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Liberty University's Sparky the Eagle is seen before an NCAA football game on Nov. 14, 2020, at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Shaban Athuman)

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

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Muslim artifacts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, gift of Imam Derrick Amin

During Ramadan, Black history museum features prayer rugs, other Muslim artifacts

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — The collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture includes ‘The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an,’ signed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

A cloud of volcanic ash hovers over Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on April 10, 2021, a day after the La Soufriere volcano erupted. (AP Photo/Lucanus Ollivierre)

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.

Colton Underwood from the reality series “The Bachelor” appears during an interview in New York on March 13, 2019. Underwood, the former football tight end who found fame on “The Bachelor,” has revealed that he is gay. (AP Photo/Gary Gerard Hamilton, File)

‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood says he’s gay and calls faith ‘no longer conditional’

By Alejandra Molina — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — In an interview on ‘Good Morning America,’ Underwood said revealing his truth has made him ‘closer to God.’

Mercy Haub, 16, appears on

Meet Mercy Haub: The 16-year-old cancer survivor and preacher’s kid who inspired Ellen

By Bob Smietana — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — After a friend’s dad died of cancer, a Seattle teen made raising money to fight cancer one of her life’s goals. Then she faced her own illness.

Magic fascinated and troubled early Christians as much as it does some people today. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios

Is magic immoral? It played a role in the development of early Christianity

By Shaily Shashikant Patel — April 14, 2021

(The Conversation) — Early Christians worked to distinguish the miracles of Jesus from the magic of local sorcerers.

Mercy Haub, 16, takes a selfie during one of her cancer treatments. Photo via Instagram

Mercy Haub: I know what cancer means

By Mercy Haub — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Mercy Haub, a preacher’s daughter and cancer survivor, recently shared her story on national television.

DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011. The rapper died April 9, 2021, at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after having a heart attack the week before. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

DMX was my John the Forerunner

By T.C. Moore — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — DMX pointed me to Jesus not through a sermon or a Bible study, but through his bold faith that didn’t paper over his flaws.

Sikhs pray during Vaisakhi celebrations at Guru Nanak Darbar of Long Island, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Hicksville, N.Y. Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

By Margaret Stafford, Gary Fields — April 14, 2021

LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — U.S. Sikhs are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations, joining people of other faiths in observing holidays cautiously this spring due to COVID-19.

From Pamela Dorman Books at Viking, April 2021.

When she doesn’t want a baby

By Jana Riess — April 14, 2021

It’s often assumed that of course women want to be mothers—that this desire is natural, God-given and universal. It’s not, Donna Freitas asserts in the new novel “The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano.”

Pope Francis addressed an online symposium on sexual abuse. Photo by Vatican Media

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.

A sticker from a Planned Parenthood rally in New York City. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advisory board members, many from red states

By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — ‘As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,’ said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

In this March 19, 2021, file photo, migrants are seen in custody at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge, in Mission, Texas. U.S. authorities say they picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border in March. It's the largest monthly number ever recorded and a major test for President Joe Biden as he reverses many of his predecessor's hard-line immigration tactics. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border

By Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — As the number of arrivals increases, Catholic groups are often relying on an array of faith-based ecumenical partners to handle the influx of people hoping to cross the border.

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