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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. Apparently the two Nigerian students have taken sanctuary in several churches over the past year. They name of the church is not being used in order to protect them. See

  2. Thank you so much for the link to the glorious Catholic Marketing Network trade show, where the photos of the merchandise are almost too good to be true! I especially liked the Vocation Doll and the Eco-Joe real estate saint kit.

  3. Great, another mega filled with information roundup today. Should only take me the entire day + to get to it all. I haven’t read the story yet but the one about lefties being upset with the Pope, isn’t that sort of a tradition now? Although, as a lefty myself, I’m fairly impressed with him, which IS saying a lot since I’ve become rather anti-religious in my old age. Not entirely anti-religious, but enough to be upset with the control and extreme fundalmentalist types. But, Pope Francis has done a fairly good job of at least sounding inclusive

  4. Lauren Markoe

    Lauren Markoe

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    Hi and thanks. Because this pope is widely seen as more liberal — if only in tone — than his predecessor, it would come as a surprise to many that lefties would be anything but pleased.

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