RNS Morning Report: Religions for Peace World Assembly; Sister Helen Prejean; VeggieTales Reboot

People participate in the Youth Pre-Assembly of Religions for Peace World Assembly on Aug. 19, 2019, in Lindau, Germany. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for Peace

Need to know: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Urgent Agenda

Young activists push interfaith gathering to act on climate change, justice

Young activists are among the 1,000 attendees, including representatives from religious groups, governments, multilateral organizations and nongovernmental groups, hailing from more than 100 countries, gathered for an international, interfaith event this week.  More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Journey

Sister Helen Prejean on new book, getting rid of death penalty and getting Jesus 'right'

Sister Helen Prejean talked to Religion News Service about how she became involved in social justice, why she thinks the death penalty is on its way out and how she got to 'bump into two popes along the way.' More from Religion News Service

Beloved Children's Program

VeggieTales to mount latest revival on Trinity Broadcasting Network

In a changing media landscape, VeggieTales has survived for 25 years on parents' familiarity and trust, experts say. A reboot of the iconic kids show debuts this fall on TBN. More from Religion News Service

Outcome of Appeal

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Three judges could acquit he 78-year-old former Vatican finance minister, order a retrial or they could reject his appeal. More from Religion News Service


How Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey's Gulenists fell from power to persecution

In both countries, homegrown Islamic movements have struggled to survive in authoritarian regimes that exert strong control over religious practice, writes Ahmet T. Kuru. More from Religion News Service

Complex Dynamics

Who benefits from conflicts over religious freedom?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was created by lawmakers to undo an extremely unpopular decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990. As its title states, the widely-supported RFRA was designed to “restore” the religious freedom that had existed before the Court’s controversial decision. More from Religion & Politics




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