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Martin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘People came out and voted in every mechanism, and they want to stop people from voting,’ said the son of the civil rights leader. ‘That's unconscionable.’

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has 'redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,' said one pastor in North Carolina.

Fauci and Collins join interfaith leaders at cathedral vaccine ‘confidence event’

By Adelle M. Banks — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — A couple dozen religious leaders — of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths — received their shots from local health officials at the Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday.

Scholar and Biden adviser Jon Meacham joins National Cathedral as canon historian

By Jack Jenkins — March 10, 2021
(RNS) — Meacham is the first leader appointed to the cathedral’s planned College of Faith & Culture.

The Rev. William Barber II to headline interfaith inauguration prayer service

By Jack Jenkins — January 19, 2021
(RNS) — Patti LaBelle and Josh Groban will offer musical performances.

Fauci and Collins dispense Thanksgiving COVID-19 advice at cathedral forum

By Adelle M. Banks — November 13, 2020
(RNS) — Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci advised weighing the risks. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said he’s skipping the family gathering this year.

For whom the bell tolls: COVID-19 deaths recalled with church bell, vigils, services

By Adelle M. Banks — October 30, 2020
(RNS) — ‘The bell has no words,’ said a pastor whose church bell is sounding through All Saints' Day. ‘This will transcend dogma, denomination, religion, politics.’

We need to declare a national emergency on deadly policing

By Kelly Brown Douglas — September 2, 2020
(RNS) — This country’s anti-Black narrative threatens the lives of not only the 13% of this country’s population who are targeted by it; it threatens the survival of the nation itself.

Financially hit by COVID-19, Washington National Cathedral lays off staff

By Kathryn Post — June 17, 2020
(RNS) — The cathedral isn’t the only prominent house of worship experiencing financial challenges as a result of the pandemic.

How to faithfully celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day without leaving home

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2020
(RNS) — From shofar blasts to Facebook Live, a number of faith-based organizations have moved online to mark Earth Day as in-person gatherings have been canceled around the globe.

Washington National Cathedral donates 5,000 medical masks resurrected from crypts

By Paul O'Donnell — March 25, 2020
(RNS) — The 5,000 N95 respiratory masks had been forgotten until the cathedral’s chief stonemason, Joseph Alonso, stumbled on them in an unfinished area of the crypt level early this month.

Cathedral light show is drawing those who normally don’t darken church doors

By Adelle M. Banks — February 17, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Cathedrals around the world are welcoming people in new ways with meditative light and sound shows.

Have we no decency? A response to President Trump

By Mariann Edgar Budde — July 31, 2019
(RNS) — When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president's sense of decency, but of ours.

Notre Dame Cathedral: A place of worship, history, art

By Adelle M. Banks — April 15, 2019
(RNS) — The Paris cathedral celebrated its 850th anniversary in 2013. It has been the most visited monument in France, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Miniature Washington Cathedral to be created with Lego bricks

By Adelle M. Banks — March 1, 2019
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The completed Lego cathedral will be 7 feet tall, 13 feet long and 8 feet wide — about the size of a minivan.
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