Welcome to the four-day week ahead. Here’s what caught our eye over the weekend.

The Supreme Court is poised to issue a ruling in Hobby Lobby contraceptive case this morning. Stay tuned to RNS for more. 

For the first time since 1986, Ramadan and the World Cup will coincide. Prohibitions, such as refraining from eating or drinking during the day, present a special challenge to Muslims competing in the competition.

For the first time since 1986, Ramadan and the World Cup will coincide. Prohibitions, such as refraining from eating or drinking during the day, present a special challenge to Muslims competing in the competition. RNS graphic by T.J. Thomson


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Ramadan began over the weekend, adding an off-field challenge for World Cup’s Muslim athletes. Egypt will restrict sermons during Ramadan to topics of faith and morality.

Pope Francis, who has been called a Marxist, said that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is positioning himself as the religious right’s champion in 2016, courting home-school activists, conservative Christian power-brokers, and being advised by former Rick Perry strategists and Tony Perkins. Meanwhile, faith offers valuable connection for Southern Democrats. Time magazine profiles Hillary Clinton’s faith.

After defending controversial Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll from charges of plagiarism, his publisher Tyndale has shelved his next book and his church’s designated imprint.

A week after the LDS church excommunicated one of its own, another member was set to meet Sunday with church officials to find out if he still faces excommunication.

Sir Elton John says Jesus would have supported gay marriage.

Some interesting news within New York City: The only Catholic church to offer a daily traditional Latin Mass might close. Also, the city is offering to pay for full-day pre-k for New York’s religious schools. The administration recently loosened guidelines for religious schools, allowing them to hire teachers based on religion, as well as teach religious texts, so long as it is done “objectively.”

Categories: Beliefs

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.

4 Comments

  1. David Lloyd-Jones

    I am perfectly used to the press keeping tack of how often Easter coincides with Passover.

    Ramadan and the World Cup, though? Clearly we are reaching new heights and breadth in our coverage of the important religious events in our lives.

    -dlj.

    • Ramadan in conflict with a major world sports event is important news. Fasting all day, and then gorging sweets at night, is not good for game prep. Ramadan is particularly tricky since it bounces all over the common world calendar far more than Easter or Passover. … P.S. I am not a sports fan. Good to play, boring to watch.

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