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Irish Abuse Probe Prompts Calls for Vatican Apology

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican is facing calls to apologize — as yet unanswered — for the large-scale child abuse by Irish Catholic priests detailed in a damning government report. The new report, issued by a commission charged with probing […]

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Critics Vow to Overturn Swiss Ban on Minarets

posted by mconsoli

PARIS (RNS) A Swiss vote to ban the construction of minarets at Muslim houses of worship sent ripples of surprise and dismay across Europe and Islamic countries Monday (Nov. 30), as opponents vowed to challenge the results. “We are really […]

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Scholar Changes View, Says Niebuhr Probably Wrote ‘Serenity Prayer’

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) After receiving new evidence, the editor of a prominent compilation of famous quotations now believes theologian Reinhold Niebuhr most likely is the author of the popular “Serenity Prayer.” “I think it’s not certain,” Fred R. Shapiro, editor of “The […]

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Scholars Debate Vatican Outreach to Anglicans

posted by aroan

The Vatican has offered Anglicans a chance to return to the Catholic church.  Simon Constable speaks with three eminent scholars about the offer to bury the hatchet after a half-millennium. Watch the video:   Video courtesy of our partners at […]

Rare, Heavy Rains Soak Pilgrims in Islam’s Hajj

posted by mconsoli

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Rare, heavy rainstorms soaked pilgrims and flooded the road into Mecca, snarling Islam’s annual hajj as millions of Muslims headed for the holy sites. The downpours add an extra hazard on top of intense concerns about […]

Christian Students Set Up Dry Tailgate Party

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Setting up on the grassy area outside their dorm, grilling burgers and passing out drinks, the young men known as “College Kids Tailgate” are like scores of other Auburn students on game day — full of good cheer, camaraderie, […]

In Off-Season, Yankees Organist Plays for Different Crowd

posted by mkress

(RNS) For six seasons, Ed Alstrom has performed regularly as organist for 50,000-plus fans at weekend games in one of the nation’s highest-profile baseball venues — Yankee Stadium. Now, he’s got a second gig where crowds usually top out at […]

Think You Don’t Know Yiddish? Oy Vey!

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Whether they call it a temple, synagogue or shul, you can tell a lot about Jews by what they call their house of worship. So says a new survey of American Jews — and non-Jews — that says one’s […]

Christian Scientists Concerned About Health Care Provisions

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Atheists are celebrating and Christian Scientists are worried now that a provision requiring private medical insurers to reimburse for “religious or spiritual health care” has not been included in the Senate’s health care reform bill. In a news release […]

Poll: Americans Pin Poverty Passage on Obama, not Bible

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) More Americans believe a statement about giving “justice to the poor and homeless” came from President Obama instead of its true source, the Bible. A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Bible Society found that 54 percent […]

Islam’s First Superheroes Taking the World by Storm

posted by mconsoli

Nov. 21–BEIRUT — Pow! Forbes names “The 99″ as one of the top 20 pop culture trends sweeping the globe. Shazzam! “The 99″ theme park opens. Kerboom! Endemol begins work on an animated television series featuring “The 99″ superhero characters. […]

Report: Religion-Based Hate Crimes Highest Since 2001

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Hate crime incidents targeting people based on their religion were at their highest frequency last year since 2001, according to a new report. The report, compiled by the Anti-Defamation League from FBI data, found 1,519 religious hate crimes […]

Kennedy Dispute Reveals Divide Among Catholics

posted by mconsoli

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A bitter dispute over abortion that prompted Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic bishop to ask Rep. Patrick Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion has revealed the depth of the divide among Catholics over how politicians should reconcile […]

Researcher: Faint Writing Seen on Shroud of Turin

posted by mconsoli

ROME – A Vatican researcher has rekindled the age-old debate over the Shroud of Turin, saying that faint writing on the linen proves it was the burial cloth of Jesus. Experts say the historian may be reading too much into […]

