Friday Five: End Times for GetReligion, WSJ tackles God on front pages, 'modesty ponchos' and more

We've reached the End Times.

OK, let me rephrase that: What I mean is that GetReligion has a cool new Twitter feature called the End Times.

What is the End Times? It's a daily thread put together by social media guru Peter Freeby that highlights both GetReligion posts and top religion stories from Twitter curated by Nuzzel.

Why is it called the End Times? Because it's "The end of the day's religion news." If you follow us on Twitter, be sure to check it out. If you don't follow us on Twitter, by all means, correct that now.

Now, let's dive into the Friday Five:

1. Religion story of the week: The San Antonio Express-News dispatched reporter Silvia Foster-Frau to Washington, D.C. to cover Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting survivors at the National Day of Prayer.

Once again, the front-page coverage Foster-Frau produced is a must-read winner — mixing relevant facts and context with authentic emotion.

2. Most popular GetReligion post: Editor Terry Mattingly got more than a few "Amens" with this post.

His post, headlined "Can I get an 'Amen'? For the press, that was the White House correspondents' dinner from hell," was our most-clicked item of the week.

And it wasn't even close. Obviously, tmatt struck a chord with readers with this one. If you haven't already, check it out.

3. Guilt folder fodder (and more): Katherine Burgess of the Wichita Eagle reminded me why she's one of my favorite young religion writers.

Burgess had not one but two enterprising Godbeat stories that caught my attention this week, including "Pastors encouraged to avoid burnout, reconnect with God by hunting, fishing" and "Can you be good without God? Boy Scouts face the question."

4. Shameless plug: Lately, Religion News Service has been making news as much as reporting it (click here, here, here and here if you somehow missed it).

Our own Julia Duin used the RNS turmoil as a peg for this week's Houses of Worship column in the Wall Street Journal.

Duin's piece titled "It's Hard to Find God on the Front Page" is a thought-provoking read indeed.

5. Final thought: "Modesty ponchos" for Catholic school girls with skimpy prom dresses?

Yes, that was a viral news story this week.

In related news, don't ever try to tell me the religion beat is boring.

Happy Friday, everybody! Enjoy the weekend!

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