Passover’s gone, but the matzo isn’t

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) 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 a flat baked cracker best known for its brittle consistency and bland taste. Since all bread products are off-limits […]

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Share and share alike

Tom Ehrich |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At a banquet, I fell into conversation with the woman to my left and found myself explaining “cloud computing.” She hadn’t heard about using the Internet to collaborate on sharing information. So I drew a diagram and explained how it works. What was so important? Staying current on technology, […]

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Using the Internet to scale cloistered walls

Sarah N. Lynch |

The day Lauren Franko was inspired to become a nun, she did what many people her age would do: She logged on to the Internet in search of answers. But first, the now 21-year-old had to break the news to her boyfriend, whom she had met in an online chat room a few years earlier […]

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Oops He Did It Again

Kevin Eckstrom |

When Pope Benedict XVI visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral last weekend for a Mass with U.S. priests and assorted New York dignitaries, many observers were trying to read the tea leaves about what (if anything) was meant by allowing former Gotham mayor Rudy Giuliani to receive Communion. Giuliani, you’ll recall, is an outspoken supporter of abortion […]

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Alabama bishop elected to head United Methodist bishops’ council

Kristen Campbell |

Bishop Larry Goodpaster of Alabama was unanimously elected president-designate of the United Methodist Church’s council of bishops at the denomination’s general conference in Texas.

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Americans more versed in the Bible than Europeans, Vatican study says

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Americans are more likely than Europeans to own and read a Bible, but Poles are most likely to have a basic knowledge of Scripture, the Vatican reported Monday (April 28).

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Jewish leader says German ban on Hitler’s book should be lifted

Ian Wilhelm |

COLOGNE, Germany (RNS) A prominent Jewish leader has called for Germany to lift a 70-year-old ban against publishing “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto on the racial supremacy of the Aryan people.

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N.O. church closings reflect a national trend

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS-Archbishop Alfred Hughes’ decision in April to close 33 of what were once about 142 parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans was not only a concession to the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina. It also introduced New Orleans Catholics to a phenomenon communities in other parts of the country began seeing two decades […]

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Obama’s pastor defends against an “attack on the black church”

Adelle M. Banks |

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor to presidential candidate Barack Obama, said Monday (April 28) that recent media focus on his sermons is an “attack on the black church.” Asked at a National Press Club appearance about why he was speaking out when it could be a detriment […]