RNS Morning Report: Vladivostok Jesus Statue; Social Media Engagement; Malaysian Women’s March

An artistic rendering of the statue of Christ planned for Vladivostok in eastern Russia. Image courtesy of Vyatsky Center

Need to know: Thursday, March 14, 2019

'Protector of Our Russia'

Mammoth statue of Jesus planned for Russian site once set aside for Lenin

The statue, which has not yet been approved by the Russian Orthodox Church, is to be 125 feet high – the same height as the Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro. More from Religion News Service

Mindful Engagement

Pundits repent of Twitter sins, apply faith to social media

Political insiders and other pundits who are public about their beliefs are taking steps to tweet, post and blog according to the tenets of their faith. More from Religion News Service

Global Solidarity

Malaysia women’s march meets disapproval from religious, political authorities

Several hundred people marched in Malaysia's capital to mark International Women's Day in an event organized by activist groups and local NGOs and criticized by politicians and religious groups for its inclusion of LGBT activists. More from Religion News Service

Religious Self-Flagellation

Mystery infections traced to blood-shedding religious ritual

Researchers said Wednesday that they were initially puzzled how 10 British men had become infected with a little-known virus, because the men hadn’t taken risks usually associated with the infection. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

From Theranos to 23andMe, putting our faith in data to figure out who we are

We're not just sequencing our DNA, we're discovering our new social identities and, just possibly, overcoming death, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Searching for Guidelines

The Catholic Church is still silent on gender identity issues

Some transgender Catholics say they feel they are in doctrinal limbo since, although there is extensive teaching on sexuality that applies to lesbian and gay Catholics, there is no universal church teaching on transgender identity. More from Vox



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