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Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — A look at megachurches over the past five years finds that most have grown larger and more diverse and become less likely to call themselves evangelical.

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After Nice attacks, Pope Francis and French Catholics call for peace with Muslims

By Claire Giangravé — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Catholic community in France must not give in to sterile anger,’ said one French lay church leader, ‘but must also have the courage to name and denounce evil.’

3 dead in attack at French church; country on high alert

By Lori Hinnant — October 29, 2020

PARIS (AP) — It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists.

Jerry Falwell Jr. announces lawsuit against Liberty University over his ouster

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — Falwell alleges that an individual supported by foes of President Donald Trump made false claims against him.

Kamala Harris talks about her own faith and how it might influence a Biden-Harris White House

By Maina Mwaura — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — In an email Q&A, the vice presidential nominee shows how she thinks about the government’s role in protecting people of faith and ensuring religious freedom.

Hillsong Church says new Atlanta location will be led by its first African American pastor

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Pastors Sam and Toni Collier are launching Hillsong Atlanta, the global megachurch’s first location in the Southeastern United States.

Taco trucks and voter guides boost political profiles of faith communities at the margins

By Alejandra Molina — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Civic engagement, said one activist, humanizes minority faith groups in the eyes of the rest of the electorate.

Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

Poll chaplains plan to bring a ‘prayerful presence’ to precincts this Election Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The New Georgia Project is one of several groups training clergy to be precinct chaplains this Election Day at polling places across the country.

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask

By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.

Two years after Pittsburgh shooting, solemn anniversary marked online

By Yonat Shimron — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — Public commemorations of the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, which killed 11 Pittsburgh Jews, will be livestreamed.

1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

By Elana Schor — October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to “a free and fair election” and urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results” regardless of who wins in November.

‘Peeing pastor’ hunt comes to an end

By Bob Smietana — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The wife of a North Carolina pastor accused of disorderly conduct during a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit says he had a bad reaction to sleeping medication.

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