Mass was held Sunday for Boston bombing victim Martin Richard on what would have been his 9th birthday.
Catholic, anti-abortion Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad may have to sign off on payments for every Medicaid-funded abortion in his state.
What did Jesus look like? Blogger Justin Taylor offers a best-guess forensic rendering.
Our own Omid Safi found himself in the middle of the Istanbul demonstrations, giving five takeaways, including “This is not simply Islamists vs. Secularists.” And don’t miss Jonathan Merritt’s additional reporting on the growing evangelical gender debates.
Two women in Egypt convert–one to Islam, one to Christianity–illustrating deep sensitivities surrounding conversions in the country.
“Now the Internet appears to be a great temptation,” the head of the Russian Orthodox Church tells monks, urging them to shun the Internet and cell phones.
The Catholic Church has launched a new campaign called “The new evangelization,” and Washington Post reporter Michelle Boorstein wants to know if comedian Jim Gaffigan might be part of it. The synagogue where he appeared in recently doubles as a hip arts venue.
Police had been arresting women at the Western Wall for wearing prayer shawls and tefillin that in more traditional circles is worn only by men, but Israel police enforced a Jerusalem district court order and protected about 300 women over the weekend.
Prayers were said in churches across South Africa for former President Nelson Mandela, who has spent a third night in hospital in ”serious but stable” condition for a lung infection.
The Oregon Senate passed a bill last week that would require all parents who don’t want a child vaccinated to get a science lesson first, a key change from current law, allowing a parent to refuse immunization on religious grounds by signing a form. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is considering a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion.
Nik Wallenda, the man who walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope last year, plans to cross the Grand Canyon the same way on June 23. Wallenda recently release a memoir called “Balance: Christian Faith and Miraculous Results,” and appeared on NPR’s humorous show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” last week.
On Sunday, musician Kanye West debuted “I Am a God” from his new album “Yeezus,” which included the lyrics “I just talked to Jesus, and he said, ‘What’s up, Yeezus?’ and I said, ‘S***, I’m chilli’, trying to stack these millions.”
Fun tweets for your morning:
Where are Argentine #PopeFrancis tweets most popular with 6.9 million followers? Spanish, 2,566,112, rapidly gaining on English, 2.580,505
— Cathy Lynn Grossman (@CLGrossman) June 10, 2013
Know why God doesn't want Baptists to dance? Ever watched a Baptist dance? #SBC13
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) June 10, 2013
Because it was so tepid before. First on CNN: Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals http://t.co/qF14pobjkY
— Sarah Posner (@sarahposner) June 9, 2013