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Fun Friday: Stephen Colbert’s Catholic Bender, After Falling Off Lent Wagon

posted by Nicole Neroulias

A royal wedding seems too solemn to qualify for a “Fun Friday,” plus I only caught a brief glimpse of the recap this morning (stymied by the West Coast time zone and shared hotel room with toddler). For what it’s […]

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Dueling Blessings: Royal Wedding vs. Pope John Paul’s Beatification

posted by Nicole Neroulias

There’s been some griping among Catholics and anti-monarchy types about the April 29 British wedding of Prince William to Catherine “Kate” Middleton stealing the thunder of Pope John Paul II’s beatification on May 1.  It’s like Princess Diana vs. Mother Teresa, […]

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Where in the World Did Obamas, Minority Christians & Others Celebrate Easter?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Sorry for the posting delay, but my big fat Greek Easter has a way of slowing productivity. (Insert joke about Greece’s economy here.)  According to GetReligion, I haven’t missed too much faith-related news, though, despite the Jewish and Christian holidays, […]

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Holy Wednesday News Cycle: Oil Spill Anniversary, Lady Gaga + Judas, Reefer Madness & More

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Holy Wednesday, indeed: there’s so much random faith-related news on this hump day, the only way I can do it justice it to give you a top 5 list: Day of remembrance: 1 year after Gulf oil disaster (AP) Charter […]

Is the Vatican Rushing Pope John Paul’s Sainthood?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or anti-Catholic to notice that the Vatican is fast-tracking Pope John Paul II for sainthood. With his beatification ceremony set for May 1, the process is racing along even faster than the […]

Passover Starts Tonight: Faith News Roundup

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Passover begins tonight, and Jews are vigorously debating — what else is new? — the proper way to observe this major holiday, with controversies ranging from the dietary (whether gin, ciabatta and quinoa are kosher-for-Passover) to the literal (how to make the […]

Fun ‘Friday': Looking Forward To The Easter Weekend

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I was going to save these fun Easter-related links for Good Friday, but I’m sure there will be plenty more entertaining religion news by then. Happy Palm Sunday! Check out the Community Christian Church’s take on that infamously awful “Friday” pop song, riffing on […]

Fun Friday: Who Needs Soap Operas When We Have Pink Toenail Drama?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

As another possible sign of the (May 21?) apocalypse, we now have Soapocalypse: ABC has canceled longtime soap operas “All My Children” (home of Susan Lucci, with notable alums including Kelly Ripa and Christian Slater) and “One Life to Live.”  […]

In God, Both Sides Trusted: Civil War’s 150th Anniversary

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the start of  the American Civil War.  (Do they still teach it as the War Between the States or the War of Northern Aggression in southern schools?  Sigh.)  While this 19th century bloodshed wasn’t directly […]

France’s Burqa Ban Begins, With Full Coverage (As It Were)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Today marked the beginning of France’s controversial ban on the burqa — not to be confused with the niqab, hijab or chador, as I’ve previously noted here (and CNN reminds us), but rather the clothing that completely hides a Muslim woman’s […]

Fun Friday: Afterlife Runs Short of iPad 2, But Hey, A Gay Caveman!

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Perhaps a bit morbid for a Fun Friday, but I still got a kick out of this story — partly because I’m still debating whether to buy this gadget now, or wait for the inevitable upgrade: iPad 2 sold out in […]

Anglicans, Catholics Pray for Wedded Bliss for William & Kate

posted by Nicole Neroulias

As the April 29 royal wedding rapidly approaches, is it creepy or sweet to pray for Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton to stay faithful to each other? Well, it can’t hurt, right? (Especially not with some people actually betting on […]

What Would Martin Luther King’s Dream Be Today?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Yesterday marked the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Not to be confused with MLK Day in mid-January, which marks the civil rights leader’s birthday.) As PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reported on the 40th […]

Irony Alert: Should Christians Apologize for Terry Jones, Westboro Baptists, Abortion Clinic Bombers, Etc.?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Here’s some food for thought: Should all Christians, or at least evangelical Protestants, apologize on behalf of the actions taken by Florida’s reportedly unrepetant, enthusiastically Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones – which prompted violent protests in Afghanistan over the weekend — or […]

Fun Friday: Jew News Jokes, Stephen Colbert’s Lenten Quest, F-Word Pastor & More

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Since this Fun Friday also falls on April Fool’s Day, here’s a little something for everyone: Jews: From the JTA Archive: April Fool’s Day lessons for Jewish Pranksters Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Jains, Quakers, Shakers: Stephen Colbert Talks Religion With Stephen […]

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Alaska Airlines: High Payers No Longer Offered Sky Prayers
Alaska Airlines, now the country's seventh-largest airline, has announced it will stop offering prayer cards with its in-flight meals. (It's just raining religion news in the great unchurched Pacific Northwest lately.) I've flown Alaska ...

posted 11:07:56am Jan. 26, 2012 | read full post »

Washington's Gay Marriage Debate: Clergy vs. Clergy
I reported for Reuters at the Washington state Capitol yesterday, covering the public hearings on a gay marriage bill -- and in between, the breaking news that the state Senate now has enough votes to pass the bill. (The House already had ...

posted 11:24:39am Jan. 24, 2012 | read full post »

What Israel's Domestic Policy & Santorum Supporters Have in Common
Hope everyone had an introspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, whether observed as a faith-related holiday, a nice break from the work week or something else entirely. Check out this story from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly about how ...

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