RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Holy Land church leaders appeal for Gaza JERUSALEM (RNS) Christian leaders from the Holy Land are demanding that Israel, President Bush and the world community “put an end to this suffering” of Gaza residents caught in the crossfire between Israel and the Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip. “There […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Cincinnati archbishop bans trips to `Bodies’ exhibit (RNS) The Roman Catholic archbishop of Cincinnati has barred Catholic schools from visiting a controversial science exhibit on the human body, saying that it “fails to respect the persons involved.” “Bodies … The Exhibition,” which displays preserved human cadavers and organs posed to […]

News of the Weird

I suppose a reputable news shop like ours should be concerned with winning Pulitzers and A1 real estate, but every once in a while, we find professional satisfaction in the little things-like making it into News of the Weird. Frank Rocca’s story about the hunt for Jesus’ lost foreskin was picked up by the Minneapolis […]

New `Manga’ Bible casts Jesus as ultimate superhero

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Superman may have been able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but for Christians, Jesus has always been the ultimate superhero. After all, they say, only Jesus was able to bring salvation to the world through, of all things, his demise. So maybe it’s no surprise that […]

Calling All Scientists

The United Church of Christ is launching a web-based ad campaign directed at scientists “with hopes of mending a millenniums-old feud between religion and science.” “Our hope is to begin to move the church to the place where its public image, public witness and public identity is one of a community of faith that is […]

COMMENTARY: A failure to plan is a plan for failure

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It might be that church is the last thing financially challenged Americans jettison as they grapple with $10-a-gallon gasoline. But church leaders would be unwise to count on it. Even among loyal churchgoers, the looming recession could test their willingness to support church as they know it. As times […]

Monson poised _ and ready _ to lead Mormons

c. 2008 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY _ Long before he became a counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died on Sunday (Jan. 27), Thomas S. Monson was well-schooled in the way of Mormon prophets and well-known to the Mormon faithful. Monson has […]

Feeling A Little Alone in Fresno

Sounds like a country song, don’t it? The Fresno Bee has a story about Episcopalians there who are re-organizing the diocese of San Joaquin after the bishop and standing committee voted to leave the Episcopal Church and hook up with the Argentina-based Anglican Church of the Southern Cone. About 250 attended the meeting this past […]

Bill and Melinda who?

Pope Benedict’s message for Lent this year stresses the spiritual benefits (to the donor) of charitable giving. Insisting that all good works “must be done for God’s glory and not our own,” Benedict reserves special praise for those who give “silently, far from the gaze of the media world.”

Evangelical, or Democrat, But Not Both

At least that’s the case in South Carolina, according to new complaints by the folks over at Faith in Public Life. Following up on earlier complaints that exit pollsters were only asking Republicans-but not Democrats-if they were evangelicals, it seems nothing changed in the recent South Carolina primaries. Faith in Public Life tells us that […]