(RNS) This year the 12 people who will have their feet washed by Pope Francis include nine Italians, one Muslim from Libya, a young man from Cape Verde and an Ethiopian woman
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About Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for six of the past eight years.
Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Eckstrom was the president of the Religion Newswriters Association from 2007-2009 and was the inaugural Dewitt Wallace Fellow in Islamic Studies at Duke University in 2009. In 2014, he was awarded a Senior Journalist Seminar fellowship in Islam from the East-West Center.
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(RNS) It’s Passover, which means you may be eating too much matzo but not enough gefilte fish (is there such a thing?). Unless you follow Odinism. Or were raptured in last night’s blood moon. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
This is hopefully the last Roundup to include something about the “Noah” film. But certainly not the last about Pope Francis. And most definitely not the last on Russell Moore’s advice for the bedroom.
The President of the Republic of Malta, George Abela, visited Pope Francis before the end of his term as head of the Government of the island. During the visit, they discussed political issues. However, Abela’s grandchildren became the center of attention, making the Pope and others smile during an official photo shoot and gifting him a toy dinosaur.
(RNS) Let’s say you order a cold Schlafly on your way to see Bill Donohue in New York’s gay pride parade but your flight crew is raptured, like in Malaysia. Find out what happens in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) “Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue — protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda — Russia’s standard is higher than our own?” evangelist Franklin Graham wrote.
From Vatican City to Minneapolis to Kuala Lampur and Crazytown, we’ve got everything you need to know in religion to get you past humpday. And don’t miss the story about the angry fat cat.
(RNS) Find out where you can find a hunky Jesus but where you won’t find Noah. Fulton Sheen may be one step closer to sainthood, and you may be one step closer to having your wedding look like a Wes Anderson flick. Or not.