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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 mkellner@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

The Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in suburban Maryland will be rededicated on June 19, 2022. The temple had been closed for repairs and then for the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Jeffrey Borgholthaus/courtesy of the LDS Church)

For outsiders, a rare, brief peek inside Mormons’ iconic D.C. temple

The Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in suburban Maryland has been shut for three years, first for renovations and then by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday morning, that all changed. Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got the long-awaited news that their temple will be rededicated on June 19, 2022. Published July 20, 2021

Coroners in California confirmed the identities of an Arlington, Virginia, couple who died on the morning of July 16 while visiting family in Napa Valley when the single-engine plane piloted by the wife’s father crashed in a vineyard. Photo: Napa Valley Sheriff

Arlington veterinarian, husband perish in Napa Valley plane crash

Coroners in California confirmed late Monday the identities of an Arlington, Virginia, couple who died on the morning of July 16 while visiting family in Napa Valley when the single-engine plane piloted by the wife's father crashed in a vineyard. Published July 19, 2021

Fans gather to leave a postponed baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Washington. The game was postponed until Saturday, June 12th. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Two Orthodox Jewish pitching prospects juggle baseball, religion

It's a decision that hasn't come up a lot, if at all, over the last almost century-and-a-half of Major League Baseball. Two young pitchers, just drafted by the MLB and ready to start their careers, face a choice when it comes to playing on the seventh day of the week: The Sabbath? Or sliders? Published July 19, 2021

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