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RNS Morning Report: Remembering Apollo 8; Good-bye purity rings; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ singer


“Earthrise” is a photograph of the Earth and parts of the moon’s surface taken from lunar orbit by astronaut Bill Anders in 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. Photo by Bill Anders/NASA/Creative Commons

Need to know: Friday, December 14, 2018

Bishops and astronauts gather in Washington to remember Apollo 8

'The exploration of space is part of the human quest for knowledge, and the human quest for knowledge is to know God’s creation,' said Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Nadia Bolz-Weber wants to kiss 1990s-era purity rings goodbye

In the wake of #MeToo, evangelicals and other Christians are rethinking 1990s-era purity culture.

The Christian singer and the voice behind ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Marc Martel, the Christian rocker turned Queen tribute artist, resurrects the late Freddie Mercury in this year's biopic.

Why we should stop using the term religious ‘nones’

Most of America's religiously unaffiliated millennials are not so much religious 'nones' as they are religious 'manys,' writes Tara Isabella Burton.

A sacred light in the darkness: Winter solstice illuminations at Spanish missions

California's colonial Spanish missions were sited to produce illuminations on solstices or equinoxes, demonstrating the power of our instincts to guide us through the darkness toward the light, writes Reuben G. Mendoza.

Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms

Pakistan condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move “unilateral and politically motivated.”



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