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Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested protesting filibuster and Manchin
By Jack Jenkins — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Manchin, don’t you let sin block the salvation of this democracy and its soul,’ Barber said.
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In a new documentary, Will Willimon puts his preaching toolbox to the test
By Yonat Shimron — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — In ‘A Will to Preach,’ one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to a Baylor University survey, shows how a master craftsman approaches the task.
‘Super-hero’ in Spider-Man outfit meets pope at Vatican
By Paul O'Donnell — June 23, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Matteo Villardita, who dons the comic-book and movie super-hero outfit to cheer up hospitalized children, said he asked Pope Francis to pray for the children and their families.
Ben Zobrist, World Series hero for the Cubs, sues former pastor for alleged affair with his wife
By Bob Smietana — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — The former major leaguer, who co-authored a book on faith and family with his wife, says his former pastor betrayed his trust and cost him millions.
Michael W. Smith in conversation with Maina Mwaura
By Jonathan Woodward — June 20, 2021
(RNS) — Michael W. Smith joins us in conversation with Maina Mwaura to reflect on fatherhood and faith.
James Forbes’ ode to Juneteenth calls on Americans to embrace the promise of freedom
By Yonat Shimron — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — The retired pastor's spoken word is not simply a paean to freedom. It’s a call to all Americans to face the reality of the nation’s history and the unfinished work of Juneteenth.
Michael W. Smith: ‘Six principles I learned from my dad’s life’
By Paul O'Donnell — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — There’s an old saying that goes, 'More is caught than taught.' I had a front-row seat to see how to live a life of integrity and honor by watching my dad’s life.
Catholic sculptor wishes to restore Catholic credibility amid modern evils
By Claire Giangravé — June 17, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — From Dante’s Inferno to human trafficking, a Catholic sculptor reminds the faithful that evil is real.
Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis
By Catherine Pepinster — June 17, 2021
LONDON (RNS) — ‘Appointment as prime minister is the completion of the Catholic stealth minority’s rise to influence,’ said one historian.
Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake
By Associated Press — June 17, 2021
DENVER (AP) — While Jack Phillips said he could not make the cake because of its message, the judge said the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech.
Ebrahim Raisi poised to sweep into Iranian presidency despite weak religious credentials
By Joseph Hammond — June 16, 2021
(RNS) — The rise of Raisi has many analysts suggesting that Iran’s religious revolutionary fervor may be dampening, or changing form.
Who is Ed Litton, the new Southern Baptist Convention president?
By Bob Smietana — June 16, 2021
(RNS) – A bridge builder whose life has been touched by tragedy, newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton faces the challenge of healing rifts in the country's largest Protestant denomination.
EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new leader?
By Roxanne Stone — June 14, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Bennett represents a third generation of Israeli leaders, after the founders of the state and Netanyahu's generation.