NEWS STORY: Controversy swirls around Croat candidate for sainthood

c. 1998 Religion News Service ZAGREB, Croatia _ On the eve of Pope John Paul II’s visit here, thousands of Croats pressed into the capital city’s cathedral Thursday (Oct. 1) for a service honoring one of their most revered clerics, Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, officially considered a martyr to communist persecution. The thunderous voices of a […]

NEWS STORY: Play about a gay Jesus begins previews amidst protest, plaudits

c. 1998 Religion News Service NEW YORK _”Corpus Christi,”the controversial new play featuring a gay Christ-like figure, has opened for previews under unprecedented security as it draws protests from traditionalist Catholic and other religious groups over its content and sighs of relief from New York’s arts community that the show did, indeed, go on. While […]