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Taylor Swift’s ‘TTPD’: Religious imagery for a spiritually syncretic era

By Kathryn Post and Madeline Macrae — April 23, 2024
(RNS) — ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ speaks of good Samaritans and Jehovah’s Witnesses, altar sacrifices and prophecies. 
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Vatican summit tackles women’s ordination with a nod from Pope Francis

By Claire Giangravé — October 23, 2023
(RNS) — The synod on synodality gets the ball rolling on the question of female clergy, but the final decision will be up to Pope Francis.

Whimsical cathedrals and spiritual portals: The architecture of Paul Goesch

By Emma Ryan — May 3, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (RNS) — Goesch, a German expressionist architect and spiritualist, is having his first dedicated exhibition outside of Europe.

Deconstruction or reconstruction? Pastors discuss a reboot of evangelicalism.

By Bob Smietana — October 25, 2022
(RNS) — In a Chicago suburb, a group of pastors gathered to discuss evangelicalism's failings and how to repair them.

‘All war is anachronistic’: Pope Francis struggles to gain traction for peaceful vision

By Claire Giangravé — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis' refusal to condemn Putin by name disguises his 'severe moral judgment' of the war, experts say.

How to help Ukrainians today: Organizations providing aid

By Andrea Klick — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — RNS has compiled a list of verified organizations — many of them religious or religiously affiliated — working to support Ukrainians right now. 

To vanquish lived trauma, Netflix’s ‘Procession’ puts victims in the director’s chair

By Jillian Cheney — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — The new documentary spotlights the practice of drama therapy, which uses role-playing to work through past trauma. 

Britney Spears: An icon for purity culture’s wounded women

By Renée Roden — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — The trajectory of Spears' career and public persona can be understood, some scholars of evangelicalism argue, through the rise and decline of the evangelical purity movement. 

Brad Raffensperger in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura and Jonathan Woodward — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talks with Maina Mwaura about the difficulties of being caught in the middle during the fraught 2021 presidential election ballot counting.

Michael W. Smith in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura and Jonathan Woodward — June 20, 2021
(RNS) — Michael W. Smith joins us in conversation with Maina Mwaura to reflect on fatherhood and faith.

MPAC Hollywood Awards to feature ‘The Mauritanian’

By Joseph Hammond — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Mauritanian' is based on the true story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who spent 14 years in the prison facility before his release.

The insurrectionists’ Senate floor prayer highlights a curious Trumpian ecumenism

By Jack Jenkins — February 25, 2021
Exploring the unusual spiritual ties unifying the Capitol insurrectionists.

5 faith moments from Rep. John Lewis’ funeral

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2020
(RNS) — The civil rights leader’s life was marked by his deep Christian witness, and so it was fitting that his funeral also was marked by powerful moments of faith.
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