Articles for Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman's Religion Editor
  • Pope Francis offers forgiveness, hope for 'sin of abortion'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    In a letter published Tuesday, Pope Francis said he was allowing all priests to grant absolution for the “sin of abortion” if a woman repents with a “contrite heart” during the Holy Year of Mercy he has proclaimed, which runs Dec. 8 until Nov. 20, 2016.

  • Oklahoma City's family's veil connects generations of brides

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City family's delicate family heirloom has been worn at 20 weddings since 1902.

  • Q&A with "War Room" star Priscilla Shirer

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Priscilla Shirer is best known as an author, speaker, ministry leader and founder of Go Beyond Ministries. She's a wife (to husband Jerry) and mom (to four boys) and some people might know her as the daughter of well known evangelist the Rev. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible...

  • Q&A with "War Room" producer Stephen Kendrick

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Stephen Kendrick, producer of the new movie "War Room" had much to say during a recent telephone interview.  Those Oklahomans who have been following the film-making career of Kendrick and his brother Alex, might be interested to know that he will be speaking at Oklahoma Baptist...

  • Oklahoma City ministry changes lives one bicycle at a time

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Larry Batten, coordinator of Chain Reaction Ministries at First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, said the outreach is having a hard time keeping up with the demand for repaired bicycles.

  • Prayer power: Faith-themed film 'War Room' focuses on prayer as a powerful weapon

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    "War Room" chronicles the story of Elizabeth and Tony Jordan, a fictional couple who seemingly have a wonderful life with their daughter Danielle. The couple experience a crisis that brings the film's plot to a head — and sends Elizabeth to the "war room."

  • Popular Esther Women series in Oklahoma City begins new season Wednesday

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Esther Women is a nondenominational Christian program in Oklahoma City, tailored for women of faith and led by former Miss America and TV news anchor Jane Jayroe.

  • Michael W. Smith talks Oklahoma City, hymns and God's sovereignty

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith discussed his visits to Oklahoma City and his music in a brief interview before taking the stage recently at the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Interfaith Alliance says Ten Commandments monument should be removed from Oklahoma Capitol grounds

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and several other groups have asked Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the state Capitol.



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Carla Hinton


Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter

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