Giving Mitt Romney a Run for the Money

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (now head of Health & Human Services) spent considerable time mulling how Mormon doctrine could better be applied to public life. Also turns out that many of those “private” conversations were tape-recorded, to do away with the hassle of taking notes. Leavitt has […]

Away in a Manger …

Sometimes you never know what your’e going to find in the Vatican’s attic … Seems they still have pieces (or what they think are pieces) of the crib used by the baby Jesus some 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. They’re kept in Rome, at the basilica of St. Mary Major, and apparently they’re in such […]

There is No Name but Allah

Al Jazeera is reporting that the Malaysian government has agreed to allow a Catholic newspaper to use the term “Allah” to refer to God (in a Christian context) after earlier saying Allah could only refer to the God worshipped by Muslims. The government gave no reason for the about-face. From Al Jazeera: The government has […]

Funeral home finds a niche in Hindu funerals

c. 2007 Religion News Service SAYREVILLE, N.J. _ When Sejal Vyas’ mother died suddenly last year, her family wanted a traditional Hindu funeral with sacraments like incense and kindling, but her father also had a special request. After the service, the father wanted his wife’s casket carried from room to room in the couple’s house […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Al Gore named `Baptist of the Year’ (RNS) Former Vice President Al Gore has been named “Baptist of the Year” by, the Web site of the Baptist Center for Ethics. “He has pressed for the global good with a compelling message about the danger of climate change and a […]

NEWS FEATURE: 2008 Religion Calendar

c. 2007 Religion News Service NOTE: Holidays that begin at sundown continue through sundown of the next day, unless otherwise noted. (UNDATED) This calendar of events is a listing of major religious holidays, conferences and denominational meetings for 2008. It will be updated each month. Jan. 3-5 Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Symposium for […]

Orthodox Jews and Pius XII

A New York State politician plans to petition the Vatican against the possible beatification of the controversial wartime pontiff, Pius XII. The news has generated some fascinating comments on an Orthodox Jewish Website. A number of the writers support the politican’s initiative. A few express fear of provoking an anti-semitic backlash. But the most common […]

Book chronicles sect’s troubled past

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like the circumstances of his birth, nothing about Ricky Rodriguez’s life was normal. His death, in 2005 at the age of 29, would be no different. He was born to an American woman, Maria Zerby, who embraced the gospel of “flirty fishing” that used sex as a tool to […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Analysis says clergy turning dollars toward Democrats WASHINGTON (RNS) Clergy and staffers of religious organizations are giving more to Democratic campaigns this year, marking a shift from four years ago when Republicans had the advantage. Contributions to candidates, parties and committees from clergy and other individuals affiliated with religious groups […]