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A crowd cheers while Rene Alex Garcia Maldonado, center, exits Christ Church United Church of Christ in Maplewood, Missouri, as he leaves sanctuary, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Video screengrab via KMOV

Two more leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease

By Yonat Shimron — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — The two are the latest beneficiaries of new Biden administration guidelines that restrain ICE from arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety.

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Trump supporters participate in a rally Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. The president addressed the rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The impeachment vote was a vote for white supremacy

By Andre Henry — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — The refusal to confront the white supremacy at the Capitol is a refusal to reconcile America’s lofty democratic rhetoric with the state of its floundering institutions.

Sen. Joe Manchin, left, and the Rev. William Barber. (Left, AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. Right, RNS Photo/Jack Jenkins)

Poor People’s Campaign meets with Joe Manchin, vows to protest for $15 minimum wage

By Jack Jenkins — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We are trying to get (Manchin) to live up to what he was told when he was a kid: If you have all these blessings, then you can share your blessings,’ said Jean Evansmore, a West Virginia resident.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier on Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

As US refocuses anti-extremism programs on far right, many Muslims still oppose them

By Joseph Hammond — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — After the Capitol attack, the Biden White House called for countering violent extremism programs to shift to a focus on white supremacists. But Muslim groups say the programs are still a waste of resources.

Edith Espinal, left, speaks with the press after leaving sanctuary Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Video screengrab

As Biden floats immigration plan, Edith Espinal leaves 3-year stint in sanctuary

By Yonat Shimron — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — The 43-year-old Mexican native was allowed to go home on the same day President Joe Biden unveiled his immigration overhaul to Congress.

This Nov. 5, 2018, file photo shows radio personality Rush Limbaugh introducing President Donald Trump at the start of a campaign rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Rush Limbaugh, who shaped conservative Christian politics on the radio, has died

By Bob Smietana — February 17, 2021

(RNS) — The provocative radio host thanked God for the blessings in his life during his last days.

Democratic House impeachment managers, from left, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., walk out of the Senate Chamber in the Capitol at the end of the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Washington. The Senate acquitted Donald Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, bringing his trial to a close and giving the former president a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When religion was present — and notably absent — at the impeachment trial

By Jack Jenkins — February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — At one point, Rep. Madeleine Dean led her fellow Democratic House managers in a prayer: ‘May God grant success to the work of our hands.’

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, police officers stand guard next to the Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris, following an attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. Scrubbing France clean of radicals and their breeding grounds is a priority cause of President Emmanuel Macron in a nation bloodied by terror attacks, including the beheading of a teacher outside his school in a Paris suburb followed by a deadly attack inside the basilica in Nice. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France fights hold of Islamist radicals with dragnets, laws

By Elaine Ganley — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — The proposed legislation is intended to re-anchor secularism in a France where Muslims are increasingly visible and Islam is gaining a stronger voice.

Melissa Rogers speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Jan. 23, 2020. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Biden signs executive order reestablishing White House faith office

By Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks — February 14, 2021

(RNS) — The order reappoints Melissa Rogers, who headed the office under President Barack Obama.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Amy Coney Barrett joins liberal justices to stay execution, grant inmate’s pastor access

By Jack Jenkins — February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The result hinted at Barrett’s broader approach to religious liberty.

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Getting serious (and precise) about Christian nationalism

By Robert K. Vischer — February 12, 2021

(RNS) — We’ve seen what Christian nationalism is. What it’s not is perhaps more important.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., center, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, second from right, march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, March 21, 1965. Courtesy of Susannah Heschel

How Heschel and King bonded over the Hebrew prophets

By A. James Rudin — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — Black History Month is a fitting moment to recall a brief, remarkable friendship that permanently transformed America.

“Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” painting by Winston Churchill. Painted in January 1943. Image via Christie’s

Rare Winston Churchill paintings of historic mosque, cathedral up for auction

By Joseph Hammond — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — Paintings by the former British prime minister of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech will be put on sale at Christie’s.

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