RNS Morning Report: 'Amazing Grace'; Bookstore Survival; Sudanese Religious Freedom

Aretha Franklin sings while recording her “Amazing Grace” album at a Los Angeles Baptist church in 1972. Photo courtesy of NEON

Need to know: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Divine Delivery

Aretha Franklin sings sweet sounds, recalls roots in ‘Amazing Grace’ documentary

The long-awaited documentary was delayed for almost five decades in part because of technical issues. More from Religion News Service

Brick and Mortar

Bookmobile, groceries and relationships help niche bookstore stay afloat

As major Christian bookstore chains fold, niche faith-based bookstores look for creative ways to survive and thrive. More from Religion News Service

Massive Demonstrations

As Sudanese protesters demand democracy, Catholic bishop pushes for freedom of worship

While cheered by the role Christians have played in liberating the largely Muslim country from its dictator, Bishop Yunan Tombe Trille Kuku wants to see the laws that impede religious freedom change as well. More from Religion News Service

Federal Lawsuit Dismissed

Civil rights advocates drop lawsuit against Oklahoma's 'Muslim-free' gun range

The gun shop owners say 'terrorists,' and not Muslims, were the true object of their ban. More from Religion News Service


MoveOn co-founder: Seeing the divinity in everyone might give our politics a new start

When we cut each other off, we deepen our division and we make our world smaller and our opportunities to learn fewer, writes Joan Blades. More from Religion News Service

History and Heritage

A new museum explores 2,000 years of Jewish life in Italy

The new Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara explores the long and complex relationship between Christianity and Judaism. More from The New York Times