Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Benedict & Fidel; Kagan & Christian Science; Tebow & the Times

Not a whole lot of religion at Day One of the Supreme Court's health care oral arguments.

But Associate Justice Kagan alluded to religion when she noted that the plaintiffs do not represent a group of people, such as Christian Scientists, who would refuse on principle to enter the health insurance market. Nearly everyone else, Kagan said, will use health care at some point. If the individual mandate stands, you might see this scenario come before the courts. 

Pope Benedict XVI concludes his visit to Cuba today with a public mass in Havana and a meeting with Fidel Castro. Yesterday, Benedict reportedly asked Cuban President Raul Castro to make Good Friday a national holiday. When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, Fidel Castro reinstated Christmas as a national holiday, Reuters reports.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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