White House at Odds with Bishops Over Abortion

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON – The White House is on a collision course with Catholic bishops in an intractable dispute over abortion that could blow up the fragile political coalition behind President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. A top Obama administration official is […]

Hindu Temple Probe Focuses on Possible Funds Misuse

posted by mconsoli

With his Hindu temple teetering on the verge of foreclosure, the Internal Revenue Service investigating potential tax evasion and his U.S. residency status in doubt, the empire of a self-proclaimed guru in Norcross, Ga., may be crumbling around his ears. […]

Lutheran Dissidents Say New Church Body in the Works

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) In late September, Lutheran dissidents said they would hunker down for a year and study whether to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and create a new church body. Less than two months later, on Wednesday (Nov. 19) […]

Does Sexual Frustration Fuel Islamic Violence?

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Did alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan lose control, at least in part, because he was sexually frustrated? That’s one of the questions being asked in the investigation into the Nov. 5 rampage that left 13 people dead […]

As Haggard Returns, Questions Linger

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) After disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard decided to start holding prayer meetings at his Colorado home, advisers and observers, perhaps not surprisingly, reacted with disappointment. But the fact that he’s chosen to host the meetings within a few miles […]

Gay Groups Praise Report on Gay Priests and Sexual Abuse

posted by mconsoli

BALTIMORE (RNS) Gay Catholics and victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing preliminary results of a study commissioned by U.S. Catholic bishops that says gay priests are no more likely than straight clergy to sexually abuse minors. Still, some bishops […]

Atheist Group Crowns Winner of Blasphemy Contest

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Blasphemy. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. And the T-shirt reads, “Faith is no reason.” The Center for Inquiry (CFI), an international advocacy group based in Amherst, N.Y., picked that brief phrase as the winner of its first-ever […]

Americans Take Dim View of Funding Muslim Charities

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans look less favorably on mosques applying for government funding than other religious charities, a new survey shows. While 27 percent of U.S. adults polled oppose religious charities applying for government funding to provide services to the needy, […]

Report: 14.6 Million American Households at Risk of ‘Food Insecurity’

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than one in seven American households found it hard to put enough food on the table last year, according to figures released Monday (Nov. 16) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “The recession has made the problem […]

Intel Denies Reports About Closing Jerusalem Facility

posted by mconsoli

JERUSALEM (RNS) Computer chip giant Intel has denied Israeli media reports that it will close its Jerusalem facility unless ultra-Orthodox Jews ease demands that the company shutter its facility during the Jewish Sabbath. “This is not true, we are not […]

Will Flu Epidemic Slow the Hajj?

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Almost every pilgrim who makes the Hajj, Islam’s holy pilgrimage to Mecca, brings home an unwelcome souvenir: the common cold. That, however, has never deterred tour operator Emad Elseidy, who has led Hajj pilgrimage groups for about 10 years. […]

Russians Warn of Damaged Church Ties Over Woman’s Election

posted by mconsoli

MOSCOW (RNS/ENI) The election of a woman as head of Germany’s Protestant churches threatens ties with the Russian Orthodox Church, a high-ranking official of the Russian church has warned. Archbishop Hilarion, who oversees external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, […]

Catholic Bishops Mull Ways to Fight Abortion, Gay Marriage

posted by mconsoli

BALTIMORE (RNS) At a time of fractious debate within the Catholic Church in the U.S., the nation’s top bishop on Monday (Nov. 16) said Catholic universities, media outlets or organizations that insist on independence from the church hierarchy are “less […]

Newcomers Top Annual List of Influential Jews

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Reflecting a transitional period for American Jewish leadership, five newcomers top this year’s list of influential Jews published by The Forward, the country’s largest national Jewish weekly newspaper. The Jews crowning this year’s “Forward 50″ boast a range of […]

