Church Says Presiding Bishop’s Comments Taken Out of Context

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is drawing fire for comments that some say demean other faiths, but a church official says the question-and-answer format didn’t capture the interview with “complete accuracy.” Jefferts Schori’s interview was published in the Nov. 19 edition of The New York Times Magazine just […]

Pope Begins Visit to Turkey, Signals Openness to Bid to Join EU

c. 2006 Religion News Service ANKARA, Turkey _ Pope Benedict XVI began his four-day visit to Turkey on Tuesday (Nov. 28), calling for an end to religiously motivated violence as he tried to calm tensions between the Vatican and the predominantly Muslim country. Top religious authorities and political leaders who met with Benedict, however, wasted […]

COMMENTARY: HIV/AIDS Is America’s Problem, too

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For the last several years, while Americans have blissfully believed it was someone else’s problem, HIV has been doing what it does best: hiding in plain sight. Taking advantage of shame, stigma and bigotry, the HIV virus has infected not only bodies but minds, luring many Americans into a […]

Double Whammy

Quote of the Day: Muslim American Society Executive Mahdi Bray “It’s a shame that as an African-American and a Muslim I have the double whammy of having to worry about driving while black and flying while Muslim.” -Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Washington-based Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, reacting to the removal of six […]

New Christian Coalition Head Quits Before Starting Job

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Rev. Joel Hunter, an Orlando, Fla., megachurch pastor, has resigned from his pending presidency of the Christian Coalition of America, citing differences in how to broaden the group’s agenda. The organization, which was a political force for conservative Christians across the country in the 1990s, has diminished in […]

Sobering HIV/AIDS Report Presents Challenge for Religious Groups

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Ten years ago, the World Council of Churches said the AIDS pandemic “exposes the complicity and complacency of churches, challenging them to be better involved, more active, and more faithful.” On the eve of World AIDS Day on Friday (Dec. 1), religious leaders, citing a new report by the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Pope, Williams Acknowledge `Serious Obstacles’ to Unity VATICAN CITY (RNS) Doctrinal differences between the Anglican Church and the Vatican loomed large as the archbishop of Canterbury paid a visit to Pope Benedict XVI. As Archbishop Rowan Williams met with Benedict in the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 23), recent decisions by […]

Jews Debate Whether Aid Money Should Assist Non-Jewish Israelis

c. 2006 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ American Jewry’s largest fundraising organization is under fire for using some of the money raised to aid Israeli war victims to help non-Jewish Israeli citizens. Some center-right Jewish organizations have criticized the United Jewish Communities (UJC), the umbrella organization of local Jewish federations and communities in North America, […]

`Born-Again Heathen’ Bikers Run Full-Throttle for Jesus

c. 2006 Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ The cruisers rumble into the parking lot in quick pairs. The riders dismount, shaking ponytails out of their helmets. They’ve got patches on their leather jackets, tattoos on their arms, and eyes that have seen everything. Move over, Satan, and heads-up, heathens: These bikers have Jesus in […]

Heavy Security Planned for Pope’s Trip to Turkey

c. 2006 Religion News Service ANKARA, Turkey _ Turkey’s government is rolling out heavy security measures in preparation for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday (Nov. 28) for the first leg of the pope’s four-day visit to this predominantly Muslim country. Rooftop snipers, bomb squads and more than 3,000 police will be deployed […]