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Jessica Chastain, left, the star of "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," poses for a portrait with director Michael Showalter during the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the Royal Fairmont York in Toronto. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jessica Chastain redeems a televangelist in 'Tammy Faye'

- Associated Press

In the nearly 10 years it took for Jessica Chastain to get made a film about the Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, she studied many of the kinds of things you'd expect - the hours of television footage, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's 2000 documentary. But one of the most revelatory sources was a largely forgotten WB reality show from 2002.

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Orthodox Jewish men pass New York City police guarding a Brooklyn synagogue prior to a funeral for Mosche Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was killed in a shooting at a Jersey City, N.J. market. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019, a group of security experts recommended that Jewish congregations opting to deploy armed security personnel in the wake of deadly attacks on synagogues should — if possible -- use uniformed law enforcement officers rather than private guards or volunteers from the community. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Rising antisemitism motivates security measures at America's synagogues

- The Washington Times

After a string of antisemitic attacks in recent years, including shootings and deaths at synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Poway, California; the stabbing of a Chabad rabbi outside a Jewish school in Boston; and -- just days ago -- threats at a Minnesota synagogue that forced the cancellation of in-person weekly services, security has become a priority for the Jewish community.

Pope Francis waves to faithful holding Vatican flags as he arrives on his pope-mobile to celebrate a Byzantine rite Mass at Mestska sportova hala Square, in Presov, Slovakia, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Pope Francis is on a four-day pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Pope visit a sign of inclusion for Slovakia's excluded Roma

- Associated Press

Pope Francis traveled to the far east of Slovakia on Tuesday to meet with the country's Roma in a gesture of inclusion for the most socially excluded minority group in Slovakia, who have long suffered discrimination, marginalization and poverty.

Pope Francis and Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova, right, attend a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Francis is on a four-day visit to Central Europe, in Hungary and Slovakia, in his first big international outing since undergoing intestinal surgery in July. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis in Slovakia to honor Holocaust dead on Day 2 of tour

- Associated Press

Pope Francis opened his first full day in Slovakia on Monday by meeting with church and state leaders ahead of an encounter with the country's Jewish community to honor its Holocaust dead and atone for Catholic complicity in World War II-era racial laws and crimes.

This undated photo provided by The Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Henry Ramirez. Ramirez, a Texas death row inmate set to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2020, for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years earlier in a robbery that garnered $1.25, is asking that his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him as he dies by lethal injection. The request by Ramirez is the latest clash between death row inmates and prison officials in Texas and other states over the presence of spiritual advisers in the death chamber. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Supreme Court delays Texas man's execution over pastor's touch request

- Associated Press

A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection.

In this May 16, 2006, file photo former Washington Archbishop, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick pauses during a press conference in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick, 91, pleads not guilty in sex assault

- Associated Press

Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the once-powerful American prelate who was expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse, pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts nearly 50 years ago.

Leen Garza participates in a protest against the six-week abortion ban at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Dozens of people protested the abortion restriction law that went into effect Wednesday. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas abortion clinics turning women away after 6-week ban takes effect

- The Washington Times

Pro-choice advocates in Texas found themselves in an "unprecedented and complicated situation" Wednesday after the Supreme Court had failed to act on emergency requests to block a state law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Later that day, the high court ruled to keep the Texas law in place.

In this April 5, 2020, photo, Lodi Police Capt. Sierra Brucia, left, meets with Pastor Jon Duncan of the Cross Culture Christian Center on Palm Sunday in Lodi, Calif. The church sued Gov. Gavin Newsom arguing his stay-at-home order violated their constitutional rights. In San Joaquin County, part of California's vast Central Valley that produces most of the country's fruits and vegetables, the coronavirus is the leading cause of death this year and things will only worsen as infections skyrocket and hospitals fill beyond capacity. Like most of California, the city of Lodi is under a broad shutdown order as Christmas approaches, and its residents and businesses are grappling with how to stay safe while keeping their economy operating. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP) **FILE**

2nd 'Faith & Blue Weekend' set for October

- The Washington Times

A nationwide effort to help congregations better understand police forces will hold its second annual weekend gathering in October, organizers said Tuesday, noting the 65 million Americans who attend worship each week.

In her new book, "All In" podcast host Morgan Jones asks Christians across a variety of denominations to talk about what it means to be "all in" for Jesus Christ. (Photo courtesy of Deseret Books)

Mormon podcaster Morgan Jones goes 'All In' with new book's release

- The Washington Times

Morgan Jones knew she had a hit on her hands when downloads of "All In," the podcast she hosts for LDS Living magazine, surpassed the 8.6 million mark. After listeners told her they'd been writing down the insights of her guests, she figured, "maybe we just make it easier on them and compile them all ourselves." The resulting book, "All In," is available Friday from Deseret Books.

In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, a man walks by the offices of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on New York's Long Island. In New York on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, the window closes for filing of civil lawsuits in order to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue churches, hospitals, schools, camps, scout groups and other institutions and people they hold responsible for enabling pedophiles or turning a blind eye to wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File )

N.Y. let childhood sex abuse victims sue; 9,000 went to court

- Associated Press

For two years, New York temporarily set aside its usual time limit on civil lawsuits in order to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue churches, hospitals, schools, camps, Scout groups and other institutions and people they hold responsible for enabling pedophiles or turning a blind eye to wrongdoing.