The Slingshot: Papal trip; church aid; funny Jews


Pope Francis reviews an honor guard as he arrives at Dhaka’s international airport, Bangladesh, on Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Need to know: Friday, December 1, 2017

High wire act

Pope in Bangladesh, continues diplomatic tightrope walk

Bangladesh is the last leg of a politically fraught trip for Francis’ papacy, one where his outspoken concern for refugees has been tempered by sensitivities on the ground. More from Religion News Service

Upon this rock

Bill that would allow churches to receive FEMA aid advances in Congress

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act will next move to the House floor for deliberation. More from Religion News Service

Wrongful deaths

‘They have blood on their hands’: Texas families target Air Force ‘negligence’ after church shooting

At least three families are filing claims, blaming the military for the deaths of loved ones gunned down earlier this month at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. More from

Drop in the bucket

The guy in the red apron: How a Salvation Army bell ringer brings heart to the job

Many bell ringers have honed strategies for making the most of the uncompensated work. More from Religion News Service

Humor me

Why Are Jews Funny?

In “Jewish Comedy: A Serious History,” the Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber lays out a detailed taxonomy of Jewish humor: seven categories to cover everything from the Book of Esther to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” More from