Moving remains

Quote of the Day: Sister Mary de Paul “We’ve always felt very connected in a sense to our founders’ mother and father. Taking care of the deceased is an act of mercy, and it’s an act of our faith.” -Sister Mary de Paul of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, explaining why her order paid to […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Cardinal Says Stem Cell Researchers Don’t Deserve Communion VATICAN CITY (RNS) Roman Catholic doctors and researchers involved in stem cell research are unfit to receive Communion, a top Vatican cardinal declared Wednesday (June 28). The comments appeared to step up the Vatican’s opposition to stem cell research _ a stance […]

Up in the Heavens, Astronauts Get Prayers From Below

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When the Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off this summer, some of its astronauts will already have been lifted in prayer by their congregations. In fact, one Houston-area church will simultaneously have two members in space. “It’s unreal,” said Pastor John Kieschnick of his Lutheran church that includes a Discovery […]

Gay Priest Is Among Nominees for Episcopal Bishop in New Jersey

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Defying national and international pressure, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark on Wednesday (June 28) announced that the slate of candidates for its next bishop will include a gay priest. A nominating committee announced that the Rev. Michael Barlowe, the congregational development officer in the Diocese of California, […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Presbyterian Benefactor Beset by Money Woes, Newspaper Says (RNS) The Denver man who pledged $150 million to help the Presbyterian Church (USA) start new churches has a house in foreclosure and mountains of debt and legal bills, according to a Denver Post investigation. Stanley W. Anderson made the pledge _ […]

Williams Lays Out Two-Tier Membership for Anglicans

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, said Tuesday (June 27) that “the best way forward” for the deeply divided Anglican churches is to adopt a Communion-wide covenant and a two-track membership system. Under Williams’ plan, churches that agree to the as-yet-unwritten covenant would […]

Missionaries, Witch Doctors Team Up to Battle AIDS

c. 2006 Religion News Service FISH HOEK, South Africa _ When it comes to fighting ailments from witches to the common cold, many black residents of this windswept fishing village have long trusted the medical expertise of the traditional healer Nkonjani Themba. But when AIDS descended on South Africa and the herbs of the ancestors […]

Benedict going to Spain; Archbishop of Canterbury looks forward; Missionaries and witch doctors join

In Tuesday’s RNS report Vatican correspondent Stacy Meichtry writes an advance on Pope Benedict’s upcoming trip to Spain, during which the pontiff will confront growing secularism there: Barely a year has passed since Pope Benedict XVI, in a famous speech prior to his election, called his church to arms against a rising tide of moral […]

Pope to Confront Growing Secularism During Trip to Spain

c. 2006 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Barely a year has passed since Pope Benedict XVI, in a famous speech prior to his election, issued a call to arms that decried moral indifference in Western culture as a “dictatorship of relativism.” Next week (July 8-9), Benedict will travel to the front lines of that […]