Remember: Valentine’s Day is on Friday. Read to the end of today’s roundup for some card ideas.

North Korea has rescinded an invitation for a senior U.S. official to visit to seek the release of imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae, who says he is worried about his health.

When did faith start to fade? The New Yorker asks in its new issue, exploring the rise of secularism.

It's a garden Gnome and a magazine cover! Duck Dynasty is everywhere...

It’s a garden Gnome and a magazine cover! Duck Dynasty is everywhere… David Gibson for RNS

The New Yorker also profiled “The Christian Oscars,” or the Movieguide awards that awards films that feature faith and values. Winners included “Shark Tank,” “Duck Dynasty” and “The Bible” series on the History Channel.

A year since his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets. Meanwhile, Pope Francis is shifting in tone and not in doctrine, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says in a new interview with the Boston Globe.

Mother Jones explains why Sochi has 20,000 Muslims but no mosques. On Sunday, Russian Jews remembered Israeli athletes murdered at 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

The United Methodist Church is in a crisis over gay marriage and church law as some clergy preside over gay weddings.

The Supreme Court should be issuing a ruling soon on how the government conducts public prayers.

Christians are warming up to beer, says Brett McCracken.

Presbyterians are selling a camp for $7.9 million to pay sex abuse debt.

An Ohio Amish couple is in hiding with their daughter to pursue their fight to make health care decisions for their daughter fighting cancer.

Both under 30, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013.

In international news:

Gunmen kill 8 at religious gathering in Pakistan

Gunman kills nun, parishioner in Russian cathedral

Puerto Rico probes church sex abuse allegations

Muslims run for their lives in the Central African Republic; Christians lynch, dismember man

For more news, check out the religious freedom roundup.

Categories: Beliefs

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.


  1. I am suprised that RNS neglects the ‘saint’ in ‘Saint Valentine’s Day’ . Perhaps making a subtle point in reference to the rise of secularism as reported in the New Yorker? We’ll go with that. Here’s hoping you reform your ways before Friday. In the spirit of the holiday ‘I Love You’ anyway!

  2. When did faith start to fade? Just take a look at today’s roundup, Christian’s lynching and dismembering a man, I’m sure Christ would greatly approve, he of the take up your sword Peter and fight like hell fame, and Muslims running for their lives in one place, committing suicide bombings in the name of Allah in another,. Preachers here in America preaching a prosperity gospel while at the same time fighting against programs that help the poor. Right Christian of them don’t you think? After all, Christ did say I’ve got mine screw you, didn’t he? Yeah, I totally now agree with Marx-religion is just the drug of the people. Nothing more, nothing less!!


      Yes. Since you asked.

      “And as for these enemies of mine who didn’t want me to be their king–bring them in and EXECUTE THEM right here in front of me.'” (Luke 19:27)

      [from the “Parable of the 12 Minas”, perhaps the most dangerous words in the Bible]

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