Pope Francis and Netanyahu, Magic Johnson's Son, and More: This Week in Religion

In case you missed it, here's your weekly update on this week in religion: the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital, claiming that the hospital's religious beliefs prevented it from giving the best care possible to a woman who later suffered a miscarriage. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Pope Francis a book on Jewish/Catholic relations during the Inquisition, and Pope Francis launched a committee that would examine child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. Magic Johnson talked about supporting his openly gay son, EJ, as a Christian, while Rick Warren opened up about his son's suicide. A Fox News column critical of the pope lost a Catholic News Service writer his job, and Turkish leaders want to turn the Hagia Sophia back into a functioning mosque as part of a long list of efforts to reclaim a religious Muslim identity.


Here are some longer pieces you shouldn't miss from the last week.

She was a young girl who kissed Elvis, but she chose to take her vows and become a nun. Mother Dolores Hart was born Dolores Hicks and starred in Loving You alongside Elvis Presley. The movie launched a successful film career before Hart realized her true vocation.

In the American Prospect, Kathryn Joyce looked at the Christian homeschooling movement and those who broke free. Because homeschooling operates outside the view of many government agencies, Joyce found that many of the children brought up in such environment suffered abuse at the hands of their parents. Together, they launched organizations to help them share their stories.

In Jerusalem, some Jewish activists are trying to win the right to pray on the Temple Mount. Though they had traditionally been seen as a fringe movement, a recent Washington Post article looks at how the growth of Israel's far-right makes them a likelier cause. The Temple Mount is a holy site for Muslims and Jews alike, but Muslims have called it their own in Jerusalem. Jews pray at the Western Wall of where their Temple once stood, but are forbidden to pray atop the Mount itself, although visitors of all faiths are welcome.

Finally, check out the video of young Muslims that took the internet by storm: