Donald Trump Beats Out Pope Francis as Top ‘Religion Newsmaker of the Year’


In its annual poll, the Religion News Association (RNA) has selected President Donald Trump as top religion newsmaker of the year, edging out other contenders such as Pope Francis, Martin Luther, and Cardinal Blase Cupich.

RNA, an international association for journalists who cover religion in the news media, has held its annual poll for decades, voting on top religion story of the year as well as top religion newsmaker.

Leading the list of RNA’s top 10 religion stories for the year was a news item that also featured the U.S. President: “Conservative evangelicals gain strong representation in the Trump administration, notably with Vice President Mike Pence, and on the president’s informal religious advisory body. Trump maintains strong grassroots support among white evangelicals, polls show.”

The association said that Donald Trump was chosen as the Religion Newsmaker of the Year after “his inauguration triggered upheaval across a number of religious fronts, among them the role of evangelical support of his administration.” – READ MORE

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