In Coachella Valley migrant community, the COVID-19 death of a beloved priest helps spur vaccinations
THERMAL, Calif. (RNS) — The passing of the Rev. Francisco Valdovinos has ignited a consciousness around public health and COVID-19 prevention.
Meet Bushra Amiwala: The US’ youngest elected Muslim officeholder
(RNS) — Amiwala’s age and status as the youngest elected Muslim official and the only one wearing a hijab in the state of Illinois have brought her fame not normally associated with being elected to a school board.
With Beth Moore’s exit, more evangelical women are challenging strict gender norms
(RNS) — While no one expects a groundswell of women to follow Moore, some evangelical women are beginning to speak out about the limits of complementarian theology.
Charlie Kirk out at Liberty University’s Falkirk Center
(RNS) — Kirk already has plans to start a new group known as Turning Point Faith.
Fully vaccinated, Sister Jean gets her shot to return to March Madness
(Global Sisters Report) — Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt became the focus of a media frenzy when she accompanied Loyola University Chicago on their underdog run to the 2018 Final Four.
Insta-Famous: Nadirah Pierre’s satire draws on the Black Muslim experience
(RNS) — Relationships, marriage, body positivism, hijab — they’re all fair game for the Haitian American’s outspoken style and bold videos.
Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for Best Actor Oscar
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Ahmed’s nomination comes for his turn in ‘Sound of Metal’ as a drummer in a heavy-metal duo who grapples with increased hearing loss.
Tim Keller’s new book is not about cancer, but race, justice and resurrection
(RNS) — “I wanted the book to focus primarily on the resurrection and the hope that we have,” Keller told me.
Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims
CHICAGO (AP) — “Father Pfleger is our family,” said St. Sabina parishioner Pam Bosley. “We are not going to stop. We need him back.”
Report: Biden mulls appointing first-ever Muslim federal judge
(RNS) — Qureshi was previously nominated for a district court seat by then-President Barack Obama in 2016.
Luis Palau, globe-trotting evangelist, is dead at 86
(RNS) — Over the past half century, the Luis Palau Association, based in Beaverton, Oregon, estimates that it has reached 30 million people in 75 countries.
House chaplain criticizes lawmakers in prayer for ‘failing’ to unite around pandemic relief
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The House did, in fact, vote to approve the pandemic relief bill Wednesday afternoon. But division appeared to remain: The final vote tally fell almost entirely along partisan lines.
US army chaplain Emil Kapaun advancing toward sainthood
(The Conversation) — Can the Catholic Church canonize someone whose spiritual heroism came during the violence of war?
Pope’s wind-whipped mantle drives Vatican tailors to consider Velcro
(RNS) — On his history-making trip to Iraq, Pope Francis often played second fiddle to the gyrations of his cape.
Bible teacher Beth Moore, splitting with Lifeway, says, ‘I am no longer a Southern Baptist’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The famed Bible study teacher said she no longer feels at home in the denomination that once saved her life.