Associated Press: Pope Francis joined tens of thousands of faithful in bidding farewell to Benedict XVI at a rare requiem Mass Thursday for a dead pope presided over by a living one, ending an unprecedented decade for the Catholic Church that was triggered by the German theologian’s decision to retire.
The New Yorker: Benedict XVI’s most powerful influence on the Catholic Church came before he was Pope*
The New York Times: Christianity is embedded in N.F.L. culture in a way that goes beyond most sports; “Lord, I need you, please be by my side.”
Religion & Politics: Christian nationalism, which seeks to fuse religious and national identities to preserve the power of a narrowly defined Christianity within American society, didn’t merely break into the Capitol on Jan. 6; it had already been invited in as part of the official business of Congress.
The Los Angeles Times: As publisher of the 59-year-old National Catholic Reporter, where liberal voices have long held sway, Ferullo will have a front seat to the unfolding historic drama that could affect the church for years to come.
The Conversation: Can fitness really be a religion? Given the difficulty of defining religion, it’s an almost impossible question to answer.