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Panel discussion at the Alliance of Virtue conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 7, 2018. RNS photo by Jack Jenkins.

Need to know: Thursday, February 8, 2018

New BFFs

Evangelicals join interfaith leaders in Washington to promote religious tolerance

As faith leaders descended on Washington for a conference on religious tolerance this week, attendees were quick to note an unexpectedly large delegation from one particular religious group: evangelical Christians. More from Religion News Service

Hijabi hip

Maxi dresses, cardigans and hijabs: Essentials in Macy’s new fashion line aimed at M …

Macy’s is launching a “modest” fashion line this month geared toward Muslim women that will feature maxi dresses, ankle-length cardigans and hand-dyed hijabs. More from

Russians…rush in (get it?)

Big Russian delegation anticipated for prayer breakfast in Washington

As many as 60 representatives from Russia's religious and political elite are expected to attend Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, more than three times last year's number, according to Russian officials. More from

Scandal deepens

Pope Francis’ reputation on sex abuse ‘has gone from bad to worse’

The 81-year-old pontiff’s appeals on behalf of the downtrodden are being overshadowed by the way he is dealing with victims of clerical sexual abuse. More from Religion News Service

Living water

As Cape Town’s water crisis nears ‘Day Zero,’ faith groups spring into action

While tensions rise and politicians point blame in every direction over the city’s water crisis, faith groups are working across spiritual divides to offer their flocks hope and a way forward. More from Religion News Service

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About the author

Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.