Church members attend a concent at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (Oct. 15). RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom

Church members attend a concert at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (Oct. 15). RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom

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In shutdown news, Congress is still seeking a budget and debt ceiling deal. CBN’s Pat Robertson has called on the GOP to end the shutdown, warning that a default would be catastrophic.

A Navy priest has sued over right to celebrate Mass during the shutdown.

Don’t miss the story about an orphan in Florida who goes to church and asks someone–anyone–to adopt him, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. I won’t give away the ending so you’ll have to read it.

Pope Francis has sent a gift of 200 Euros to an elderly Venetian woman who wrote him after she had been mugged, according to the Catholic Herald. As new domain names are being rolled out, the Vatican has grabbed control of .catholic.

French Catholics have been reciting a version of the Lord’s Prayer that could be considered blasphemous, the country’s bishops have concluded after years of debate, and a new version has been approved.

Could replacing the “mainline” name help stem the downward slide of mainline denominations? Cathy Lynn Grossman explains what an informal survey suggests.

A woman has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, saying she was fired because of her divorce even as two male colleagues kept their jobs as they went through divorce and remarriage.

Catholic churches in Rome joined government officials in three countries to deny a public funeral for Erich Priebke, an unrepentant Nazi war criminal who died last week.

The Church of Sweden elected a woman as its leader for the first time in the church’s history.

Religious leaders hope the new movie “12 Years a Slave” will spark renewed conversations over racial reconciliation.

A federal judge expected to rule on Michigan’s gay marriage ban today.

Hundreds of people are dying as Nigeria’s security forces crack down on an Islamic uprising in the northeast, Amnesty International says.

Bishop T.D. Jakes has rebuked the reality show “Preachers Of L.A.”

Hundreds of people have been invited to Billy Graham’s 95th birthday party next month, including President Bill Clinton, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Here’s a photo gallery from the AP of Muslims marking Eid al-Adha.

And for listening, NPR’s Morning Edition has a piece on Appalachian church music.

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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.


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