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Is Mary the `Coredemptrix’ of Humanity?

posted by nsymmonds

Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI told a crowd in St. Peter’s Square in April that the Virgin Mary “silently followed her son Jesus to Calvary, taking part with great suffering in his sacrifice, thus cooperating […]

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Celebrity Priest’s Conversion Strains Ecumenical Ties

posted by nsymmonds

(UNDATED) In the nearly 500 years since the Church of England split with the Roman Catholic Church, a fair number of converts have crossed from one church to the other. Still, the path is fraught with stumbling blocks, as the […]

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1st Black Female Rabbi to be Ordained in US

posted by nsymmonds

CINCINNATI – A woman will be ordained as what is believed to be mainstream Judaism’s first black female rabbi next month. Alysa Stanton is to lead a predominantly white congregation of about 60 families in Greenville, North Carolina, after her […]

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Hispanic Theologian Chosen for Vatican Ambassador

posted by akornfeld

A Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian who was an adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign will be nominated to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced Wednesday. Miguel H. Diaz, 45, an associate professor of […]

Fla.’s ‘Father Oprah’ Joins Episcopal Church

posted by akornfeld

Miami – A popular Miami priest and media personality known as “Father Oprah” has left the Catholic Church and joined the Episcopal Church after he was photographed cavorting on the beach with his girlfriend. The Rev. Alberto Cutie (KOO’-tee-ay) was […]

For Muslims, A Final Act of Dignity from the Living for the Dead

posted by akornfeld

Portland, Ore. – Judy Nikukar was in her 40s and had been a Muslim for 15 years before someone invited her to help wash a body before burial. Nikukar considered whether she wanted to do it. She had seen only […]

Vatican Radio to Accept Advertising to Help Pay Bills

posted by nsymmonds

VATICAN CITY (RNS) After 78 years of broadcasting the pope’s message around the world, Vatican Radio is to break with tradition and take paid commercials for the first time. The move to mix jingles and advertising with religious programming will […]

Muslim Charity Member Gets 65 Years in US Prison

posted by nsymmonds

DALLAS – A founding member of what was once the largest Muslim charity in the United States was sentenced to 65 years in prison Wednesday for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Shukri Abu Baker, 50, […]

Southwest Families Discover Hidden Jewish Roots

posted by nsymmonds

(UNDATED) Growing up in Wyoming to Catholic and Protestant parents, Isabelle Medina-Sandoval watched the women in her family practice strange customs — washing off babies’ baptismal water and setting aside some dough when they made tortillas. “As a teenager, I […]

Christianity Today to Close Four Publications, Lay Off 31

posted by akornfeld

Publishing powerhouse Christianity Today International, citing hard times in its industry, is shutting down four publications and laying off 31 workers. According to a plan announced Friday (May 22), two magazines will fold: Today’s Christian Woman and the Campus Life […]

Dalai Lama Helps Save Fla. University

posted by akornfeld

Miami — Florida International University Tuesday accepted a gift from the Dalai Lama to save its Religious Studies Department scheduled to close due to budget cuts. The Miami Herald reported the $100,000 gift alone will not rescue the department, the […]

Vatican Raises Retirement Age to Make Ends Meet

posted by akornfeld

Vatican City – In a sign the credit crunch is sparing no one, the Vatican is set to raise its staff retirement age by two years to help make ends meet. From January 1, 2010, newly hired lay staff will […]

Church Pays Little of Ireland’s Child-Abuse Bill

posted by nsymmonds

DUBLIN – Ireland’s Roman Catholic religious orders resisted growing demands Friday for them to pay more for the abuse of thousands of children behind the closed doors of state-funded schools. The Irish government expects to dole out more than euro1.1 […]

Krumping Gives Movement to the Spirit’s Call

posted by nsymmonds

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — On a peaceful afternoon in a suburban home garage, Demetrus Leslie, 17, jerked like he was dosed with strychnine. His arms lashed menacingly, then he dropped to the floor, only to rear up smoothly. His chest popped […]

Israel Ready for Peace Talks: Netanyahu

posted by nsymmonds

TEL AVIV/RAMALLAH — Israel is ready to open peace talks with Syria immediately and without preconditions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday after talks with US President Barack Obama. The offer followed Obama’s first White House meeting with the Israeli […]

