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In 2020, ‘nonexistent’ Catholic vote will be crucial — again

By Thomas Reese — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — It’s not who Catholics are or what they believe, but where they are and their enthusiasm for voting.

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For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions

By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020

For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).

‘Borat’ is dead serious

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — Forget, for a moment, about the banality of evil. There is also a banality of goodness, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie finds it, despite itself.

Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?

By Charles C. Camosy — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.

With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020

(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.

Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions

By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Pope Francis’ comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.

Jewish voters edge further away from Trump

By Mark Silk — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Republican politicians — Trump above all — have failed to grasp that Israel policy has never had much impact on the voting behavior of American Jews.

Retired BYU professor denounces Donald Trump in viral video

By Jana Riess — October 21, 2020

Fox’s video outlines five reasons why he thinks Trump is a threat to America’s democratic principles. He does not mince words.

The hidden Jewishness of the Chicago 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ on Netflix hints at the internal Jewish drama that played out in the trial of Abbie Hoffman and his accomplice, Jerry Rubin.

Dear Pope Francis, six reasons you should wear a mask

By Thomas Reese — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, almost all the photos of Pope Francis have shown him without a mask. Here are six reasons he should change his ways.

Suicide, complicated grief and the hidden darkness of the heart

By Jana Riess — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Do we ever truly know people?

How to make our politics better: Pray first, says a Jesuit guide

By Thomas Reese — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The kind of prayer recommended by a new pamphlet on civic engagement is the kind that helps us listen, detached from our own preconceptions and prejudices.

COVID Judaism is now competitive religion

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The danger of online worship is that the individual worshipper abandons his or her own community and becomes a browser via the browser for spiritual audiovisual experiences.

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