NEWS STORY: New Pope Meets the Press, Thanks Journalists for Papal Coverage

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ On the eve of his installation Mass, Pope Benedict XVI thanked journalists, photographers and television crews in four languages Saturday (April 23) “for all you have done” for society and the Roman Catholic Church. The 18-minute audience with the Vatican press corps came one day after the […]

Read more | Comments Off on NEWS STORY: New Pope Meets the Press, Thanks Journalists for Papal Coverage

BOOK REVIEW: Book Reveals John Paul as Basic Guy

c. 2005 Religion News Service (Raymond A. Schroth, a Jesuit priest who teaches at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., wrote this review for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.) (UNDATED) Since his funeral on April 8, three interpretations have emerged of Pope John Paul II and his career. In the first he is John […]

Read more | Comments Off on BOOK REVIEW: Book Reveals John Paul as Basic Guy

NEWS STORY: Christian Artists to Join Muslim Artists in Morocco

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Contemporary Christian artists and Moroccan musicians are making plans to share the stage at a three-day festival in Marrakech in May, with the goal of building bridges between evangelicals and Muslims. “The Friendship Fest,” scheduled for May 6-8, is the result of meetings last year between evangelical Christian and […]

Read more | Comments Off on NEWS STORY: Christian Artists to Join Muslim Artists in Morocco

NEWS STORY: New Pope Signals that Interfaith Dialogue Will be a Top Priority

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ At a meeting that underlined the high priority he intends to give to dialogue with other faiths, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (April 25) invited non-Catholics to join an effort to build world peace through “understanding, respect and love.” Addressing representatives of more than 30 other religions […]

Read more | Comments Off on NEWS STORY: New Pope Signals that Interfaith Dialogue Will be a Top Priority

COMMENTARY: Pope Benedict XVI: The Right Man at the Right Time for the Right Job

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Some people think that the church should not be the salt of the Earth but that it should be sugar.” These words, recently pronounced by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, may describe well the disappointment of some people at the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as successor of […]

Read more | Comments Off on COMMENTARY: Pope Benedict XVI: The Right Man at the Right Time for the Right Job

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Methodists Name Panel to Probe Abuse Allegations at Congo Hostel (RNS) A three-member panel has been appointed by the United Methodist Church to probe decades-old allegations of child abuse at a hostel for missionary children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, church officials said. Retired Mississippi Bishop Marshall Meadors […]

Read more | Comments Off on RNS Daily Digest

NEWS STORY: `Justice Sunday’ Raises the Ire of Both the Left and Right

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, president of Chicago Theological Seminary, tuned in to the much-publicized “Justice Sunday” national broadcast on Sunday (April 24) night and found herself “shocked” by the efforts of evangelical leaders to rally support for President Bush’s judicial nominees. “I think this is a major […]

Read more | Comments Off on NEWS STORY: `Justice Sunday’ Raises the Ire of Both the Left and Right

NEWS STORY: Pope Thanks Cardinals, Vows `Simplicity and Willingness’

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Putting formality aside, Pope Benedict XVI gave warm thanks on Friday (April 22) to the cardinals who elected him pope, and vowed to conduct his papacy “with simplicity and willingness.” As Benedict prepares to be formally installed as the 265th pope on Sunday, Jewish leaders welcomed an […]

Read more | Comments Off on NEWS STORY: Pope Thanks Cardinals, Vows `Simplicity and Willingness’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Like Benedict XV, Pope Benedict XVI Must Address Catholic Infighting

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ “Nomen et Omen,” the Romans of an earlier day used to say. In other words, one’s name signals one’s destiny. American Catholics who were hoping for a unifier and reformer as the next pontiff may be able to find some solace in this old Latin proverb. By […]

Read more | Comments Off on NEWS ANALYSIS: Like Benedict XV, Pope Benedict XVI Must Address Catholic Infighting

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Conservatives Vow Not to `Follow’ Episcopal Church (RNS) Conservative Episcopalians have drafted nine-point “covenants” for bishops, priests and parishioners to promise “I will not follow” if the Episcopal Church strays from the wider Anglican Communion. The three “Windsor Action Covenants” were drafted by the Atlanta-based American Anglican Council and approved […]

Read more | Comments Off on RNS Daily Digest