(RNS) Thursday’s service marked nearly a year since a massacre took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Americans from a spectrum of faiths prayed, sang and testified about a gun violence epidemic they said is poisoning the nation’s soul.
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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) The Annenberg Foundation reveals itself as the anonymous bidder that bought 24 sacred Native American artifacts — and plans to give them to the tribes that tried to keep them off the auction block.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Washington National Cathedral is a cavernous, hard-to-heat space, but the atmosphere was warm and intimate Wednesday as Nelson Mandela was honored for his struggle against apartheid.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A rare exhibit at the National Archives on the Mall raises thorny questions about the ultimate disposition of a trove of books and documents found in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters 10 years ago.
All eyes on South Africa as the nation prepares for Mandela’s funeral. The increasingly appreciated hospital chaplain. And at the Sooner Statehouse, the Satanists want a monument . . . Oklahoma Not OK?
The hero of South Africa — and an inspiration to millions worldwide — died Thursday (Dec. 5) at 95. The Twitterverse lit up with memories, appreciations and prayers.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The “Fast for Families” enters a new phase as the original group of fasters begin to recover from the physical ordeal and a larger group — many of them political and pastoral celebrities — take up the cause.
The ACLU sues the USCCB over a failure to provide an abortion. The first “Muslim While Flying” case goes to trial. And should we be surprised that Pope Francis was a bouncer?
The Supreme Court will hear the Hobby Lobby lawsuit. A tiny book of psalms sets an auction record. And here’s the Religion News Service 2013 Holiday Gift Guide — including not too many tasteless suggestions.