RNS Morning Report: Pope Francis in Madagascar; Hope Haven Community; Cookie Wedding Tradition

Pope Francis, background center, is cheered by a crowd of faithful as he arrives with the popemobile to celebrate Mass in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Sept. 8, 2019. Francis was in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Need to know: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Emphasis on Environment

Pope encourages vast crowds in Madagascar in fight against poverty, climate threat

The pope's optimistic message of peace and faith has been balanced by the reality of the challenges Africa faces. More from Religion News Service

Hope Haven

In New Mexico town, single parents get free rent, benefits — if they go to church

For up to four years while single parents go to college or develop careers, the ministry associated with Churches of Christ offers free rent, utilities and internet. More from Religion News Service

Culture and Cookies

For immigrant families, a sweet wedding tradition preserves a taste of home

Instead of elaborately decorated cakes, many cultures' nuptials feature wedding-only cookies, symbolizing the sweetness the newlyweds will experience after they exchange vows. More from Religion News Service


We are too old not to get arrested for children at the border

As parents and grandparents, as teachers and rabbis and as Jews, we understand that these children and their families will be traumatized for generations to come, write Phyllis Berman and Arthur Waskow. More from Religion News Service

Shifting Spirituality

What draws atheists, Jews and Catholics to a Presbyterian church

Observant Presbyterians are always part of gatherings at Rutgers Presbyterian Church. But much of the time, so are Roman Catholics and Jews, as well as a smattering of people who consider themselves vaguely spiritual. More from The New York Times

Religion on Campaign Trails

Trump says Democrats are 'not big believers in religion' during North Carolina rally

During a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, President Trump claimed that Democrats are not religious and are trying to take away religion. More from CNN




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