(RNS) Cremation is forbidden by some religions and required by others. But does it help the environment?
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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.
Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, held in North Korea for more than a year, pleads for his release. Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. And some Orthodox Jewish girls get the green light on a ritual most often reserved for men.
(RNS) A new report finds that Jewish Americans give a much smaller proportion of their total giving to congregations (23 percent) than do Americans in general (41 percent).
(RNS) The U.S. is looking for a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a job that took more than two years to fill the last time it was empty. RNS takes a look at some possible candidates.
Britain grants asylum to an Afghan man because he’s an atheist. It’s now illegal to have a gay relationship in Nigeria. And on game day, a 49ers fan and pastor speeds through the sermon.
(RNS) Pope Francis made it clear that he supports breast-feeding in public. But while many people ask why a mother wouldn’t breast-feed in church, others say it’s immodest and distracting to have an infant latch on in the pews.
Esquire names Pope Francis the best dressed man of the year. The year’s worst Christian book covers. And Britain praises Muslims for informing on extremists.
An imam and an archbishop band together in the Central African Republic. An Ohio judge moves the state closer to gay marriage. And Jesus is a Muslim prophet – but what do Muslims do on Christmas?
(RNS) Opinions on clergy differed markedly by party, with Republicans viewing them far more favorably than Democrats.