians to reevaluate their beliefs about women's place in the Bible and the world.

A ‘Catholic’ diocese that values internet hierarchy over religious expertise

By Renée Roden — December 13, 2021
(RNS) — Venturing onto the Diocese of Discord server for the first time, a curious user is presented with a cornucopia of hash-tagged discussion channels full of Pepe the Frog gifs and Vatican flag emojis.

New Advent album by The Porter’s Gate is balm for a pandemic-weary world

By Kathryn Post — December 10, 2021
(RNS) — 'It also feels like a particularly good year for Advent. It feels like, this has been a whole Advent year, a whole Advent two years,' said The Porter’s Gate founder.
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