Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention declines. A Pennsylvania church opens a drive-through window. Lesbians in Berlin have a cemetery to themselves.
Author Archives: Yonat Shimron
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.
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.
Southern Baptists talk about sex and marriage. Rome gets ready to make saints. U.S. Army recognizes humanists.
Two billionaires try reshape the world in their image. The Justice Department will defend a controversial cross. Expect the unexpected at papal foot washing tomorrow.