The Vatican gets as friendly as it ever has with gay Catholics. In Texas, a Mass for the nurse with Ebola. And where are all the American nuns?
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About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
(RNS) A new report says American Christians would do more to help the poor if their pastors were less timid about asking them to open their wallets.
God grabs the check at North Carolina diner. Better quit saying “living in sin.” And a look at the Texas church tending to the family of man known as the first U.S. case of Ebola.
(RNS) In the first religion case of the Supreme Court season, a Muslim prisoner asks for the right to grow a very short beard.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Given its standards for members’ conduct, the group won’t accept all Christians. And many who do qualify may not choose the plan as their exclusive means of paying for health care.
(RNS) A new study finds that more religious Jewish teens are less suicidal than secular Jewish teens, bolstering previous research that suggests faith offers a degree of protection.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Inmate Gregory Holt wants to grow a half-inch beard in observance of his Muslim faith. Arkansas prison officials say he can’t. The Supreme Court will decide.
Colonel Sanders tries to be more Muslim than the imams. The Vatican is investigating KC’s Bishop Finn. And the Hobby Lobby Bible museum, soon to be built in the heart of the nation’s capital, gets an official name. (And it’s not “Hobby Lobby Bible Museum.”)
WASHINGTON (RNS) “Please stop calling them the ‘Islamic State,’ because they are not a state and they are not religious,” said Ahmed Bedier, a Muslim and the president of United Voices of America.