Experts Say Case of Missing Teen Reflects Larger Problem

posted by akornfeld

As authorities search for a missing 13-year-old cancer patient whose mother shunned chemotherapy, an expert on faith healing said the case demonstrates just how these cases can get out of hand — and the need to prevent them in the […]

Victims’ Group Urges Church Action After Irish Abuse Report

posted by akornfeld

U.S. victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy say the Vatican should publicly rebuke the religious order that fought to keep abusers’ names out of a damning report that details thousands of crimes against minors in Ireland. The 2,600-page report, […]

Synagogues Assessing Security After Foiled N.Y. Plot

posted by akornfeld

Synagogues in New York and throughout the country were unaware of a plot to bomb two temples in New York City until it was foiled late Wednesday (May 20). New York City police arrested four men who allegedly believed they […]

Indian Yoga Guru Krishna Pattabhi Jois Dies at 93

posted by nsymmonds

NEW DELHI – Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a yoga teacher and practitioner famous for popularizing Ashtanga yoga in the West, has died. He was 93. Jois died in the southern Indian city of Mysore on Monday, a press statement from the […]

Police Look for Mother and Son Who Fled Chemo for Religious Reasons

posted by nsymmonds

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – A courtroom clash between medicine and faith took a criminal turn, with police around the country on the lookout Wednesday for a Minnesota mother who fled with her cancer-stricken 13-year-old son rather than consent to chemotherapy. […]

Study: Mainline Clergy OK with Gay Rights, Cautious on Gay Marriage

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Mainline Protestant clergy are generally more likely than most Americans to endorse gay rights, but only one in three supports same-sex marriage, according to a new study. About one-third of mainline clergy support civil unions and one-third oppose any […]

Muslims Struggle To Erect Minarets Next To Steeples

posted by akornfeld

Montreuil, France — The dusty patch of weeds and litter may not look like much now, but the site nonetheless carries the hopes and a sense of sweet victory for Muslims in this hardscrabble Paris suburb. The short story of […]

Gallup: Only Churchgoers Remain Reliably Republican

posted by akornfeld

Washington – A new Gallup Poll shows that Republicans have lost support across every major demographic group with one exception: regular churchgoers. Since the beginning of the Bush administration in 2001, the GOP has lost self-identified Republicans across the board. […]

Pentagon Reports No Longer Quote Bible

posted by akornfeld

Washington – The Pentagon said Monday it no longer includes a Bible quote on the cover page of daily intelligence briefings it sends to the White House as was practice during the Bush administration. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he […]

Supreme Court: Lawsuit by Sept. 11 Detainee Who Said He Was Abused Because of Religion Cannot Proceed

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON – FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be sued by a former Sept. 11 detainee who claimed he was abused because of his religion and ethnicity, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court said Monday […]

Vatican to Unveil Pope’s Profile on Facebook

posted by nsymmonds

Vatican City (dpa) – In the latest bid to broaden Pope Benedict XVI’s appeal among computer savvy, younger generations, the Vatican is to post the pontiff’s profile on popular online social networking site, Facebook, officials said Monday. “The pope has […]

How Do You Spell Lust? M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

posted by nsymmonds

(UNDATED) Las Vegas may be known as “Sin City,” but when it comes to transgressions per capita, parts of the Bible Belt may burn much hotter, suggests a new study by Kansas State University geographers. The project, conducted by four […]

Pope Ends Holy Land Pilgrimage with Call for Peace

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM – Pope Benedict XVI ended his pilgrimage to the Holy Land Friday with a stirring call for peace at the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and then made an emotional appeal to Israel and the Palestinians: “No more bloodshed. No […]

N.H. Governor OKs Gay Marriage, with Religious Exemptions

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said Thursday (May 14) that he would sign legislation legalizing same-sex marriage as long as religious groups would be not be forced to “violate their deeply held religious principles.” State lawmakers said a bill […]

