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Kent Hovind, controversial creationist preacher known as ‘Dr. Dino,’ arrested in domestic assault case

By Bob Smietana — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — Hovind, who claims that dinosaurs and humans once lived together, was released from prison in 2015 after serving time for tax fraud. He told his YouTube followers he is being falsely accused.

Samrath Singh, first turbaned Sikh to play NCAA baseball, is more than the challenges he has overcome

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I’m confident in who I am and I love myself, and the people around me, my own beliefs, and my religion, have helped me accept myself and be proud of who I am,’ said New Jersey native and Boston College senior Samrath Singh.

Police allege Hillsong founder concealed child sex abuse

By Rod Mcguirk — August 5, 2021
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Houston, 67, suggested the charges related to allegations that his preacher father, Frank Houston, had abused a boy over several years in the 1970s.

New survey shows most Catholics have no idea who Cardinal McCarrick is. That’s a problem.

By Kerry Weber — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — That the highest-profile case of abuse in recent memory is unfamiliar to over half of the Catholics surveyed reveals a major communication problem within the church, particularly around the abuse crisis.

Voddie Baucham’s publisher defends Fault Lines against plagiarism claims

By Bob Smietana — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — The author of a popular anti-CRT book has been accused of misquoting sources and plagiarism. His publisher says the accusations are not ‘well-founded.’

The untidiness of Marie Kondo’s eclectic spirituality

By Kaitlyn Ugoretz — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — Kondo describes aspects of her spiritual brand as inspired by Shinto, but the ideal KonMari lifestyle is presented as one in which we adopt and adapt whatever practices 'feel right.'

For US teen Buddhist lama, it’s faith, school, football

By Luis Andres Henao — August 2, 2021
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Jalue Dorje, 14, has spent much of his life training to become a monk, memorizing sacred scriptures, practicing calligraphy and learning the teachings of Buddha.

A modern heroine fights antisemitism

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 1, 2021
(RNS) — If I had posters of heroes and heroines on my wall, Deborah Lipstadt would be there.

Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’

By Whitney Bauck — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — The host of ‘On Being’ makes a case for embracing new forms of digitally mediated spiritual practice.

André Mendonça, President Bolsonaro’s ‘terribly evangelical’ Supreme Court justice

By Eduardo Campos Lima — July 22, 2021
SÃO PAULO (RNS) — Mendonça’s nomination has been seen by many as a political maneuver by Bolsonaro to strengthen his ties with evangelicals, a significant and loyal voting bloc for him.

New book examines Sting’s enduring Catholic imagination

By Yonat Shimron — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — Before bursting onto the international rock scene as the principal songwriter and lead singer for the Police, Sting grew up Catholic. The faith’s images, symbols, stories and hymns appear everywhere in his music, writes Evyatar Marienberg in a new book.

The Pillar investigation of Monsignor Burrill is unethical, homophobic innuendo

By Steven P. Millies — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — The hook on which this story hangs is a long-discredited link between sexual abuse and homosexuality.

Brad Raffensperger in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talks with Maina Mwaura about the difficulties of being caught in the middle during the fraught 2021 presidential election ballot counting.

General secretary to US bishops resigns amid misconduct allegations

By Claire Giangravé — July 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,’ read the statement, signed by the president of the bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Congolese cleric and statesman, dies at 81

By Fredrick Nzwili — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The former archbishop of Kinshasa is remembered as both a church leader and a statesman who fought fearlessly for human rights, and helped guide the nation through a turbulent political transition.
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