Religion News Service: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America declared itself a "sanctuary church body," signaling its support for immigrants, during the ELCA Churchwide Assembly this week at Milwaukee's Wisconsin Center.
Politico: An Iraqi national who spent most of his life in the U.S. died after being deported to Iraq, apparently because he was unable to obtain insulin. The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, was a Chaldean Christian, an eastern branch of the Roman Catholic church who are at high risk of being tortured or killed by the terror group ISIS in Iraq.
Catholic Herald: Iraq's Christians 'close to extinction'
WFMZ: A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that the inclusion of a Latin cross on a Pennsylvania county seal does not violate the First Amendment. County officials argued the cross signified the area's German founders, who sought religious freedom.
Pacific Standard: Writer Lyz Lenz talks about her new book, "God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America," which examines the impact of church closures as well as the larger ways that evangelical faith has shaped the culture and mentality of America's heartland.
Orbiter: Chimps have intelligence, sociality, dexterity and communication skills. So what distinguishes humans from chimps? Religion, for one thing.