Residents evacuate Seaside Heights on an rescue vehicle the day after Hurricane Sandy landed. Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

Residents evacuate Seaside Heights on an rescue vehicle the day after Hurricane Sandy landed. Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

FEMA is still denying aid to religious groups hit by Hurricane Sandy, even though the House voted in February to approve a bill that would allow faith-based groups to follow the same reimbursement process as private nonprofit organizations. A Senate version awaits review by a subcommittee, according to the Asbury Park Press.

An 18-year-old Mormon missionary who survived cancer also survived the crash in Spain that killed at least 80 people.

There’s much to read about Pope Francis around World Youth Day, including how the vigorous pace of the “slum pope” is leaving his staff “destroyed.” And is calling Francis the “humble pope” implying that other popes were not humble? Elizabeth Tenety tackles the simple living, highly educated Jesuit pope for the Washington Post.

The pope is the second-most followed world-leader tweeter with President Barack Obama leading the way, but the pope has the most retweets.

A pastor in Pennsylvania is receiving threats after being mistaken for George A. Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin trial.

Religious freedom isn’t just about religion, says Robert P. George, the new chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, along with Katrina Lantos Swett in The Wall Street Journal. Be sure to read Charles Haynes on similar issues.

YouVersion, the popular Bible app, has hit 100 million downloads.

Affairs, while they violate the Seventh Commandment, don’t necessarily disqualify someone like Anthony Weiner from political office, says Mike Gerson. “Combined with recklessness, the abuse of power or cruelty, however, it can take on public implications.”

I just arrived back from a trip to Zambia, where the country’s ex-president’s son was arrested after telling some people that the current president is a Satanist and they risked being sacrificed if they attended his rally.

Who says Latin is dead? The language is thriving thanks in part to the Vatican, The Economist reports. It includes a chart of modern Latin uses for words like hashtag: nota notandi.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was “embarrassed” and “irritated” that the Church of England invested indirectly in online lender Wonga, the “morally wrong” payday lender the Justin Welby planned to take on.

A barbecue restaurant responds to claims it “evicted” a Christian church from rented space when its pastor preached against homosexuality.

Seven states want to ban Shariah. Why? Here’s the rundown.

Assassinated Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead outside his home in Tunis on Thursday, setting off mass protests against the Islamist-led government.

The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the 86-year-old televangelist who built the Crystal Cathedral, was hospitalized after a fall.

As we hit the weekend, here’s something to discuss with your friends: Can a horror film lead people to God?

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Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey joined RNS as a national correspondent in 2013. She has previously served as managing editor of Odyssey Networks and online editor for Christianity Today.


  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    The media doesn’t seem to know how to deal with world leaders who are genuinely humble.
    Calling Pope Francis “THE humble pope” doesn’t do justice to Pope Benedict XVI.
    How many other world leaders have voluntarily stepped down from their lofty positions??

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