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Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.
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Survey: Faith groups showcase media divide

By Jack Jenkins — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — White evangelicals were also the group most likely to say the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.

PBS’ Billy Graham documentary captures preacher’s pull and ambition

By Ken Garfield — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — PBS’ ‘American Experience’ explores the life and legacy of the legendary preacher in a new documentary.

Satanic panic is back, thanks to ‘Satan Shoes’ and Lil Nas X

By Heather Greene — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — Satanic scares are nothing new to contemporary culture.

As COVID-19 rages in Brazil, sisters in the Amazon fight hunger and isolation

By Global Sisters Report — March 8, 2021
Distributing food and aiding those afflicted by unemployment, hunger and despair, the religious women working in Brazil's Amazonas state have been a driving force in coping with the pandemic.

RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021

By RNS staff — January 1, 2021
(RNS) — How will America’s religious landscape recover from 2020 and who will lead faith issues in new directions in the new year?

5 ‘in real life’ religion and pop culture clashes from 2020

By Roxanne Stone, Emily McFarlan Miller — December 30, 2020
(RNS) — Kanye ran for president. Rihanna faced backlash from Muslims. A French-language film caused many conservative religious people to #CancelNetflix.

Our best religion stories from a terrible year

By RNS staff — December 28, 2020
(RNS) — The RNS stories that captured moments of resilience and perseverance, and even a few moments of celebration, in this dark time.

‘The Mandalorian’ is an indictment of holy wars, and a celebration of pluralism

By Jack Jenkins — December 4, 2020
(RNS) — Religion is a constant in the galaxy far, far away....

How Trump’s strong play for Hispanic evangelicals helped him stun Biden in Florida

By Jack Jenkins — November 4, 2020
(RNS) — ‘I think the Biden campaign is going to say, ‘We blew it: we took for granted the Latino vote and the evangelical vote,’’ said the Rev. Tony Suarez, vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

How Amy Coney Barrett could change the Supreme Court’s balance on religious liberty

By Jack Jenkins — October 22, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Micah Schwartzman, a professor at University of Virginia School of Law, said Barrett could end up furthering an understanding of the First Amendment he finds ‘quite disturbing.’

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. 

Being a good guy with a gun is what God wants, say ‘sheepdog’ evangelicals

By Jack Jenkins — September 15, 2020
(RNS) — John Correia, a pastor turned security consultant, says that being a good guy with a gun can be a godly way to prevent violence and protect the innocent.
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