President Obama had a 52-minute audience with Pope Francis. World Vision does an about-face on same-sex marriage. Ritz releases a kosher-certified, bacon-flavored cracker.
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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.
Today is the first day of spring. The Alban Institute is closing. The pilot of the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing March 8 was interested in atheism.
Catholics celebrate Pope Francis’ one-year anniversary. A South Carolina pastor warns Christians not to participate in the Hindu holiday, Holi. A North Carolina church stations a “Homeless Jesus” sculpture on its lawn.
Selfies with ashes popped up everywhere Wednesday. Pope Francis suggests the church might support gay civil unions. * What’s hotter than sex? Why, of course, religion.
“The debate has been captured by utterly intolerant people on both sides. Everybody wants religious liberty for me, and my opponent ground into the dust.” –University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, quoted by The Washington Post about how the current controversy over gay rights and religious freedom in several U.S. states is “creating a […]
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes a religious exemption bill. Gays may be allowed to marry in Texas, but not yet. Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” brouhaha.
The Dalai Lama says the ecology is the no. 1 issue the U.S. should pay more attention to. Satan has been getting a good share of religion headlines. A ‘spontaneous’ baptism formula.
Support for the death penalty is hanging on a thread. A Robo Jesus in Buenos Aires. Legos got religion.
More Americans check Facebook than read the Bible. A Hindu-American is the keynote speaker at the president’s Prayer Breakfast. Sochi’s multiculturalism, or lack thereof.