Evangelist Sentenced to 175 Years for Sex Crimes

posted by mconsoli

TEXARKANA, Ark. – Evangelist Tony Alamo used his stature as a self-proclaimed prophet to force underage girls into sham marriages with him, controlling his followers with their fears of eternal suffering. But the judge who sentenced Alamo on Friday to […]

Haggard Calls New Prayer Meeting His “Resurrection”

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Former evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who left the ministry after being caught in a sex and drug scandal, said Thursday (Nov. 12) that the start of a prayer meeting in his Colorado home is a sign of his “resurrection” […]

US Seeks to Seize 4 Mosques, Tower Linked to Iran

posted by mconsoli

NEW YORK – In what could be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, federal prosecutors sought to take over four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim organization suspected of being controlled […]

Facebook, Wikipedia Execs Brief Vatican on Web

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – Executives from Facebook, Wikipedia and Google are attending a Vatican meeting to brief officials and Catholic bishops about the Internet and digital youth culture. The symposium, which opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, also will address Internet […]

Women Face Tough Choices on Abortion Coverage

posted by mconsoli

NEW YORK – Millions of American women will face tough choices about abortion coverage if restrictions in the House health care bill become law, both sides in the abortion debate agree. Divisions over abortion are a major obstacle in President […]

Mormons and Gays Find Common Ground in Utah

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) With the passage Tuesday (Nov. 10) of nondiscrimination laws in Salt Lake City that expand gay rights, Mormon officials and gay activists have found a patch of common ground. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gay […]

San Francisco Presbytery Permits Ordination of Lesbian

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) After a lengthy battle, a San Francisco lesbian is a step closer to being ordained as a clergywoman in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Presbytery of San Francisco voted Tuesday (Nov. 10) to permit the ordination of Lisa Larges, […]

Vatican Unveils Pope’s Musical Album

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) “I have known six popes; not one of them sang or knew music as he does,” said Monsignor Pablo Colino, former choir master of St. Peter’s Basilica. Colino was one of a group of Vatican officials, musical […]

Should Muslims Serve in Non-Muslim Armies?

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Among the leads investigators are exploring to uncover what motivated Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to kill 13 fellow soldiers last Thursday (Nov. 5) is his apparent worry that serving in the U.S. Army compromised his Muslim faith. As his […]

Hebrew Bible Looted by Nazis Being Sent to Vienna

posted by nsymmonds

NEW YORK – A 16th century Hebrew Bible looted by the Nazis six decades ago was returned to Vienna’s Jewish community Monday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials turned over the two-volume Bible to two Austrian emissaries during a repatriation […]

Vatican Looks to Heavens for Signs of Alien Life

posted by nsymmonds

VATICAN CITY – E.T. phone Rome. Four hundred years after it locked up Galileo for challenging the view that the Earth was the center of the universe, the Vatican has called in experts to study the possibility of extraterrestrial alien […]

Obama: ‘No faith justifies’ Fort Hood Attack

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) In a somber ceremony recalling the 13 people gunned down in an attack at Fort Hood, President Obama said the tragedy cannot be supported by any faith. “It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to […]

Top Brass Warn Against Anti-Muslim Backlash

posted by mconsoli

The Obama administration and top military leaders are discouraging an anti-Muslim backlash in the aftermath of last week’s deadly shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and Homeland Security chief Janet […]

Abortion Could Roil Senate Health Care Debate

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON – Abortion opponents in the Senate are seeking tough restrictions in the health care overhaul bill, a move that could roil a shaky Democratic effort to pass President Barack Obama’s signature issue by year’s end. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., […]

Vatican Says No Change in Rules on Married Priests

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The Vatican released on Monday (Nov. 9) rules for Anglican converts that allows them to retain traditional forms of worship and governance, but limits the Anglican practice of a married priesthood. In an historic move last month (Oct.) the […]

