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Luz Gallegos, left, executive director of TODEC Legal Center, holds a vaccine information workshop for agricultural workers, Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Thermal, California. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

In Coachella Valley migrant community, the COVID-19 death of a beloved priest helps spur vaccinations

By Alejandra Molina — March 19, 2021

THERMAL, Calif. (RNS) — The passing of the Rev. Francisco Valdovinos has ignited a consciousness around public health and COVID-19 prevention.

Bushra Amiwala is the youngest elected Muslim official in the United States. Courtesy photo

Meet Bushra Amiwala: The US’ youngest elected Muslim officeholder

By Joseph Hammond — March 19, 2021

(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.

Courtney and Brent Moore and their three children. Brent is senior pastor of Life Church in El Paso, Texas. Courtney runs a new nonprofit Women and Work. Photo courtesy of Courtney Moore

With Beth Moore’s exit, more evangelical women are challenging strict gender norms

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2021

(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 speaks with attendees at the 2018 Young Women’s Leadership Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Hyatt Regency DFW Hotel in Dallas on June 15, 2018. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

Charlie Kirk out at Liberty University’s Falkirk Center

By Jack Jenkins — March 17, 2021

(RNS) — Kirk already has plans to start a new group known as Turning Point Faith.

Loyola-Chicago basketball chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, center, poses with fans for a photo before the first half of a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Fully vaccinated, Sister Jean gets her shot to return to March Madness

By Brian Roewe — March 17, 2021

(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.

Posts on Nadirah Pierre’s Instagram feed. Screengrab

Insta-Famous: Nadirah Pierre’s satire draws on the Black Muslim experience

By Joseph Hammond — March 16, 2021

(RNS) — Relationships, marriage, body positivism, hijab — they’re all fair game for the Haitian American’s outspoken style and bold videos.

Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal.” Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for Best Actor Oscar

By Joseph Hammond — March 15, 2021

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.

“Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter” and author Timothy Keller. Courtesy images

Tim Keller’s new book is not about cancer, but race, justice and resurrection

By Maina Mwaura — March 15, 2021

(RNS) — “I wanted the book to focus primarily on the resurrection and the hope that we have,” Keller told me.

Activist Pam Bosley poses for a portrait infront of a portraiture of Father Michael Pfleger, inside the St. Sabina Catholic Church on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Chicago. After the murder of her teenage son in 2006, Father Plfeger inspired her to become an activist, recruited her to run the South Side church's violence prevention office. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims

By Sophia Tareen — March 15, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — “Father Pfleger is our family,” said St. Sabina parishioner Pam Bosley. “We are not going to stop. We need him back.”

Abid Riaz Qureshi. Photo courtesy Latham & Watkins L.L.P.

Report: Biden mulls appointing first-ever Muslim federal judge

By Joseph Hammond — March 12, 2021

(RNS) — Qureshi was previously nominated for a district court seat by then-President Barack Obama in 2016.

Luis Palau at the Twin Cities Festival in August 2004. Photo by Steve Smith, courtesy of the Luis Palau Association

Luis Palau, globe-trotting evangelist, is dead at 86

By Mark I. Pinsky — March 11, 2021

(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.

Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben preaches at Washington National Cathedral on Nov. 10, 2019. Video screengrab via

House chaplain criticizes lawmakers in prayer for ‘failing’ to unite around pandemic relief

By Jack Jenkins — March 10, 2021

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.

Father Kapaun was known for rescuing wounded soldiers on the battlefield. He also made it a point to write to the families of every single soldier who died in combat. Photo courtesy of the Father Kapaun Guild

US army chaplain Emil Kapaun advancing toward sainthood

By Joanne M. Pierce — March 10, 2021

(The Conversation) — Can the Catholic Church canonize someone whose spiritual heroism came during the violence of war?

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis’ mantle as he stands by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi upon the pope’s arrival at Baghdad’s international airport on March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope’s wind-whipped mantle drives Vatican tailors to consider Velcro

By Claire Giangravé — March 10, 2021

(RNS) — On his history-making trip to Iraq, Pope Francis often played second fiddle to the gyrations of his cape.

Author and speaker Beth Moore speaks during a panel on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 10, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Bible teacher Beth Moore, splitting with Lifeway, says, ‘I am no longer a Southern Baptist’

By Bob Smietana — March 9, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The famed Bible study teacher said she no longer feels at home in the denomination that once saved her life.

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