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Traditional Catholics are unsettled because Pope Francis isn't speaking out against abortion and gay marriage. Snake handlers get their own reality show. And a Jackie Robinson statue is defaced with swastikas.

Categories: Beliefs

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. […] Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Francis Frustration * Snake Handler TV … Statue of Pee Wee Reese putting his arm around Jackie Robinson, depicting the moment in 1947 when Reese signaled to a hostile crowd that Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball, was one of the team. The statue, outside a Coney Island … Read more on Religion News Service […]