Two different jobs, two different bishops

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As Pope Benedict XVI wowed 57,000 people at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (April 20), Paraguay elected a former Catholic bishop as president. Fernado Lugo, who resigned as bishop of San Pedro to run against the right-wing Colorado Party, now joins the “pink wave” of democratically elected leaders in Latin […]

Breaking News: The Pope Thinks We’re Sane

Kevin Eckstrom |

Pope Benedict XVI , in his weekly Wednesday audience, reflected on his recent six-day trip to our shores and has concluded that we’re not insane after all. Or, rather, that we are in fact sane. B16 (as he’s known in the press) commended the US as a “valid example of sane secularism, where the religious […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Associated Church Press honors top publications (RNS) Religion News Service, The Catholic Sun and Mennonite Weekly Review were among the top winners of this year’s Associated Church Press awards, which were announced Tuesday (April 22) in Dallas. Awards were given in more than 60 categories for work published in religious […]

10 minutes with … Hunter Smith

c. 2008 Beliefnet (UNDATED) Not too many rock bands include Super Bowl champions in their ranks. But Hunter Smith, punter for the Indianapolis Colts, is finding much success with his Christian rock/worship band, Connersvine. Smith, whom Beliefnet recently named one of the “Top Evangelicals in Sports Today” along with longtime friend Chris Wilson, co-wrote all […]

Costs of papal visit to U.S. hard to pin down but total millions

Chaz Muth |

WASHINGTON (CNS)-Pope Benedict XVI’s recent U.S. visit has been credited with improving his image among Americans, sparking greater interest about him and spurring much-needed evangelization efforts in the country. But those benefits came with a price tag of at least $12.5 million and perhaps much more.

Who’d Want to Fill These Shoes?

Kevin Eckstrom |

The AP has a profile on Rev. Otis Moss III. Who’s he? Perhaps you’ve heard of his predecessor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, at Trinity UCC in Chicago. QUOTE: Moss’ ascent follows the retirement of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whom Obama angrily denounced Tuesday for his “divisive and destructive” remarks. It’s a shift from more than […]

The End of the Line for a Troubled Bishop

Kevin Eckstrom |

News comes today that the pope has finally accepted the resignation of Bishop Donald Pelotte of Gallup, N.M. These things are pretty routine, but Pelotte’s case has verged on the edge of the bizarre for a long time. It started last July when Pelotte supposedly fell down some stairs at his house. Pelotte said he […]