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WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Trump began his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast by renewing his commitment to the religious conservatives who helped lift him into office.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Religious leaders and people of faith offered mixed reactions to President Trump’s Statue of the Union address Tuesday evening (Feb. 5), which was billed as a unifying message but which some say maintains a polarized status quo in Washington.

Over the past two years, the nation's refugee resettlement system has been slowly dismantled. That dismantling has led to layoffs and office closings for resettlement groups. And it has left refugees like Khadra Abdo with little hope that their families will be reunited.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — At the opening session of the three-day Presidents Conference of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities conference on Wednesday (Jan. 30), attendees heard from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Both spoke of their faith as an integral part of their work as government leaders.

State representatives, advocates and leaders of faith-based organizations gathered on the Texas Capitol steps on Jan. 22 for a human trafficking awareness and prevention bipartisan rally cosponsored by roughly a dozen groups, including the Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission.

NASHVILLE (BP) -- When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago and prohibition became law of the land on Jan. 16, 1919 , the Southern Baptist Convention called it "the greatest victory for moral reform in America since the Declaration of Independence."

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings.

The number of people in the U.S. experiencing homelessness increased for the second year in a row, according to an annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report released in mid-December 2018.

A slim majority (51 percent) of U.S. adults said religion is very important in their lives, according to a Gallup report published Dec. 24. With a plus-or-minus 4 percent sampling error, that number could be as high as 55 percent or as low as 47 percent.

Catholics and Baptists hold the most seats among Christian adherents in the 116th U.S. Congress, according to Pew Research Center data released on Jan. 3.