WASHINGTON (RNS) Sorry, St. Luke. A woman who wasn’t even a priest — Labor Secretary Frances Perkins — won the final round of the “Lent Madness” online tournament to win the coveted ”Golden Halo” prize.
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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.
Next up at the Supreme Court: the Defense of Marriage Act. Pope Francis opts for humble quarters. And an ordained minister celebrates her first anniversary as an atheist.
WASHINGTON (RNS) For supporters of gay marriage, Tuesday’s arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court show just how far this debate has come: It’s no longer “if” gay marriage will be accepted and legal, but “how” and “when.”
(RNS) More than 100 Jews will spend four nights and five days in the California desert this year to celebrate Passover, an experience, they hope, that will allow them to more viscerally understand the liberation of the Israelites who left bondage in Egypt and wandered in the desert 3,500 years ago.
The Maccabeats, a Yeshiva University a capella group, has co-opted the hit musical and movie Les Miserables to tell the story of Passover, which begins Monday night.
Pope Francis is officially installed today. Who says an atheist can’t celebrate Lent? And Mormon women, for the first time in 183 years, will offer prayers at the General Conference.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Just as life in communist Poland propelled Pope John Paul II’s crusade against the Soviets and coming of age in Nazi Germany shaped Pope Benedict XVI, Argentina’s Dirty War posed deep, existential questions for the future Pope Francis.
(RNS) Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina — the deadliest bombing in the country’s history.
The papal conclave opens today. But here at RNS, we’ve already picked the winner in our Sweet Sistine Pope Madness tourney. One cardinal’s mom says: please don’t choose my boy.