NEWS OF THE WEEK

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

At the Vatican this week, Pope Francis urged prayers for migrants fleeing poverty and violence who have recently died while attempting to enter Europe. He said their deaths were “crimes which offend the entire human family.” This week at least … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

In Alaska, President Obama continued drawing attention to climate change during his three-day tour of the state. He visited a melting glacier and spoke with Alaskan natives about the impact of climate change on fishing and other industries. He called … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

Massive preparations are underway for the pope’s visit to the US, in just over two weeks. On the 22nd, a Tuesday, he arrives in Washington from Cuba. The 23rd he talks with President Obama. The 24th he addresses Congress, the … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

Pope Francis made headlines this week when he announced that women who have had abortions can be forgiven by priests. He said priests would be able to “absolve the sin of abortion” during the Catholic Church’s upcoming Jubilee of Mercy … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

Nearly 60 percent of US Catholics believe abortion is a sin compared with 48 percent of the general US population. That’s according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. However, the Pew survey on American Catholicism shows that a … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

In Kentucky, county clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail for contempt after refusing to comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis has maintained that issuing the licenses would violate her Christian beliefs, and … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

In Washington, leaders of several black church denominations, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, joined in a worship service to address the issue of racism in the United States. The leaders also held a press conference on the theme of … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

A movie about faith called “The War Room” is making a splash at the box office. The film focuses on an African-American couple and their attempt to overcome marriage troubles with prayer. It was produced on a low budget by … More

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

Hindus around the world celebrate Janmashtami (September 5). The festival honors the birth of their popular deity Lord Krishna, who is believed to be one of the incarnations of the god Vishnu.

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September 4, 2015 | Comments

This week begins R&E’s 19th year on the air, and we thank everyone who made that possible.
When the Religion News Writers Association announced its awards last weekend (August 29), in our category—Television News Magazine Religion Reporting—we won every prize. Fred … More