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Our hand-picked mix of compelling news stories, commentaries from Maureen, and important updates about the show.
Q&A with Charles Manson’s prison chaplain  
05-21-2015From around the web
By JONATHAN MERRITT (RNS) After a judge sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings, religious leaders in that city found themselves on both sides of the issue. Lawmaker...

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In Thomas Merton, conference panelists see a model for racial justice and healing  
05-20-2015From around the web
By RENEE K. GADOUA | LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and racial profiling. Back in 1963, ...

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Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion  
05-12-2015From around the web
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN | WASHINGTON (RNS) The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through Amer...

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Can you be a Christian without believing in Christ? (COMMENTARY)  
05-12-2015From around the web
By TREVIN WAX (RNS) The rise of the “nones” — Americans who no longer check a religious affiliation on demographic surveys — has stirred up interesting conversations among church lead...

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How moms set children’s spiritual compass and why it matters  
05-08-2015From around the web
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN (RNS) Religious identity used to be “inherited.” “Cradle Catholic” is shorthand for born into the faith; within Judaism, the faith is passed through a Jewi...

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Liberation theology’s founder basks in a belated rehabilitation under Pope Francis  
05-07-2015From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON | NEW YORK (RNS) It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. ...

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Why David Brooks is my rabbi (COMMENTARY)  
05-06-2015From around the web
By JEFFREY SALKIN (RNS) Is David Brooks becoming a Christian? That’s the question that some people have been asking about The New York Times’ op-ed columnist, especially in the...