Benedict Transforms Papal Roadshow Into a Courteous Tip-toe

c. 2006 Religion News Service LAGIEWNIKI, Poland ÆÂ? The very sight of the snowy-haired pontiff sent dozens of teenaged school girls into a mild frenzy. “Benedict, we love you!” they shouted from the upper pews, hoping to illicit a glance from Pope Benedict XVI as he entered their church. Their cries for eye contact went […]

Pope Pays Emotional Visit to Auschwitz

c. 2006 Religion News Service OSWIECIM, Poland ÆÂ? Pope Benedict XVI made an emotion-filled visit to the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau on Sunday (May 28), closing out his four-day tour of Poland with a gesture aimed at healing wartime wounds ÆÂ? those of Poland and his own. Hours after celebrating an outdoor […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Literal Belief in Bible Down 10 Points in 30 Years (RNS) A little more one quarter of Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God, down 10 percentage points since 1976. According to a recent survey by the Gallup Poll, 28 percent of Americans believe the Bible is […]

Rift Opens Among Evangelicals on AIDS Funding :

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON ÆÂ? Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and religious broadcaster Pat Robertson may concur on many things, but one thing they do not agree on is how the U.S. government spends money to fight AIDS. As the world marks 25 years since HIV and AIDS first appeared, a […]

Jokes from Christian Comics in `Thou Shalt Laugh’

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Christian comedians features in the upcoming movie “Thou Shalt Laugh” riff on subjects ranging from religion to every day life. The film is scheduled for release this fall. Jeff Allen: ÆÂ? Teenagers are God’s revenge on mankind. It’s as if God himself looked down and said: “Let’s see how […]

The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Laugh

c. 2006 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES ÆÂ? Comedian Gilbert Esquivel is the son of migrant farm workers, so he knows hardship. “You’ve heard of Army brats ÆÂ? we were Salvation Army brats,” he joked at a recent show. Esquivel is a stout Mexican with wavy black hair. He tells the audience he looks like […]

COMMENTARY: The New Puritans

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When I consider the “New Puritanism” abroad in our land, I remember that some of my ancestors were English puritans who followed a firebrand Calvinist pastor to New Haven Colony but soon denounced New Haven as insufficiently rigorous. They went south to New Jersey, where they founded a settlement, […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Gay Marriage Foes Say Traditional Marriage Threatened by Divorce WASHINGTON (RNS) In the midst of vocal religious opposition to same-sex marriage, a few religious leaders say traditional marriage is under increasing threat from divorce. “If divorce were a religious disease, we would declare it a national emergency,” said the Rev. […]

COMMENTARY: And Now, the Jesus Cartoons

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a culture fueled by the endless friction of provocation and outrage, the “Jesus cartoons” were inevitable. Eager to cause a stir, a student newspaper at the University of Oregon, The Insurgent, published a series of inflammatory cartoons in March lampooning _ or worse _ Jesus Christ and the […]

`Health Sharing’ Groups Offer Insurance Alternative

c. 2006 Religion & Ethics Newsweekly REMINGTON, Va. _ With health care costs spiraling and some 46 million Americans without medical insurance, a number of evangelical Christian organizations have been created to promote the voluntary sharing of medical costs. “According to the Bible,” said Dennis Reitz of Remington, “we’re to be bearing one another’s burdens. […]