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(RNS) — On March 5, Fat Tuesday, Paul Begala, a consultant for CNN and veteran D.C. insider who has spoken publicly about his Catholic faith, made a public act of contrition. He wasn’t the first to admit his Twitter sins.

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors and leaders have initiated a Texas bill to allow nonprofits including churches to disclose credible but unproven sexual abuse allegations with no fear of civil liability.

Funding for K-12 schools in the U.S. has increased in recent years, but in 24 states, it remains below levels before the “Great Recession,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ (CBPP) report published March 6.

(RNS) — When First Congregational Church of Bellingham built a new sanctuary in the mid-2000s, it wanted to be sure the facility would be used all week long and not just on Sunday.

ROCKFORD, Ala. (BP) -- A familiar face is temporarily missing at Rockford Baptist Church, but if she has her way, 9-year-old Avery Brekle will be back soon -- just as soon as she recovers from her recent kidney transplant.

ROACH, Missouri — Windermere Baptist Conference Center announced the hiring of Tim Huddleston as president and CEO on Feb. 15, following a unanimous vote by its board. He began his post at Windermere on March 1.

As the Southern Baptist Convention grapples with how to address sex abuse allegations, three other Baptist networks that split from it over the years have already taken steps to educate and assist their congregations should they face similar situations.

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many churches are not seeing new faces in the pews, according to a new study from Exponential conducted by LifeWay Research.Six in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance, according to data released March 6. More than half saw fewer than 10 people become new Christians in the past 12 months.

Only 35 percent of the world’s children have social safety net protections available to them, according to a joint report published Feb. 6 by the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) -- As a tornado ripped through Baptist deacon Barry Gullatte's home in eastern Alabama, he and his family could feel themselves being sucked out of the bathroom where they took shelter.