Catholic stance on evolution; Presbyterian gay standards

Friday’s RNS report features a story by Frank Bentayou about the pope being asked to clarify the Catholic Church’s position on evolution: Case Western Reserve University physics professor Lawrence Krauss is weighing in on a dispute between two of the world’s most visible institutions, science and the Catholic Church. The question at hand: How did […]

On Terrorism, New Pope Adopts Tougher Talk With Muslims

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In his historic 2001 visit to Syria, the late John Paul II became the first pope to visit a mosque, where he stressed the common heritage of Christianity and Islam and highlighted the prominence of the Virgin Mary in the Quran. He also noted a certain “misuse […]

COMMENTARY: Painful Memories Addressed on PBS Show

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A PBS-TV program scheduled for broadcast on Tuesday (Aug. 30) is an extraordinary study of how two families, one Orthodox Jewish and the other Polish Catholic, confront sacred memories, a shared bitter past, and most importantly, how they encounter each other 60 years after the end of the Holocaust […]

COMMENTARY: Thou Shalt Not Assassinate Foreign Leaders

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pat Robertson spoke to TV viewers Monday (Aug. 22) on his “700 Club,” publicly calling for the assassination of the three-time elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Calling Chavez a “terrific danger” in the Americas, Robertson said: “We have the ability to take him out and I think the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Christian Group’s Ads Target Senate Majority Leader on Stem Cells WASHINGTON (RNS) A conservative Christian group is launching ads in the crucial presidential proving grounds of Iowa to pressure Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to change his new position on embryonic stem cell research. The Center for Reclaiming America, part […]

Tougher new pope; religion at universities

Stacy Meichtry writes in Thursday’s RNS report that Pope Benedict XVI is tougher on Islam and terrorism than his predecessor: In his historic 2001 visit to Syria, the late Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit a mosque, where he stressed the common heritage of Christianity and Islam and highlighted the prominence […]

As Criticism Mounts, Robertson Apologizes for Assassination Comments

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Responding to a growing chorus of denunciation, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday (Aug. 24) for suggesting on his television show that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez should be assassinated. “Is it right to call for an assassination?” asked Robertson in a statement posted on his Christian Broadcasting Network Web […]

Christian Magazines and the Newsstand

Christian Magazines, Like Musicians, Try to Tap Secular Market RNS’ Adelle Banks reports on the efforts of Strang Communications and other publishers of religious magazines to increase single-copy sales through placement on general market newsstands. In the piece, Doug Trouten, executive director of the Evangelical Press Association, says that “The general market success of products […]