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Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, held in North Korea for more than a year, pleads for his release. Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. And some Orthodox Jewish girls get the green light on a ritual most often reserved for men.

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. Thank you Ms. Marcoe for your columns and posts! I hope to write more later as I have a appointment very soon but wanted to write this much to thank you for your coverage of religion news that is without bias or spin. Refreshing! Especially to this now near atheist!