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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. I think it would be appropriate, whenever referring to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, since “Temple Mount” is the Jewish reference, to note that it is the third most holy shrine of Islam, and is known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif. That would be a more balanced representation of its sacred significance to two monotheistic faiths.

  2. We have only enough religion to hate, and not enough to love.” Jonathan Swift, author and cathedral Dean

  3. As well intentioned as the P. Francis’ Green fans might be, they are exploiting the wrong saint. Francis (the original) was all about animals. The saint they want for the greening of the earth is Saint Fiacra, patron of gardeners, hemorrhoid sufferers, and taxi cab drivers (in Paris they are called Fiacras). My mom (though she was dyed in the wool Protestant) was all about this good saint and had a statue of him in her expansive garden (said statue is now in my office waiting for another garden to bless)

  1. […] Choreographed Baptisms * Bold Atheists * Vatican Wine : Tuesday's Roundup Lauren Markoe Follow @lmarkoe | Feb 25, 2014 | 4 Comments. A monk enjoying some vino. Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any country in the world, a new study proves. (Who thinks of such a study?) Image courtesy of Robert Brown Stock … Read more on Religion News Service […]