Judge Rules Teen Must Be Treated for Cancer Despite Religious Objections

posted by nsymmonds

MINNEAPOLIS – A 13-year-old Minnesota boy with cancer must resume medical treatment to save his life, despite religious and other objections by his family – unless it already is too late, a Brown County District Court judge ruled Friday. Daniel […]

Noted Catholic Theologian Dies at 68

posted by akornfeld

Tallahassee, Fla. – Monsignor William A. Kerr, a leading human rights figure whom serial killer Ted Bundy sought out to be his spiritual counselor on death row, died Wednesday. He was 68. Kerr was hospitalized May 3 after suffering a […]

Debate Brews Over Proposed Hebrew Charter School

posted by akornfeld

East Brunswick, N.J. – A proposed Hebrew charter school has ignited a debate over the separation of church and state. The school, which would require Hebrew classes, has divided the local Jewish community and raised arguments about whether the school […]

Pope Urges Peace Between Muslims, Christians in Nazareth

posted by akornfeld

Nazareth, Israel — Pope Benedict XVI spent the last full day of his week-long pilgrimage on Wednesday (May 14) urging reconciliation in the town where Jesus spent his youth but which is now beset by uneasy relations between Christians and […]

Priest Apologizes to Molestation Victims

posted by akornfeld

SEATTLE – Father Patrick O’Donnell said in King County Superior Court he is sorry he molested at least 30 boys while part of the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese. While testifying Monday in court, the 66-year-old priest offered an apology to the […]

Religious People Make Better Citizens, Study Says

posted by akornfeld

First, the silver lining: people of faith are better citizens and better neighbors, and America is “amazingly” religious compared to other countries, says Harvard University professor Robert Putnam. Now, the cloud: young Americans are “vastly more secular” than their older […]

Pope, in Bethlehem, Sides with Palestinian Statehood

posted by akornfeld

Bethlehem, West Bank – Standing in the city of Jesus’ birth that’s now under Palestinian control, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday (May 13) forcefully endorsed the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state. “Mr. President, the Holy See supports the right […]

Pope Visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall, Dome of the Rock

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday (May 12) prayed at the Western Wall and visited the nearby Dome of the Rock, two disputed pieces of holy ground that are sacred to both Muslims and Jews, as controversy continued to […]

Methodist Bishops Agree to Pay Cut

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Bishops in the United Methodist Church have voted themselves a pay cut after “recognizing the financial challenges facing the church.” The UMC’s 50 active U.S. bishops voted to give up their planned pay raises for next year and instead […]

Former Milwaukee Archbishop Comes Out as Gay

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) The former Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee, who resigned amid a sex scandal in 2002, reveals his struggles with homosexuality and the church in a forthcoming memoir, according to Publishers Weekly. Archbishop Rembert Weakland headed the archdiocese of Milwaukee from […]

Churches to Press Solidarity with Palestinians

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM (RNS) Churches in at least 20 countries plan to participate in the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel organized by the World Council of Churches and leaders in Jerusalem. The fourth annual week of action, scheduled for June […]

European Muslims More Loyal to Nations than General Public Thinks, Poll Says

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) While majorities of European Muslims say fellow Muslims are loyal to their country, significantly fewer members of the general public believe that, a new survey shows. More than 70 percent of Muslims in France, Germany and Britain say that […]

Pope, in Israel, Confronts Dark History of Germany

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM – Pope Benedict XVI confronted the dark history of his native Germany on the first day of his visit to Israel on Monday, shaking the hands of six Holocaust survivors and saying victims of the genocide “lost their lives […]

Leading American Catholic Bishop Slams Obama

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON — The American bishop who heads the Vatican’s supreme court slammed President Obama Friday (May 8) for pursuing an “anti-life and anti-family agenda” and called the University of Notre Dame’s plans to honor him this month “the greatest scandal.” […]

Recession Prompts Jewish Schools to Cut Costs

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Orthodox Jewish officials have come up with a plan to rescue struggling religious day schools through shared cost-cutting strategies, while devising plans for a cheaper yeshiva model. While the economic downturn has caused headaches for all private schools, given […]

Pope Lands in Jordan, Praises Peace Efforts

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised Jordan’s peace and interfaith efforts when he touched down in the Muslim country on Friday (May 8), the first day of his week-long Holy Land pilgrimage. King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife, […]

