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The top three faith moments in the Harris-Pence vice presidential debate

By Paul O'Donnell, Jack Jenkins — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — The two vice presidential candidates rehearsed lines about issues of faith Americans may be hearing for the remainder of the campaign season. 

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Breath, the divine metaphor, becomes a hallmark of America’s twin crises

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — July 8, 2020

(RNS) — The normally simple, normally unconscious act of drawing breath has come to define the United States’ most pressing problems. What the world’s faith traditions have to say about the meaning of our first act as humans.

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.

A deserted city: Dispatches from Rome in the time of coronavirus

By Claire Giangravé — March 12, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Overnight, the state has made itself visible in full force while the Catholic Church is nowhere to be found.

Democrats lost white Christians. Can they win them back?

By Jack Jenkins — February 19, 2020

“Race matters more than religion right now,” said Ryan Burge, political science professor at Eastern Illinois University.

The idea that God — or someone — is always watching comes to life with technology

By Menachem Wecker — October 3, 2019

(RNS) — Modern technology has brought the idea that a higher power is always watching — and has a recording device handy — to life.

Roe v. Wade may be in peril, but future of anti-abortion movement is unclear

By Jack Jenkins — January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (RNS) — This year’s March for Life is being cast as a victory party, but it’s less than clear how long it may take to dismantle Roe v. Wade or what would happen afterward.

Brazilian president’s win leaves him in debt to evangelical bloc

By Eduardo Campos Lima — December 17, 2018

SAO PAOLO, Brazil (RNS) — Posing as a political savior for the Christian right, Jair Bolsonaro now has to live up to high expectations.

A Vatican opening on sexuality worries conservatives — and cheers reformers

By Paul O'Donnell — October 30, 2018

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Bishops acknowledged they need to update their understanding of the science of sex and gender, and that means updating the church’s theology on sexuality.

Vatican synod calls for women leaders ‘at all levels,’ avoids using LGBT or gay

By Paul O'Donnell — October 27, 2018

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The language on the clergy abuse crisis was watered down, but the monthlong synod was a victory for Pope Francis in his efforts to reform the Catholic Church.

Vatican bishops at synod struggle with what to call gay people 

By Bob Smietana — October 23, 2018

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Younger Catholics want the church to be more inclusive. But as Catholic leaders wrap up a monthlong synod, they disagree on how to do that — or even how to refer to gay people in official synod documents.

Vatican summit enters the home stretch. But where’s the finish line?

By Bob Smietana — October 22, 2018

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After a monthlong debate about how to engage young people, this Catholic synod may be hard put to forge consensus.

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