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‘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.
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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.

Al Mohler, Southern Baptist leader, says he was ‘stupid’ to defend slavery in 1998 CNN interview

By Jonathan Merritt — May 15, 2020
(RNS) — The Rev. Al Mohler, longtime Southern Baptist leader, repudiated past comments defending slavery, calling them ‘stupid,’ says he is ashamed of seminary title with a link to slaveholder.
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