Lawmakers unveil statue of Billy Graham in US Capitol

By Jack Jenkins — May 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Billy Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, praised the statue but said his father ‘would want the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’

Vatican to weigh in on the supernatural, Marian apparitions

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain and Claire Giangravé — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — This Friday, the Vatican will release a document with new norms for discerning Marian apparitions and other supernatural phenomena, the first time those norms have been updated since 1978.

United Methodists scrap their anti-gay bans. A woman who defied them seeks reinstatement as pastor

By David Crary, Peter Smith, and Holly Meyer — May 16, 2024
(AP) — Earlier this month, delegates at a United Methodist Church conference struck down the UMC’s longstanding anti-LGBTQ policies and created a path for clergy ousted because of them to seek reinstatement.

Why the speech by Kansas City Chiefs kicker was embraced at Benedictine College’s commencement

By Peter Smith and Heather Hollingsworth — May 16, 2024
(AP) — The fast-growing college is part of a constellation of conservative Catholic colleges that tout their adherence to church teachings and practice — part of a larger conservative movement in parts of the U.S. Catholic Church.

This, too, could pass: Christian group’s rule keeping beaches closed on Sunday mornings may end

By Wayne Parry — May 16, 2024
OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (AP) — The association, a nonprofit Christian entity that owns the beach and the land under all of Ocean Grove's houses, has long kept people off the beach before noon on Sundays.

PCA cancels anti-polarization panel with David French for being too polarizing

By Bob Smietana — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Leaders of the conservative denomination canceled the discussion of dealing with polarization after online backlash.

Bishop T.D. Jakes subject of AI-generated misinformation, says fact-finding website

By Adelle M. Banks — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — A false rumor of Jakes’ resignation was ‘latest chapter in a months-old series of videos — many at least partially created with the assistance of artificial-intelligence tools,’ reported Snopes.

Hagee: Antisemitism bill in Congress doesn’t violate Bible’s account of Jesus’ death

By John Hagee — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Members of Congress have claimed the legislation will stifle a false theology that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ 

The Rev. William Lawson, Texas civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr, dies at 95

By Associated Press — May 15, 2024
HOUSTON (AP) — Lawson’s longtime church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in that Texas city, announced on its website that he had died on Tuesday.

Chiefs kicker Butker congratulates women graduates and says most are more excited about motherhood

By Associated Press — May 15, 2024
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The three-time Super Bowl champion delivered the roughly 20-minute address Saturday at the Catholic private liberal arts school in Atchison, Kansas.

FBI asked to join investigation of death of pastor’s wife, Mica Miller

By Kathryn Post — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — Miller’s April 27 death has been the source of fierce controversy and widespread speculation.

Texas megachurch hits the brakes after trying to skew a traffic study

By Bob Smietana — May 14, 2024
(RNS)— Critics call the latest controversy at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, one more sign of dishonesty from its leaders.

Vatican conference on ‘climate resilience’ is the latest in a long line of environment initiatives by Pope Francis and the Catholic Church – 5 essential reads

By Molly Jackson — May 14, 2024
(The Conversation) — Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders committed to raising awareness of environmental issues draw on centuries of tradition.

Why do religious teens engage in less risky behavior? A psychologist explains

By James A. Shepperd — May 14, 2024
(The Conversation) — Research suggests that a clear understanding of what is right and wrong contributes to engaging in less risky behavior.

Abuse victim advocates pushing Missouri AG to investigate Christian boarding schools

By Jim Salter — May 14, 2024
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three Christian boarding schools in southern Missouri have shut down since 2020 amid wide-ranging abuse allegations levied by current and former students.
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