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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

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

Pastor Ed Litton, of Saraland, Ala., answers questions after being elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ** FILE **

Southern Baptist leader Ed Litton faces more questions on plagiarism allegations

Southern Baptist Church pastor Ed Litton, elected June 15 as president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, is expected to be in the hot seat Friday over questions of alleged sermon plagiarizing and exactly which of the veteran preacher's messages are still available online. Published July 1, 2021

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden speak with a priest as they depart after Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Biden’s parish in D.C. won’t restrict Communion

A D.C. Catholic church frequently attended by President Biden won't deny the chief executive -- or anyone else -- the sacrament of Holy Communion based on political opinions, according to a statement released Tuesday. Published June 29, 2021

The Rev. Tim Tutt, flanked by clergy and representatives of the eight D.C. area churches.
Photo by Samantha Steinfeld, courtesy of the United Church of Christ.

D.C. area church members help cancel $9 million in medical debts

Members of eight United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations in and around the District of Columbia have enough money to cancel $9 million in medical debt for people in four states. More than 7,800 families in Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and New Jersey will benefit from the fundraising drive, church officials said Tuesday. Published June 29, 2021

In this March 26, 2021, photo, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the West Side Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) **FILE**

Pompeo to Christian broadcasters: Pray for me to be ‘in the right place’

Five months after leaving office, former Secretary of State -- and potential 2024 GOP presidential hopeful -- Mike Pompeo Thursday asked hundreds of Christian broadcasters to pray that he is in "the right place for me to be able to listen to the Lord, to surrender myself to the Lord, so that I can listen well." Published June 24, 2021