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LDS medical students revolutionize studying in the name of their faith

By Kathryn Post — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We want to help others ... because we feel that that’s what our savior would do if he was in our position,’ said one of the founders.

Jeannie Gaffigan hosts panel urging Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines

By Renée Roden and Alejandra Molina — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Gaffigan collaborated with Loyola Marymount University to host a panel on Tuesday (Aug. 31) directed specifically at Catholic audiences and featuring several Catholic medical experts.

Antisemitic and anti-Muslim content is flourishing on TikTok, report finds

By Alejandra Molina — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based nonprofit that tracks extremism online, released a report Aug. 24 that found TikTok 'operates as a new arena for violence-endorsing, hateful ideologies.'

For atheists, the idea of aliens seems real. Religious people doubt it.

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) —  A new study finds that atheists think there just might be aliens out there. Evangelicals are not so sure.

The climate apocalypse is real, and it is coming

By Thomas Reese — August 10, 2021
(RNS) — Concern for the environment can no longer be an optional or secondary aspect of Christianity. It must be central to who we are as Christians.

Some praise, some doubts as Facebook rolls out a prayer tool

By Holly Meyer and David Crary — August 9, 2021
(AP) —  Facebook already asks for your thoughts. Now it wants your prayers.

Charismatic TikTok divided over praying in tongues

By Renée Roden — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I think words are not the greatest at describing the sensation. It’s being filled, it’s being baptized. It’s a little mysterious,' said one TikToker.

The Pegasus Project surfaces a new era of oppression for people of faith. Here’s what should be done.

By David Curry — August 3, 2021
(Open Doors) — Of the 10 governments that reportedly purchased the tool, all have known histories of human rights violations and have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to suppress dissent.

CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'Faith communities are really good at doing this, walking with people through adversity until they get out the other side,' she said.

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.

RNS News Quiz: Ben & Jerry’s and Wally Funk

By Emily Churchill — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

Missouri church leaders implore congregants: Get vaccinated

By Jim Salter — July 22, 2021
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — ‘Vaccine hesitancy in our pews puts our congregations and communities at greater risk.’

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.

Wally Funk’s church celebrates her Blue Origin spaceflight: ‘What an inspiration she’s been to us all’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — About 300 members of White’s Chapel turned out Tuesday morning (July 20) at the church to view a livestream of the launch making the pioneering pilot the oldest person in space.

Three of the most mistranslated words in Scripture — according to TikTokers

By Renée Roden — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Explaining the nitty-gritty details of ancient Greek and Hebrew may not seem like viral content, but on TikTok, it’s algorithm fire.
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