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Professor Stephen Hawking smiles during a news conference at the University of Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany, on July 21, 1999. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Need to know: Friday, March 23, 2018

Atheist's funeral

Stephen Hawking to be interred at Westminster Abbey

“We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe,” the dean of the landmark British church, the Very Rev. Dr. John Hall, said in a statement. (Subscription may be required.) More from The New York Times

octagenarian

Dalai Lama cuts foreign travel due to age, exhaustion

It remains to be seen how the Dalai Lama's decreased schedule will affect his religious and cultural sway, though foreign leaders do make the pilgrimage to his residence in the Indian city of Dharamsala to visit the 82-year-old. More from CNN

diplomacy 101

Mike Pompeo’s evangelical zeal could complicate his new diplomatic life

Even among broadly conservative watchers of American foreign policy, there is worry that the new secretary of state's apparent sectarian sentiment might be a problem. More from The Economist

it persists

Johnson Amendment remains intact in latest omnibus spending bill

The failure to gut the law was celebrated by faith leaders and nonprofit groups who say it protects them from political coercion. More from Religion News Service

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The ’Splainer: Why do Jews eat gefilte fish at the Passover seder?

The much-maligned Passover appetizer has come to epitomize the gastronomic experience of the shtetl, or ancestral towns of many Jews of Eastern European origin. More from Religion News Service

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe has been a national reporter for RNS since 2011. Previously she covered government and politics as a daily reporter at the Charlotte Observer and The State (Columbia, S.C.)

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