(RNS) The biggest worry for “American Idol” contestants is whether the judges will let them sing on the next show. For some singers on Idol-type programs abroad, it’s that religious extremists will kill them.
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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) Pope Benedict XVI never inspired the deep admiration enjoyed by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, but Americans – and Catholic Americans even more so – still look favorably upon the soon-to-be-former head of the Roman Catholic Church.
On Purim, as on Halloween, children dress up and goodies are given out. But some Jews take care not to think of Purim as their Jewish Halloween.
Traditional Catholics say Pope Benedict XVI turned out to be more golden retriever than Rottweiler. Police allege that a rapist is stalking on a Christian dating site. And Twitter finds out what people are giving up for Lent.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Council of Churches is moving its headquarters from the historic “God Box” in New York City to Washington, a change that the cash-strapped ecumenical group predicts will save as much as $500,000.
(RNS) According to a new poll, unchurched Americans expect to be spending Valentine’s Day between the sheets. White mainline Protestants? Not so much.
On the day the pope announces his resignation, lightning literally strikes St. Peter’s. A prominent Zen teacher is accused of molesting students. A Jewish porn star gets his big break.
(RNS) President Obama opened the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday (Feb. 7) with the news that Joshua DuBois, head of the White House office focused on the intersection of religion and public policy, will step down this week.
(RNS) Many American Jews and others are fervently rebutting a claim made by gun rights activists: that gun control kept firearms from European Jewry, and made the Holocaust, if not possible, than more catastrophic than it would otherwise have been.