Typhoon survivors gather in ruined churches across the Philippines on Sunday as Filipinos look to religion as a solace.

Marilynne Robinson reviews Flannery O’Connor’s new “Prayer Journal” for the New York Times, writing, “her religious sincerity is beyond question, but the forms of its expression raise many questions.”

UK Baroness Sayeeda Warsi says protecting the religious freedom of minorities is a responsibility of all faiths.

Photographic proof that there is apparently no difference between Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Discuss:

Counties in Alabama have been refusing to provide undocumented immigrants with marriage licenses.

Methodist bishops are being asked to charge one of their own for performing a gay wedding: Retired bishop Melvin Talbert, who officiated at a same-sex wedding in Alabama last month. Meanwhile, Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer will go on trial today for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding.

Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage will face a federal court challenge.

The Cheney sisters are fighting publicly over gay marriage.

Ted Turner, founder of CNN who said “Christianity is a religion for losers,” wants to go to heaven. His ex-wife Jane Fonda says, “he’s a shoo-in.”

There’s a new documentary on Christian basketball star Jeremy Lin called “Linsanity,” on faith and sports.

In a widely-shared clip, a bride’s family surprised her by singing “To Life” from “Fiddler on the Roof” at her wedding.

The Bay Psalm Book of 1640 is likely to fetch between $15-30 million at auction next week. But as the New York Times reports, not everyone at Boston’s Old South Church is happy about cashing out on one of their treasured possessions.

The Vatican is downplaying threats against the pope.

Christian financial adviser Dave Ramsey’s post via Tom Corley on “20 Things the Rich do Every Day” has gone viral.

In Egypt, fears replace hope as the hundreds of thousands of Coptic pilgrims who usually flock to a monastery in November are mostly absent.

A Spanish judge on Sunday charged two Chileans with belonging to a terrorist organization, detonating an explosion in a cathedral last month, and conspiring to stage a similar attack at a monastery.

The elf on a shelf, an attempt to keep kids in line, has a Jewish competitor.

Finally, a Tumblr for your amusement: a plea to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to fix his clerical collar.

Tweets from the weekend:

Don’t miss the religious freedom recap from this morning: Debate flares over how people define martyred and persecuted Christians. An American church drops Bibles over North Korea. And a drunken Wisconsin woman drops trou in the name of religious freedom.

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

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