Roma’s Tony

Tony Blair finally took the Catholic plunge on Friday, just in time for Christmas. (Remember where you heard it first.)

Muslim couple reflects on journey of a lifetime

c. 2007 Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ As millions of Muslims performed hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia this month, Saad and Fatima Sahraoui have been with them in spirit. In 2000, the Syracuse couple made the pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca, the birthplace of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The memories remain powerful. “People describe it […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Trappist monks to halt egg production after PETA protests (RNS) A Trappist abbey in South Carolina said Wednesday (Dec. 19) that it will end its egg production business after accusations of animal cruelty by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “While the monks are sad to give up work […]

Questions About Thompson’s Methodist Math

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson overstated the extent of support he has received from members of the Wesleyan/Methodist movement. The former senator, in a Dec. 14 announcement, said he received the endorsement from “two men who represent 40 million people around the nation from 42 different Wesleyan denominations.” But the newspaper […]

Theme and Logo for Pope’s Trip Announced

I knew that papal visits usually had a theme, but a logo? The pope is coming to visit New York and Washington April 15-20. Anyway the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released both the theme and the logo this week. Theme: Christ our Hope, a reflection of Pope Benedict’s latest encyclical “Spe Salvi.” Logo […]

Bush gets “cold feet” on Vatican appointment?

The American Spectator says that Democratic senators are blocking the nomination of prominent “theocon” Mary Ann Glendon as U.S. envoy to the Vatican, and that the White House may be getting “cold feet” on the appointment. CORRECTION: As subsequently noted by another news service’s blog, this post appeared after Glendon’s Senate confirmation. Since the source […]

Osteen’s `Become a Better You’ tops best-seller list: RNS Religion Best-Sellers List

c. 2007 Religion News Service RELIGION BEST-SELLERS (Editor’s note: This December list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of November. Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. “Become a Better You,” by Joel Osteen. (Free Press, $25.00) […]

On-the-go Bibles hit the fast lane

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Often when Mike Sheppard listens to the stories of the Crucifixion or Mary’s discovery of the empty tomb, he gets so distracted that he almost forgets he’s behind the wheel. “There are points in the New Testament where you’ll be brought to tears while you’re driving down the road,” […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Ministers lose job-tax exemption in Kentucky county (RNS) Ministers in a Kentucky county will no longer be granted an occupational tax exemption after a local atheist sued to challenge the practice. Edwin Kagin, national legal director of American Atheists Inc., filed his suit in 2005 to challenge Boone County’s exemption […]