For Cizik, It’s Suddenly A Lot Easier Being Green

posted by akornfeld

Washington – Richard Cizik, who resigned in December under pressure from the National Association of Evangelicals, has long been criticized by fellow evangelicals for being a little too green. Emerging from a self-imposed media blackout, Cizik is back, and he’s […]

Church Officials Say Alberto Cutie’s Future Is Up to Him

posted by akornfeld

Caught by paparazzi in the tender embrace of a woman on a Florida beach — is this how celebrity Catholic priest Alberto Cutie’s meteoric religious and multimedia career crashes down to earth? Or does he emerge from a period of […]

National Day of Prayer Gets a Political Makeover

posted by akornfeld

Washington — Evangelical leaders gathered for the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 7) prayed for President Obama but criticized his decisions to not mark the day with a White House event or send a […]

Maine Becomes Fifth State to Allow Gay Marriage

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation on Wednesday (May 6) that makes Maine the fifth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriages, and only the second to approve the unions without the threat of a court order. Maine now joins Vermont, […]

Vatican Paper: ‘Angels & Demons’ Film is Harmless

posted by nsymmonds

VATICAN CITY – Reviewers at the Vatican’s newspaper have passed judgment on “Angels & Demons,” finding the religious thriller commercial and inaccurate, but concluding it is “harmless” entertainment and not a danger to the church. L’Osservatore Romano ran a review […]

Israel Says It Won’t Apologize for Gaza War

posted by nsymmonds

UNITED NATIONS – Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday called a U.N. investigation accusing Israel of recklessness during the war in Gaza “outrageous” and said the Jewish state will not apologize for defending its citizens against Hamas missile attacks. He […]

Vatican’s P.R. strategy against `Angels and Demons’ is to not have one

posted by akornfeld

Los Angeles — Controversy, if nothing else, sells newspapers and movie tickets. It worked with Ron Howard’s first film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel, 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code,” and Hollywood is hoping it will work again for their […]

Southern Baptists’ Top Ethicist Calls Waterboarding ‘Torture’

posted by akornfeld

Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, a leading Christian conservative who helped advance the Bush administration’s agenda on a range of social issues, said Monday (May 4) that the formerly sanctioned practice of waterboarding of suspected terrorists is torture and “violates […]

New Accusations Surface Against U.S. Military Proselytizing

posted by akornfeld

A watchdog group that monitors inappropriate proselytizing in the military has renewed calls for a Pentagon probe after a recent Al Jazeera English news segment showed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan preparing to distribute Bibles printed in the Pashto and Dari […]

Bill to Allow Jesus License Plates in Fla. Dies

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Moves to create two Florida license plates with images of a crucified Jesus on one, and a stained glass window and cross on another, have died in the Florida legislature. Both plates had come under blistering criticism from Americans […]

Obama Plans Proclamation, Not Event, for National Day of Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration says it will issue a proclamation marking the National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 7), but appears to be moving away from the White House ceremonies hosted by former President George W. Bush. “President […]

Vatican Plays Down Differences Before Israel Trip

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM – The Vatican’s representative to the Holy Land on Monday played down the controversies that could mar next week’s visit by Pope Benedict XVI: the conduct of a wartime predecessor and the church’s perceived lenience toward a Holocaust-denying priest. […]

FDR Pushed to Get Jews to Safety in 1930s

posted by nsymmonds

Newly uncovered documents reveal that President Franklin D. Roosevelt worked quietly in the late 1930s to find havens for European Jews, contradicting the view that he ignored their plight in the years leading up to the Holocaust. Roosevelt was “a […]

Pope to Confront Myriad Challenges in Holy Land Trip

posted by nsymmonds

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI departs next Friday (May 8) for what promises to be one of the most eventful and memorable events in his reign: a week-long visit to the Holy Land, with stops in Jordan, Israel and […]

Poll Shows ‘Nuanced’ Views on Homosexuality

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) A large survey on American attitudes toward homosexuality reveals a “nuanced and at times inconsistent” view on gay rights, with Americans saying states should not be forced to recognize same-sex unions, but also saying gay couples should have access […]

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