Remote Indian State Readies for Dalai Lama Visit

posted by mconsoli

TAWANG, India – Buddhist monks and nuns spruced up their monasteries and hung up welcome banners Friday in anticipation of the Dalai Lama’s contentious visit to this remote Indian town near the Tibetan frontier. China has strongly protested the Dalai […]

Muslim Groups Condemn Fort Hood Violence

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Muslim groups quickly condemned the shootings by a Muslim suspect that killed 13 people Thursday (Nov. 5) at an Army base in Texas. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a psychiatrist who treated soldiers at the Fort Hood base, is […]

British Anglican Group to Convert to Catholicism

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A group of conservative Anglicans in Britain announced that they would convert to the Catholic Church under new arrangements designed to accommodate Anglicans upset with their church’s growing acceptance of homosexuality and female clergy. Representatives of the […]

German Church Helped Bring Down Berlin Wall

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) St. Nikolai Evangelical Lutheran Church hasn’t changed much since the 16th century. Bach once played the organ here and the music remains alluring, but it is the church’s more recent history in the last days of the Cold War […]

Reform Jews Revise Prayer Book for Southern Hemisphere

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Two years after its long-awaited debut in North America, Reform Judaism’s new prayer book is heading south — with some cultural differences. For Progressive Jews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa, the World Union edition of Mishkan […]

No ‘Standstill’ in Ecumenism, Says Top Vatican Official

posted by mconsoli

WITTENBERG, Germany (RNS/ENI) The Vatican official responsible for links with other churches has rejected suggestions of a “standstill” in the search for Christian unity. “There has already been a lot of movement,” said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical […]

Conservatives Cheer Elections, Defeat of Gay Marriage in Maine

posted by mconsoli

(RNS)Conservative Christians hailed the results of Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) voting, especially the defeat of gay marriage legislation in Maine. Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law, called the Maine decision, which overturned a same-sex marriage law enacted earlier […]

Missouri Will Tax Yoga

posted by mconsoli

ST. LOUIS(RNS) On Sunday (Nov. 1), Missouri began to enforce a sales tax on what many see as a spiritual pursuit — the practice of yoga. The debate between Missouri’s yoga community and the state centers on whether yoga is […]

Faith Leaders Have ‘Widest Reach’ on Environment, Says UN Head

posted by mconsoli

LONDON (RNS/ENI) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told religious leaders on Tuesday (Nov.3) that they are uniquely equipped to pressure secular leaders to combat climate change. Ban made the speech at a three-day conference on faith and the environment […]

Vatican Newspaper Denounces Swiss Theologian

posted by mconsoli

ROME (RNS/ENI) The Vatican newspaper has criticized the Swiss-born Roman Catholic theologian Hans Kung after he accused Pope Benedict XVI of an “unecumenical luring away” of discontented Anglicans. A column signed by the editor of L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, […]

Healthcare Provision Would Embrace Prayer

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON, Nov 3, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — Among provisions in the U.S. Senate version of healthcare reform is language that would require insurers to consider prayer treatments as medical expenses. The language — which would bar discrimination against “religious […]

Bartholomew visits Washington, White House

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) With his flowing black robe and long white beard, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is a living portrait of the 2,000-year-old Orthodox Christian faith. And yet, he says, he’s somewhat of a revolutionary. “By calling Christianity revolutionary, and saying it is […]

Religion Shapes Marriage Debate in N.J.

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) In the national fight over legalizing gay marriage, New Jersey is a battleground state. It’s the last state standing with a civil union law that has not explicitly prohibited or allowed gay marriage. Other states with civil union laws […]

Vatican: Pope to Meet Anglican Chief

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury next month in the leaders’ first encounter since the Catholic church moved to make it easier for disenchanted Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, a Vatican spokesman said […]

High Court Refuses To Hold Hearing On Church Sex Abuse Cases

posted by mconsoli

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport’s appeal of a state court decision to make public more than 12,000 pages of clergy sexual abuse files. “We were disappointed to learn that the […]

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