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Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is the Faith & Family reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

Pope Francis is greeted by hospital staff as he sits in a wheelchair inside the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, Sunday, July 11, 2021, where he was hospitalized for intestine surgery. (Vatican Media via AP)

Fellow Jesuit says it’s time for a countdown clock on Pope Francis

The ongoing hospitalization of Pope Francis, the 84-year-old leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, may be "the moment that marked the beginning of the end of his papacy," a Jesuit colleague said in a published opinion column. Writing for Religion News Service, the Rev. Thomas J. Reese said that "even with the best prognosis, age is catching up to Francis. Barring a miracle, he will only be expected to continue as pope for five or six years." Published July 13, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives for a reception to celebrate the 75th wedding anniversary of former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Plains, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool) **FILE**

Pelosi, Pompeo top slate of speakers at religious freedom summit

Hundreds of religious freedom advocates converge on the District Tuesday for a three-day International Religious Freedom Summit aimed at cultivating a culture of liberty, said co-Chair Sam Brownback, a former Kansas governor and ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. Published July 12, 2021

In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. A Justice Dept. inspector general report released July 7, 2021, finds that there are only 236 chaplains to serve more than 160,000 federal prison inmates and that two-thirds of U.S. Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities are not meeting staffing minimums, forcing some prisons to turn to “alternatives that pose enhanced risks.” (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)  **FILE**

Terrorists leading prison worship services: DOJ audit

Inmates "with a known nexus to international or domestic terrorism" are leading worship services in some federal prisons because of a shortage of approved chaplains, according to a Department of Justice inspector general report released Wednesday. Published July 7, 2021