The Slingshot: Copts killed; Trump Christians; Archdiocese negotiations


Bullets holes are seen on the police booth outside Mar Mina church, in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, where at least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, have been killed in a shootout outside the church. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Need to know: Friday, December 29, 2017

Attacked — again

Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

Egypt's Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic militants in a series of attacks since December 2016 that killed more than 100. More from Religion News Service

Amen corner

Trump scorns mainstream news, but not the Christian Broadcasting Network

The president gets praise from CBN founder Pat Robertson and gives interviews to David Brody, CBN’s chief political correspondent. More from

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Judge denies Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy plans

The judge told the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and abuse survivors, who seek millions in claims, to resume negotiating. More from Religion News Service

‘Moral priority’

When the state cut funding for suicide prevention, this Wyoming church stepped in

The Episcopal Diocese in Wyoming, where the suicide rate leads the nation, has taken over as the bishop chides lawmakers’ action. More from Casper Star-Tribune Online

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N.J. town rescinds parks ban alleged to target Orthodox Jews

The council tried to stop New York neighbors from visiting its public park and to ban markers Jews use to observe Sabbath rules. More from Religion News Service