Seminarian `Martyrs’ Shoot for Evangelism and Unity

c. 2007 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ If there is a training ground for leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in America, it is the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Every year, bishops from across the U.S. send their most promising candidates for the priesthood to study at the college; active alumni include […]

COMMENTARY: What Does It Take to Start a Church?

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A friend wants to start a church. Let’s help her do it. First, the word “church.” Should she use it? That wasn’t Jesus’ word. He envisioned “friends” going out to serve, not an institution drawing members out of the world. It was persecution that led Jesus’ followers to gather […]

Sufi Poet Rumi Rides Wave of Popularity 800 Years After His Birth

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Mohammad Nooraee knew exactly what he needed when Brandeis University students asked him to distill the essence of Sufism, an Islamic mystical tradition, one recent Sunday afternoon. Nooraee, director of the Nimatullahi Sufi order in Boston, needed “Grapes,” a poem by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th century poet and […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Unbaptized Infants No Longer in Limbo, Vatican Says VATICAN CITY (RNS) Clarifying Catholic thinking on one of the most perplexing theological enigmas, Pope Benedict XVI has endorsed a Vatican report offering hope that unbaptised infants can reach heaven. In a report published Friday (April 20), the International Theological Commission concluded […]

VA Approves Wiccan Symbol for Gravestones

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the pentacle, a religious symbol used by Wiccans, as an official symbol for veterans’ gravestones, according to a settlement announced Monday (April 23). “The Wiccan pentacle will henceforth have the same status as the other emblems of belief on VA’s […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service College for Christian Home-Schoolers Gains Accreditation (RNS) Patrick Henry College, the Virginia institution known for preparing Christian home-schooled students for careers in public service, has received full accreditation. The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools granted the accreditation Tuesday (April 17), the Purcellville, Va.-based college announced. “We are thrilled […]

Anglican Bishops to Meet in New Orleans Amid Schism

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ When the head of the worldwide Anglican church meets with Episcopal bishops from across the country in New Orleans this fall, it will briefly position the Crescent City at the center of the Anglican universe, but for an unlikely reason. The archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. […]