The Slingshot: Pope debate; Bad lists; Faith feud

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Ross Douthat, right, speaks during the [email protected] public debate with Massimo Faggioli, left, moderator David Gibson, center, at Lincoln Center in New York on Jan. 31, 2018. RNS photo by Jack Jenkins

Need to know: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Theology fight!

5 years of Francis: Prominent pope watchers debate his legacy

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Villanova University theology professor Massimo Faggioli sparred over Pope Francis before a crowd of more than 250 on Wednesday. More from Religion News Service

Do not do this

List of ‘Jews’ gets Republican candidate a slap from Twitter users

Republican House candidate Paul Nehlen got some creative blowback from the Twitterverse after publishing a long list of “Jews” he said attacked him. More from Religion News Service

Faith feud

Booker: Trump used religion in State of the Union address to divide

President Trump referenced religion multiple times throughout his address to Congress, pledging to protect people of every creed and religion, and referencing the official U.S. motto “In God We Trust.” More from

System error

Pope’s briefing system under scrutiny after Chile gaffe

After recent controversy, observers are wondering just how well informed Pope Francis is about the goings-on in his 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. More from Religion News Service

Cyber spirituality

Is God on Facebook? CBS hopes so, in possible new show

CBS has ordered a pilot episode for “God Friended Me,” a potential new hourlong television drama-comedy. 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.