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Some evangelicals reaching out to the other side

By STEVE RABEY © 2016 Religion News Service DENVER — In the early 1990s, the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family raised the ire of LGBT groups by backing Colorado’s Amendment 2, a measure — ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court — that would have...

Is the pope Catholic?

By DAVID GIBSON © 2016 Religion News Service NEW YORK — That’s always been the jokey answer to a dumb question, but it’s now a serious issue for Catholic intellectuals who have been criticizing, and defending, the Catholic bona fides of Pope Francis, especially since...

White House sees ‘moral obligation’ to halt payday loans

By ADELLE M. BANKS © 2016 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — White House officials have joined faith leaders in endorsing an end to payday lending abuses that often charge triple-digit interest rates. Valerie Jarrett, Cecilia Munoz and Jeff Zients, all top aides to...

Highly religious people say they’re happier, too, survey finds

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN © 2016 Religion News Service Look around. Three in 10 people you see claim they are pretty satisfied with life, happy, healthy and moral, too. They’re the “highly religious,” 30 percent of U.S. adults who say they pray daily and attend church at...

Pope Francis names new Vatican ambassador to US

By DAVID GIBSON © 2016 Religion News Service Pope Francis has named the Vatican’s envoy to Mexico as his new ambassador to the U.S., replacing the Vatican diplomat who sparked controversy last September by setting up a secret meeting between the pontiff and Kim Davis,...