Town asks court to decide upkeep of church cemetery

Barbara Miller |

PALMYRA, Pa.-With residents calling it “pathetic” that no one is caring for a cemetery, town officials have asked the Lebanon County Court to decide who should be responsible for its upkeep.

So much to shout about

Ira B. Tucker, whose soulful baritone put the hum in the Dixie Hummingbirds, passed away June 24, according to this Washington Post obit. Acts like James Brown emulated him, songwriters like Paul Simon adored him; The Gospel great sung “Jesus is Coming” with such fire you’d swear the savior would walk through the door, just […]

Last Love Guru post … I swear

Kevin Eckstrom |

So, by now we’ve all heard about the fuss over the Love Guru, the new Mike Myers films that some Hindus claim is offensive and denigrating to Hindus. The charge has been mostly led by self-professed “acclaimed” Hindu leader Rajan Zed, a Hindu activist in Nevada. A few Hindu groups thought it was all much […]

A price too high

Kevin Eckstrom |

The New York Times ran a sobering account of the high cost of being a Christian in Iraq. And it’s well worth the read. Reporter Andrew E. Kramer writes about the payments made by Iraqi Christians to militant Iraqi groups for protection. Andrew White, who oversees Anglican churches in Iraq, said much of that protection […]

Episcopal court finds Pa. bishop guilty of hiding abuse

ELIZABETH EISENSTADT EVANS |

c. 2008 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA _ An Episcopal Church court on Thursday (June 26) unanimously found Bishop Charles E. Bennison guilty of not responding appropriately to sexual abuse committed by his brother against a teenage girl more than three decades ago. The 64-year-old Bennison, who has led the Philadelphia-based Diocese of Pennsylvania since 1998, […]

Conservative U.S. archbishop to head Vatican high court

Francis X. Rocca and Kevin Eckstrom |

c. 2008 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke was named Friday (June 27) to head the Catholic Church’s highest court, a move that places an outspoken conservative in an important if not highly visible post. Burke, 59, will be the first American to serve as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Communion to be served on the tongue, kneeling at papal Masses VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the latest sign of the Vatican’s increasing penchant for tradition, the pope’s master of ceremonies said that receiving Communion by mouth while kneeling would become the normal practice at papal Masses. Monsignor Guido Marini made […]

100 years later, Ahmadi Muslims face new challenges

Omar Sacirbey |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Zahir Mian’s prayer clock rings to announce the sunset prayer, he politely excuses himself and performs his ritual pre-prayer ablution, unfurls a prayer rug towards Mecca, and prays like any Muslim. Mian, a 34-year-old IT manager, also fasts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, reads the Quran […]