OAKLAND, Calif. (RNS) Catholic churches on the West Coast are vibrant and very different — but that’s something the pope will not see on his East Coast-only visit.
Author Archives: Kimberly Winston
About Kimberly Winston
Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, USA Today, The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News and Newsweek. Since 2011, she has covered atheism and other forms of freethought for Religion News Service. In 2014, she received a Wilbur Award for best online news story from the Religion Communicators Council and in 2005 she was the recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s award for best in-depth religion reporting. She is the author of three books, including Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads (Morehouse, 2008). She is a 1994 graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
(RNS) When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013, he picked a new papal name — “Francis.” It sent a clear message that he would be a new kind of pontiff with his own ideas for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) Christians have praise music. Muslims have nasyid — a form of singing in which a phrase or word of praise is repeated, is super popular among Muslims — especially young Muslims — with concerts and festivals all around the world.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) See this book? It was in my hotel room here in Malaysia. It’s in hotel rooms around the world. But here, this book is banned if it is written in Malay, the official language of the country’s 30 million people.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) The field trips on this 21-day international fellowship are my favorite. And the trip to the Batu Caves, a Hindu Temple, wins the prize for best field trip ever.
HONOLULU (RNS) Artist Masami Teraoka’s newest works blend Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and Italian Renaissance paintings to comment on the clergy sex abuse scandal.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) I’ve always wanted to sing backup to a musical great. My trip to Nashville gave me the chance.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) City officials would have us believe all is harmony in Music City. But with the country’s largest community of Iraqi Kurds and sizable groups of Latinos, Somalis and Bhutanese moving into “the Buckle of the Bible Belt” that isn’t always the case.