American Jews adapt the Seder for Rosh Hashana in a DIY pivot

By Yonat Shimron — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — The Seder is the main ritual meal celebrated by Jews each year at Passover. But this year some American Jews are using a time-tested at-home ritual for the first night of the Jewish New Year.

Buffalo Catholic peace activist Martin Gugino back on his feet, determined to protest

By Yonat Shimron — September 11, 2020

(RNS) — After being knocked to the ground by two Buffalo police officers in June, Gugino is eager to press his case for the right of citizens to protest the government.

Mark Galli, former Christianity Today editor and Trump critic, to be confirmed a Catholic

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — Galli, who bucked prevailing evangelical sentiments when he penned an editorial in December denouncing the president, says his faith decision has nothing to do with politics.

After pushback, US Navy agrees to retain contracts with civilian Catholic priests at California naval bases

By Alejandra Molina — September 9, 2020

(RNS) — This announcement came days after a Sept. 5 report by The San Diego Union-Tribune that Catholic Masses at San Diego Navy bases had ended because the Navy, as part of a cost cutting move, declined to renew contracts with Catholic priests.

600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE

By Alejandra Molina — September 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity said Gov. Gavin Newsom can stop the transfers of detainees from state prisons to immigration detention facilities by issuing an executive order.

John MacArthur claimed there is ‘no pandemic.’ He was politicizing science, experts say

By Yonat Shimron — September 1, 2020

(RNS) — The church appears to be wading into a highly politicized campaign to minimize or outright deny the existence of the coronavirus.

From Katrina to COVID, American crises expose racial injustice again and again

By Jamie Aten — August 29, 2020

(RNS) — 15 years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina put a spotlight on racial injustice in society within the United States. Yet, all the disparities exposed then remain just as true today during COVID-19.

His RNC prayer was neutral, but Franklin Graham says the choice for president is not

By Yonat Shimron — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — Graham said the choice in November is clear: Democrats will steer the country toward the socialism of Venezuela or Cuba.

As Hurricane Laura hits, faith-based disaster relief groups ready to lend a hand  

By Bob Smietana — August 27, 2020

(RNS) — Working closely with FEMA, faith-based groups are among the first responders when disasters strike.

Trump or Biden? What’s a Catholic voter to do?

By Thomas Reese — August 27, 2020

(RNS) — In order to be totally in line with Catholic social teachings, you would have to be a pro-life liberal Democrat. These unicorns have a hard time winning elections.

Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns from Liberty University. Again.

By Yonat Shimron, Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr., the embattled president of Liberty University and one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, formally resigned from the evangelical Christian university founded by his father Monday evening after revoking a previous resignation earlier in the day.

America hasn’t always been kind to Catholic presidential candidates

By A. James Rudin — August 21, 2020

(RNS) — Joe Biden is counting on his Catholicism to be a boon to his campaign — but that hasn’t always been the case for Catholic presidential hopefuls.

Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a prayer service. Then Joe Biden showed up.

By Yonat Shimron — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — In a video to air at the Democratic National Convention, Beals recounts the time Biden showed up unannounced at a shiva prayer service for an elderly woman who lived in a subsidized senior citizen high-rise.

In Iowa, hard-hit churches and faith-based organizations rally to help out in wake of derecho storm

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — In Iowa, churches are working together and partnering with faith-based organizations from across the country to offer aid after the unusual windstorm, called a derecho, that traveled from South Dakota to Ohio on Aug. 10.

2,500 evangelicals sign pandemic statement warning: Don’t ignore science

By Yonat Shimron — August 19, 2020

(RNS) — The statement, drafted by BioLogos, sends a pointed message: ‘ … when Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tells us what scientists have learned about this infectious disease, he should be listened to.’

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