The Slingshot: Pope poll; Ham served; Guns targeted

Pope Francis is cheered by faithful during an audience with health workers, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on March 3, 2018. (L’Osservatore Romano/ANSA via AP)

Need to know: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Win some, lose some

Survey: Pope Francis is still popular, but warm feelings waning among conservatives

The first Latin American pope retains a soaring 84 percent favorability rating among Catholics overall, but roughly a quarter of American Catholics say he is naive. More from Religion News Service

On second thought…

After a rescinded invitation, Ken Ham talks about God at an Oklahoma university

The lecture by the founder of a Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky came despite objections to his views at the public university in the heart of the Bible Belt Oklahoma. More from Religion News Service

Full frontal attack

Why carrying a gun is an immoral act, according to Marilynne Robinson

“I am too old to mince words,” the author and Christian thinker writes in her new essay collection “What Are We Doing Here?” More from Vox

Get me rewrite!

By rewriting history, Hindu nationalists aim to assert their dominance over India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has appointed a committee of scholars to shape Indian identity as a nation of and for Hindus, worrying Muslims that they will end up second-class citizens. More from Reuters


How the Oscar-winning ‘Coco’ and its fantastical afterlife forced us to talk about death

In the absence of shared spiritual spaces in America, “Coco” and other mega-pop-culture experiences offer a sanctuary for talking about the religious or supernatural spheres in which all but the most hardcore nonbelievers still dabble, writes Michelle Boorstein. (Subscription may be required) More from The Washington Post

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About the author

Kimberly Winston

Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area.