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The Pope explains why he prefers living at the Vatican guest house: "I lead a normal life." A gay athlete at a Catholic college comes out and no one blinks. And actress Cicely Tyson introduces the rest of the world to "Blessed Assurance."

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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. I love Blessed Assurance. Aretha Franklin and Shirley Caesar both do nice versions. I just found this lovely jazz version by The Eric Byrd Trio, which I really like:

  2. Just getting around to reading Thur. and Friday’s roundups here on Sunday but based on the Pope’s comments in Thursdays roundup I still can’t help but be impressed by him so far. Seems to me as if he is trying to be both as sensible and “normal’ as his office will allow. From the reactions of some within the church it’s a good thing it’s 2013 and not 1431 or else the Pope might be joining Joan of Arc at the stake. Hey Mr. Gibson, why don’t you all there at religion news SEND the Pope a gift subscription? I’m sure he would appreciate it. The stories are interesting and well written. What more could a Pope ask for? Just a thought.