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Our hand-picked mix of compelling news stories, commentaries from Maureen, and important updates about the show.
Kumon | Flickr
Most Americans don’t see sin in divorce  
By KATHY LYNN GROSSMAN (RNS) In a summer of celebrity splits — Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Miss Piggy and Kermit — a question comes up for many...

Kevin Dooley | Flickr
Sister Monica’s secret ministry to transgender people  
By RENEE GADOUA c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal the name of...

Gage Skidmore | Flickr
Why some conservative Christians like Donald Trump  
By TREVIN WAX (RNS) How is it possible for salt-of-the-earth, family-loving conservative Christians to be taken with a serial adulterer who won’t take back misogynistic comments and who publicly trumpets the...

Steve Rhodes | Flickr
A year after Ferguson, a practical theology emerges around ‘Black Lives Matter’  
By ADELLE M. BANKS (RNS) When news broke of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago (Aug. 9, 2014), St. Louis seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis felt she couldn’t just sit quietly...

Ihar | Flickr
Gay priest fired from chaplain job asks Pope Francis to meet LGBT Catholics in U.S.  
By DAVID GIBSON c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) In May, the Rev. Warren Hall was abruptly dismissed from his position as the popular campus chaplain at Seton Hall University in New Jersey because the...

US Army | Flickr
Muslims wrap up Ramadan fast with Eid al-Fitr feasting  
By JENNIFER CALFAS c. 2015 USA Today Muslim Americans will gather Friday (July 17) to celebrate Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the month-long Ramadan. Since June 17, Muslims marking Ramadan observed the holy...

Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons
Activist who took down Confederate flag drew on her faith and on new civil rights awakening  
By JESSE JAMES DeCONTO | HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (RNS) As she prepared for her mission — scaling the 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse to bring down the Confederate flag — Bree Newsome ...