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Can Hip-Hop Be Holy? A Q&A With Monica Miller  
BY NANCY HAUGHT | PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Hip-hop's all the rage at universities and seminaries these days. Scholars parse its angry and often violent language. They sift out refrains of religious redemption or cleve...

Did Jesus Have a Wife? New Historical Discovery Raises Old Question  
BY DANIEL BURKE (RNS) Dan Brown, your phone is ringing. A newly revealed piece of papyrus offers fresh evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married, according to a Harvard Divinity School professo...

The ‘Maverick’ Egyptian-American Copt Behind the Anti-Muslim Film  
BY DANIEL BURKE (RNS) When inflamed mobs stormed the U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday (Sept. 11), the media quickly looked to a likely spark. Florida Pastor Terry Jones ignited deadly riots by threateni...

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI Prepares to Embark on High-Risk Trip to Lebanon  
BY ALESSANDRO SPECIALE | VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI embarks Friday (Sept. 14) on a high-risk trip to Lebanon, as the country's stability is threatened by spillover from the conflict in neighboring Syria....

How the Lord’s Prayer Saved a 9/11 Survivor  
BY KAY CAMPBELL | HUNTSTVILLE, Ala. (RNS) For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colonel who was managing projects for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, instinct came before analysis as he fought to stay on his feet the morning o...

Green Lantern
DC Comics Introduces New Muslim Superhero  
BY OMAR SACIRBEY (RNS) Green was the favorite color of Islam’s founder Prophet Muhammad, so it seems fitting that the world’s latest Muslim superhero has joined the small but diverse circle of superheroes ...

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Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92  
BY DANIEL BURKE  (RNS) The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business emp...