DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The call to prayer was broadcast from a boxy public address system at the foot of the chapel, first in English, spoken by a woman, then in Arabic, recited in the familiar sing-song chant.
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About Yonat Shimron
Yonat Shimron joined RNS in April, 2011 and became managing editor in 2013. She was the religion reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. from 1996 to 2011. During that time she won numerous awards. She is a past president of the Religion Newswriters Association.
(RNS) “When we realize that God is in love with our smallness, that he made himself small in order to better encounter us, we cannot help but open our hearts to him, and beseech him: “Lord, help me to be like you.”
America’s most famous Catholic bids his audience adieu. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Pope Francis. Sarah Silverman gives feminist Jewish activists a thumbs up.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he would have liked to be known as “Father Benedict.” Atheists want to repeal state bans forbidding nonbelievers from holding office. Obama appears tonight on the Colbert Report.
A second day of protests continued across the nation. The Vatican turned up hundreds of millions of euros. Vladimir Putin traces his heritage to Prince Vladimir.
The president quotes from Exodus. Google doodle honors a nun. Two powerful New Yorkers have forged an unexpected friendship.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upholds gay marriage bans in four states. Worries rise over the Temple Mount. Chicago’s Catholic Archdiocese releases secret archives on sex abuse.
Brittany Maynard cancels her death date. New York and Chicago brace for Catholic church and school closings. The Sistine Chapel’s frescoes are turning white.
Catholics are anticipating “the report,” due Saturday. Hillsong pastor takes a pass. Bill Maher defends making generalizations.