Jefferts Schori to Venables: Keep Out!

Kevin Eckstrom |

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is already dealing with the headache of a breakaway diocese in San Joaquin, Calif. She doesn’t want another one in Fort Worth, Texas. That’s why she’s telling Archbishop Gregory Venables of South America that he’s persona non grata (at least in her mind) at an upcoming convention of the […]

Obama slams pastor’s `destructive’ comments

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON-Using some of his strongest language to date about his former pastor, Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday (April 29) that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s comments in a speech on Monday were “destructive” and contradict “everything that I’m about and who I am.” Obama, who had already distanced himself from Wright in a Philadelphia speech on […]

Passover’s gone, but the matzo isn’t

Jonathan Rubin |

It’s not just a case of post-holidays blahs. American Jews are facing another perennial challenge this week: what to do with all the leftover matzo that nobody ate. Matzo is flat baked cracker best known for its brittle consistency and bland taste. Since all bread products are off-limits during Passover, matzo-made with just flour and […]

Wis. couple charged after death of daughter

Adelle M. Banks |

A Wisconsin mother and father have been charged with second-degree reckless homicide after their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes when they prayed for her but did not take her to a doctor.

Egan angry that Giuliani took Communion at papal Mass

Kevin Eckstrom |

Cardinal Edward Egan of New York says he wants to meet with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after Giuliani broke their “understanding” and took Communion at a papal Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Increasingly global Methodists struggle with diversity

Daniel Burke |

c. 2008 Religion News Service FORT WORTH, Texas _ Once the epitome of Main Street U.S.A., the United Methodist Church is rapidly becoming an increasingly international family. Put another way: The church of President Bush and Sen. Hillary Clinton is also the church of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. And as the Liberian president stood […]

Obama slams pastor’s `destructive’ comments

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Using some of his strongest language to date about his former pastor, Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday (April 29) that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s comments in a speech on Monday were “destructive” and contradict “everything that I’m about and who I am.” Obama, who had already distanced himself […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Egan angry that Giuliani took Communion at papal Mass (RNS) Cardinal Edward Egan of New York says he wants to meet with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after Giuliani broke their “understanding” and took Communion at a papal Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Egan said Monday (April 28) that he had […]