RNS Morning Report: The Fall of Falwell; Papal Support for Trans Community; March on Washington

In this Nov. 16, 2016, photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Need to know: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The fall of Falwell: A timeline of the ups, downs and scandals of his Liberty University presidency

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation is but the resolution of years of smaller scandals. Here's a look back at the controversies chronicling the rise and fall of his career as president of Liberty University.

Pope Francis encourages nun helping trans community in Argentina

The home, called The Coast of Limay, has been described as the first permanent residence in the world dedicated to vulnerable transsexual people.

March on Washington events to focus on racial justice, police brutality, voting

The 1963 event about economic empowerment and civic engagement is being echoed amid a new political climate.

Evangelical ‘Never Trumpers’ appear at alternative RNC

The four-day Convention on Founding Principles features former Christianity Today editor Mark Galli as well as a new group called Christians Against Trumpism and Political Extremism.

Orthodox Jewish students embrace gap year in Israel, despite COVID-19

COVID-19 can’t keep 17,000 international students from taking a gap year in Israel.

Writing the inspirational Sikh story my children — and everyone — need to see

If kids can learn to see the humanity of those who look different from them, they can learn to see the humanity in everyone they encounter — including their own, writes Simran Jeet Singh.

 

 

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Liberty University board accepts Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation

(RNS) — The board of Liberty University has accepted the resignation of its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., after a roller coaster day in which Falwell resigned, then withdrew his resignation, then resigned again late Monday night.

More than 300 faith leaders call on Trump, Republican delegates to change immigration policies

(RNS) — The letter is one of several initiatives launched by liberal religious groups in recent weeks, with political faith groups launching initiatives and even teaming up with secular groups to criticize the Trump administration ahead of the November election.

Republican National Convention to include several conservative Christian speakers

The head of an anti-abortion ministry, the co-founder of Liberty University's Falkirk Center, and Franklin Graham are among the conservative Christian leaders scheduled to speak this week at the Republican National Convention.

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On the ground in Cedar Rapids, love and disaster meet

Apart from the damage itself, what brought me to tears several times were the many instances of Iowans working together. There was a remarkable spirit of resilience, writes Jana Riess.

President Trump kept his promises. That's why, as a Catholic, I want four more years

(RNS) — As a Catholic who embraces the Church’s teaching on the innate value of every human life, the primacy of faith, the dignity of work, the importance of public order and the need for mercy to temper justice, I am very comfortable supporting the reelection of our president.

America hasn’t always been kind to Catholic presidential candidates

Joe Biden is counting on his Catholicism to be a boon to his campaign — but that hasn’t always been the case for Catholic presidential hopefuls, writes A. James Rudin.