Faiths

For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions
By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020
For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).
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Poll chaplains plan to bring a ‘prayerful presence’ to precincts this Election Day
By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — The New Georgia Project is one of several groups training clergy to be precinct chaplains this Election Day at polling places across the country.
With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask
By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.
Two years after Pittsburgh shooting, solemn anniversary marked online
By Yonat Shimron — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — Public commemorations of the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, which killed 11 Pittsburgh Jews, will be livestreamed.
Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?
By Paul O'Donnell — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.
‘Peeing pastor’ hunt comes to an end
By Bob Smietana — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — The wife of a North Carolina pastor accused of disorderly conduct during a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit says he had a bad reaction to sleeping medication.
Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ worship protest on the National Mall included more politics than usual
By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Christian musician Sean Feucht's 'finale' concert for his worship protest tour was in D.C. Sunday and the event quickly shifted to a celebration for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
North Carolina Pentecostal church ordered to close after coronavirus outbreak
By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — An abatement order was issued for the United House of Prayer for All People after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths.
Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts
By Aysha Khan — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — Voter mobilization efforts in US Muslim communities have long been characterized and led by Sunni institutions and figures. That's starting to change.
Barrett’s faith views go beyond even many pro-life Americans’ beliefs
By Paul O'Donnell — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — Barrett’s Catholicism strictly follows the Magisterium’s teachings that are at odds with most Americans' pragmatic philosophical leanings.
My child with Down syndrome is not a political statement — and neither is Amy Coney Barrett’s
By Roxanne Stone — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — We stay mired in our polarized political corners if we view women’s choices primarily as political statements when they in fact reflect ethical decisions made in the context of social forces.
White Christian America built a faith-based safety net. What happens when it’s gone?
By Bob Smietana — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — Faith groups are quick to lend a hand when disaster strikes. But with organized religion fading, who will pick up the slack?
With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals
By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020
(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.