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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Meredith Somers

Pope Francis

Higher Ground: Put a ring on it

Proving once again that this isn't your grandpa's pontiff, Pope Francis told reporters that "the door is always open" to discussion of Catholic priests being allowed to forgo their vow of celibacy. Published May 29, 2014

Rep. John Fleming, Louisana Republican, said there is much more work to be done to reach a point where expressions of faith are welcome across the various branches of service. Mr. Fleming spent 6 years in the Navy. (associated press)

Groups push military for more religious liberty

U.S. troops are fighting to defend the First Amendment but are not being allowed to fully exercise it, a member of the House Committee on Armed Services said Wednesday. Published May 28, 2014

Abraham Foxman

Higher Ground: Sudan execution

A Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to give up her Christian faith. The Associated Press reported that Meriam Ibrahim, 26, a Muslim-by-birth, was convicted of apostasy by a court in Khartoum on Sunday and given four days to renounce her faith before the sentence would be passed. Published May 15, 2014

One of 52 panel anchors installed to secure the Pyramidion panels inside of the Washington Monument.

Washington Monument to reopen after nearly three years

More than 2 years since the Washington Monument was damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, the popular tourist site is reopening to the public Monday — stronger than ever after $15 million worth of repairs. Published May 11, 2014


Higher Ground: The great divorce

The openly gay bishop whose ordination was the catalyst for division among the Episcopal Church announced he is getting a divorce. Gene Robinson, said in a column published by the Daily Beast that he and husband Mark Andrew were parting ways after five years of marriage. Published May 8, 2014