The Slingshot: Pope pained; Pastor prohibited; Pushing pilgrimage

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In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, for his weekly general audience Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Need to know: Thursday, November 2, 2017

All Saints' Day

Pope pained by attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, New York

Pope Francis said during an Angelus prayer on All Saints’ Day that he was praying for all those who were killed and injured in extremist attacks, and for their family members. More from Religion News Service

‘ARMY OF JESUS’

Russian trolls didn’t need millions to sow chaos. They had Jesus.

Many of the memes and images spread by a Facebook account operated from a Kremlin-linked troll farm are what you might find in a normal, online religious community. More from www.thedailybeast.com

BANNED IN LYNCHBURG

Evangelical pastor says he was removed from Liberty University campus

Jonathan Martin, an evangelical pastor and author who recently spoke against university President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s support for the Trump administration, says he was removed and threatened with arrest if he returned. More from Religion News Service

HELPING HANDS

‘I’ll Push You’: Friends, one in a wheelchair, document their Spanish pilgrimage

When Justin Skeesuck felt called to make the popular Christian pilgrimage the Camino de Santiago, his lifelong friend Patrick Gray’s response was immediate: “I’ll push you.” More from Religion News Service

MEDIA MUTTERS

‘Excellent comment’: Archbishop of Canterbury praises article accusing BBC of sneering attitude to religion

The article accused BBC Radio 4 presenters of treating religion with “sniggering contempt,” after one of them argued that a daily slot reserved for a spiritual “Thought for the Day” was “deeply, deeply boring.” More from The Telegraph

NO CAULDRON

This Life: For this witch, Wicca is about personal responsibility and growth

A Washington Post series about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people looks at David Salisbury, a Wiccan witch, who says his adopted religion taught HIM that he was responsible for creating his own reality. (Subscription may be required) More from www.washingtonpost.com