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U.S. Bishop Mounts a Rare Public Campaign Against the Vatican RNS’s Daniel Burke covers Bishop Donald Trautman’s increasingly vigorous campaign against a new translation of the Catholic Mass for American churches, which was ordered by John Paul II to bring it “more in line with the original Latin,” in this week’s full text article, linked […]

Religion Takes Hold in Second Life’s Cyber Universe

c. 2007 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ In Second Life, the online virtual universe that is attracting some 3.7 million users, you can light virtual candles for Shabbat, teleport to a Buddhist temple or consult the Oracle for some divine guidance. Second Life is a three-dimensional, online game produced by San Francisco-based Linden Lab […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Clinton, Obama, Edwards to Debate Faith and Poverty WASHINGTON (RNS) The three top Democratic presidential candidates will discuss faith, values and poverty and take questions from religious leaders Monday (June 4) at a forum sponsored by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, the progressive social-justice group. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. and Barack […]

Canadian Church Leader Is Looking for a Few Good Men

c. 2007 Religion News Service VICTORIA, British Columbia _ The new moderator of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination wonders why there are so few men in his church. David Giuliano, elected last year as head of the 600,000-member United Church of Canada, believes liberal religious institutions aren’t as welcoming of males as they think they are. […]


c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) They’re late. The cicadas. I’ve been sitting on the chaise all week, staring at the grass in anticipation of their creepy arrival. Each time a blade of grass moved, I leaned over expecting to see an army of arthropods fighting their way through the top soil, all alienesque and […]

10 Minutes With … Zarqa Nawaz

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) What do “Desperate Housewives,” the racy ABC drama, and “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” a Canadian sitcom created by a devout Muslim woman, Zarqa Nawaz, have in common? They were both picked up by Canal Plus, a French pay-TV giant to be broadcast in France and French-speaking parts of […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service NCC’s Edgar to Take Helm of Common Cause (RNS) The Rev. Bob Edgar, the outgoing general secretary of the National Council of Churches, has been named president of the public interest advocacy group Common Cause. Edgar, 63, a former congressman from Pennsylvania and an ordained United Methodist minister, was elected […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Pope Upgrades Interfaith Outreach Office VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI will upgrade a Vatican office in charge of dialogue with the Islamic world, a little more than a year after subordinating it to another body. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue will become “a dicastery in its own right,” […]

U.S. Bishop Mounts a Rare Public Campaign Against the Vatican

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a rare show of defiance, a Roman Catholic bishop is using increasingly fiery language to spark a grassroots revolt against a new Vatican-ordered translation of the Mass. Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pa., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, has used several critical essays and […]

New Museum Blends Creationism With the Gospel

c. 2007 Religion News Service PETERSBURG, Ky. _ Ken Ham stood outside his $27 million Creation Museum before its official opening on Monday (May 28) and declared its mission is not just to counter evolution. He also wants to create a few Christians. “We don’t just want to see people converted to creationism,” said Ham, […]