The Slingshot: Francis’ anniversary; Lesbian wedding; Holy taxes

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience June 28, 2017, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photo by Tony Gentile/Reuters

Need to know: Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Pope Francis at 5: Paradigm shift on mercy, migrants and marriage

Francis' first five years have been a dizzying introduction to a new kind of pope, one who prizes straight talk over theology and mercy over morals. More from Religion News Service


Pastor fired from Methodist Church for marrying lesbian couple

"The pain doled out by the United Methodist Church must stop," said Tennessee Pastor Ann Golladay, who was hired by but not ordained by the denomination. More from Huffington Post


Jerusalem tax spat pits heaven against earth

Leaders of the Holy Land's Christian churches received property tax bills from the city totaling millions of dollars, money the mayor says the city badly needs. More from Religion News Service


Pressure mounts on Trump after Putin’s recent anti-Semitic remarks

President Trump is facing rising indignation for his ongoing silence following Russian President Vladimir Putin's suggestion that Jews may have tampered with the 2016 U.S. election More from Religion News Service


‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters rattle U.K. communities

The anonymous writer said points would be awarded on the appointed day: 25 points for pulling off a woman's head scarf, 500 points for murdering a Muslim, 1,000 for bombing a mosque. (Subscription may be required.) More from New York Times