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How many lungs does the pope have? Why don't Mormon leaders wear beards? What happened to Jabba's hut?

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Cardinal Dolan won’t be winning back gay people.

    BUT, for the spiritual health of his own flock he needs to get the Uber-Catholics to stop using contempt and sarcasm when dealing with gayness and gay people. Contempt and sarcasm are not gifts of the Holy Spirit, as many religious people seem to think.

  2. John M. I totally agree with your comment. Somehow Christians seem to think that showing contempt for others is going to convert them. Works just the opposite. Actually, I’ve noticed for a long while now that the Christian church seems to be focused much more on hate and contempt than on love. What did Christ say to that? Even 2k yrs ago Christ saved his most condemning words for those in the church that ignored the poor and failed to show the love they were intended to show. I won’t get into quoteing the Bible but spit you out of my mouth comes to mind. I’m also speaking as a blind person who has been told that my blindness was the result of some sin and that if I just had enough faith I would be healed. The crowning blow came when I was asked how I could be a Democrat and a Christian as if political beliefs alone decided salvation. Haven’t been back to church since then . Won’t say I am an atheist but I do not believe much of what the neo-con church at large is preaching. Sigh.

  3. Ironically though, I really enjoy reading the RNS roundup each morning with my screenreader. It is something I look forward to every morning. Thanks all at RNS!

  1. […] Tuesday's Religion News Roundup: Pope's Lung * Mormon Beards * Jabba's Hut Pope Francis has nearly two lungs, though some press have reported he's got one. Doctors did remove part of one of his lungs, the Vatican corrects. It happened decades ago, when the 76-year-old pontiff was a seminarian and suffered a severe infection. Read more on Religion News Service […]