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The U.S. Capitol reflected in a puddle in Washington on Jan. 6, 2022.

Commentary: Reclaiming our democracy is a matter of faith

By Bridget Moix | Religion News Service | January 27, 2023, 2:35 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Arizona Senator Russell Pearce talks in his office at the State Capitol in Phoenix, Ariz., Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.

LDS politician who led Arizona fight against illegal immigration dies at 75

By Sam Roberts | The New York Times | January 19, 2023, 12:41 a.m.

(Gregorio Borgia | AP) Australian Cardinal George Pell is shown in 2021. He died Jan. 10, 2023.

Commentary: Cardinal Pell’s ‘catastrophe’ memo attacking Pope Francis stains his legacy

By Thomas Reese | Religion News Service | January 18, 2023, 11:05 p.m.

(Gregorio Borgia | AP) Australian Cardinal George Pell is interviewed at the Vatican, Thursday, May 20, 2021. Pell, who was convicted and then acquitted of sex abuse charges in his native Australia, is spending his newfound freedom in Rome. Pell strongly denied the charges and his supporters believe he was scapegoated for the Australian Catholic Church’s botched response to clergy sexual abuse.

Cardinal Pell, whose convictions were overturned, dies at 81

By Rod McGuirk and Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | January 11, 2023, 12:34 a.m.

(Alessandra Tarantino | AP) Pope Francis, center, sits as the coffin of late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is carried during a funeral mass at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Benedict died at 95 on Dec. 31 in the monastery on the Vatican grounds where he had spent nearly all of his decade in retirement.

Faithful mourn Benedict XVI at funeral presided over by pope

By Nicole Winfield, Giada Zampano and Frances D'Emilio | The Associated Press | January 5, 2023, 9:27 p.m.

(John Amis | AP) Laura Lamb talks to her husband, Jerry Lamb, who has a spine condition, as they make their way through the sanctuary at Camden First United Methodist Church Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Camden, Tenn. The church recently had a couple pews cut in half so Jerry, and anyone else who uses a wheelchair, walker or other aid, can still sit with the rest of the congregation.

‘Not just the ramp.’ Worship spaces need more accessibility

By Holly Meyer | The Associated Press | December 31, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Gregorio Borgia | AP) In this 2015 photo, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends a Mass before the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican. He died Saturday at age 95.

Pope Benedict XVI, first pontiff to resign in 600 years, dies at 95

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | December 31, 2022, 11:24 a.m.

(Patrick Semansky | AP) President Joe Biden signs the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

Commentary: Opposition to Respect for Marriage Act reflects bishops’ paranoia on religious freedom

By Thomas Reese | Religion News Service | December 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Chris Pizzello | AP)  Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles in 2012.

Commentary: Bob Dylan’s new book is a Jewish masterpiece

By Jeffrey Salkin | Religion News Service | December 8, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters at a rally about BYU's changing position on “romantic behavior” by same-sex couples gather in front of the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 6, 2020.

LGBTQ people of faith — from LDS to Catholics to Jews to Muslims — find ways to belong where doctrine rejects them

By Kathryn Post | Religion News Service | December 7, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Giovanna Dell'Orto via AP) Sean Fisher, one of the student coordinators for QPLUS, the LGBTQ student organization for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, stands in the organization's dedicated lounge on the college's campus in St. Joseph, Minn., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Christian colleges see growing tensions over gender identity and sexual orientation

By Giovanna Dell'orto | The Associated Press | Yonat Shimron | Religion News Service | December 6, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

(Andrew Harnik | AP Photo) People on both sides of the debate rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The Supreme Court is hearing the case of a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, that's the latest clash of religion and gay rights to land at the highest court.

Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

By Jessica Gresko | The Associated Press | December 6, 2022, 2:42 p.m.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) A congregation of at least two-hundred attend Mass for Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Commentary: How to be one church in divisive times

By Charles C. Camosy | Religion News Service | November 29, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

Fareed Khan | AP ) Residents carry salvaged belongings as they wade through a flooded area during a heavy monsoon rain in Yar Mohammad village near Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.

Commentary: In Advent, we hope and wait. Climate change doesn’t lend itself to either.

By Thomas Reese | Religion News Service | November 29, 2022, 3:26 p.m.

(Panguitch Utah History) Pictured are the students at the boarding school for Native Americans just north of Panguitch, Utah, that ran from 1904 to about 1909.

What does healing look like to survivors of the U.S. Indian boarding school system?

By Emily McFarlan Miller | Religion News Service | November 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Brandon Thibodeaux | The New York Times) Jonathan Roumie, center, who plays Jesus on "The Chosen," during filming in Midlothian, Texas, on June 8, 2022. Roumie has also developed a role for himself outside the show as a spiritual leader.

Thanks to ‘The Chosen,’ Jesus Christ is a streaming star

By Ruth Graham | The New York Times | November 27, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Mark Lennihan | The Associated Press) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in New York. In November 2022, Dolan, chairman of the Catholic bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, dismissed a bill pending in the Senate that would protect same sex and interracial marriages in federal law, as failing even the “meager goal” of preserving the status quo in balancing religious freedom with the right to same-sex marriage.

Faith groups split over bill to protect same-sex marriage

By David Crary | The Associated Press | November 17, 2022, 12:36 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Physically distance worshippers attend Mass on Ash Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Salt Lake City in 2021. A new study questions whether faith dropped dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did faith fall off a cliff during COVID? New study says no.

By Bob Smietana | Religion News Service | November 15, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune
Audience members listen to Gov. Gary Herbert as he reads a scripture from the Bible at the Utah Capitol in 2013. Religion News Service columnist Thomas Reese asks: "If the Bible can criticize Israel for foolish wars, can we not question the wisdom of our wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan?"

Commentary: If American history read like the Bible

By Thomas Reese | Religion News Service | November 9, 2022, 1:37 a.m.

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The Babylon Bee, a satirical Christian website, has run afoul recently of fact-checkers and social media gatekeepers such as Twitter.

Elon Musk loves The Babylon Bee. Will he let the satirical Christian website back on Twitter?

By Bob Smietana | Religion News Service | November 10, 2022, 9:12 p.m.