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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.
Nearly 30 percent of Americans take the Bible literally. Thomas Nelson will publish a Duck Dynasty Bible. Matthew Vines on same-sex sex in the Bible.
Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention declines. A Pennsylvania church opens a drive-through window. Lesbians in Berlin have a cemetery to themselves.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The journey of the ashes from Dachau to Durham is a remarkable story of a soldier’s witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust and his son’s commitment to finding them an honorable resting place.
Jewish extremists under house arrest. A Catholic principal apologizes for featuring a photo of Ellen DeGeneres on an Oscars-theme invitation. Evangelicals (and others) take to the skies.
Antonio Banderas may be cast as Pope Francis in a new biopic. A celebrity rabbi has some racy thoughts on sex. A new museum dedicated to 9/11 opens at the World Trade Center.
Hispanic Catholics take a tumble. Hillary Clinton calls the Nigeria schoolgirls’ abduction “an act of terrorism.” Atheists are coming to a TV near you.
Today is May Day. Syria takes up an old-fashioned form of executions. Georgia’s Catholic and Episcopal bishops ban guns in church.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Taking a cue from religious conservatives, the liberal denomination of some 1 million members becomes the first in the country to attack same-sex marriage ban on religious freedom grounds.