Welcome, Cardinal Foley

John Foley, always the American-in-waiting, finally gets a red hat RNS’ Francis X. Rocca profiles John Patrick Foley, who will be one of the 23 men elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on November 24, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: Both the lateness of Foley’s elevation, and the widespread pleasure it […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Surgeon general nominee opts out of transgender hearing WASHINGTON (RNS) President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general will recuse himself from his role as head of the United Methodist Church’s top court as it considers a case on transgender clergy. Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr., whose nomination has stalled over comments […]

Some Christians torn on what to make of Halloween

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Cindy Cathcart was angry with God and on the brink of divorce and suicide on Oct. 30, 1998, when her nephew dragged her to “Hell House.” Without it, she says now, she’s not sure where she would have ended up. Though raised Lutheran, she had repeatedly refused her sister’s […]

Tibetan Buddhists find home in heart of the Bible Belt

c. 2007 Religion News Service ATLANTA _ Snuggled between the 1950s bungalows and the towering custom homes of Atlanta’s Dresden Drive, the new structure with yellow turrets, a gilded roofline and tall tapering windows is a source of curiosity to neighbors. The Dalai Lama has just added another notch in the Bible Belt with the […]

Pennsylvania judge nullifies weddings by online ministers

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Anna and Casey Pickett fell in love during a college class on Transcendental literature, reveling in the nature-loving rhapsodies of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was only natural, then, that when the couple married last July, they would stand beside a rustic lake in Pennsylvania, with […]

Muslims chide pope for not moving faster on dialogue

c. 2007 Religion News ServiceVATICAN CITY _ Muslim leaders who attended an interfaith peace conference with Pope Benedict XVI chided the pope for not responding to a recent olive branch from Muslim scholars, and complained that the reaction of a high Vatican official “misses the very point of dialogue.”Their complaints stem from an open letter, […]

COMMENTARY: Radio Free Pittsburgh

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Planned Parenthood is right up there with the Ku Klux Klan in trying to force its beliefs onto the airwaves of National Public Radio. About seven years ago, the Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan sued KWMU-FM, the radio station of the University of Missouri (St. Louis). Like […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Pope names 23 new cardinals, including two Americans VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday (Oct. 17) said he will elevate 23 men, including two Americans, to the highest ranks of the Roman Catholic hierarchy when he makes them cardinals at a ceremony next month in Rome. Eighteen of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Israel claims artifacts dating to First Temple JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli archaeologists who have been inspecting maintenance work done by Muslims on the Temple Mount have discovered what they believe are artifacts dating back to the time of the First Jewish Temple. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said workers […]

Catholics push small movie with a big message

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Cardinal Justin Rigali wears a lot of hats: archbishop of Philadelphia, prince of the church, shepherd of souls, and lately, film promoter. For several months, Rigali has been urging his flock to see the new film, “Bella,” and has asked parishes to host special screenings. Rigali and others say […]