Nun, 93, preaches the gospel behind razor-wire fences

c. 2008 Religion News Service MUSKEGON, Mich. _ Sister Elizabeth Barilla rolled in a wheelchair past inmates playing basketball as a pleasant breeze blew across the campus of the Muskegon Correctional Facility and sun glinted off the razor-wire fences. The Dominican nun was impatient to arrive for her monthly 6:15 p.m. class teaching the Bible […]

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10 minutes with … Donald Cozzens

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) During his recent trip to America, Pope Benedict XVI attended a youth rally at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. _ the same school where enrollment has dwindled to the point that no new prospective priests are enrolled next fall. As the U.S. church ordains its crop of some […]

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Update: Calvin professor leaves, in part over membership rules

Charles Honey |

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-A Calvin College professor who was denied an exemption from school policy that requires faculty to belong to the Christian Reformed Church said she is leaving for a teaching position in California.

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Pastor turns pulpit over to wife to focus on Atlanta church

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS-Bishop Paul S. Morton, the leader of what’s probably the largest church in New Orleans, has turned over his pulpit to his wife so he can spend more time building a post-Katrina satellite branch in the Atlanta area.

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Nun, 93, preaches the gospel behind razor-wire fences

Charles Honey |

MUSKEGON, Mich.-Sister Elizabeth Barilla rolled in a wheelchair past inmates playing basketball and raking spacious prison grounds. A pleasant breeze blew across what looked like a small-college campus, except for prisoners’ blue togs and the sun glinting off razor wire at the Muskegon Correctional Facility. Barilla was impatient to arrive for her monthly 6:15 p.m. […]

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COMMENTARY: Finding fun and faith on Facebook

Cathleen Falsani |

What began with simple curiosity has, in a few short weeks, become something deeply meaningful. And it all happened on Facebook. Like many folks who skew more toward Generation X than Generation Z, I started my foray on Facebook looking for college and high school friends. Soon I (somehow) amassed upwards of 500 “friends” on […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service British clerk files suit over gay partnerships LONDON (RNS) A Christian government clerk in Britain has taken her town hall bosses to court for threatening to fire her because she refused to register civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. Lillian Ladele, who earns more than $60,000 a year as […]

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Monks top the charts

Last week, while writing about a mini-renaissance of interest in Gregorian chant (find it here) I mentioned that Universal Music Group, the record company best known for acts like Eminem and Snoop Dogg, had signed Austrian monks from a Cistercian monastery to cut an album. The album “Chant-Music for Paradise,” released this May, has hit […]

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Harry Potter and the Curse of the Frivolous Lawsuit

Sure the boy wizard has escaped some perilous foes, but how will Potter fare against the likes of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe, or the dreaded ACLU? A former Missouri librarian, Deborah Smith, said she was suspended for 10 days without pay after she refused to work at a Harry Potter event that she claims violates […]