The Pope’s new wheels

Francis X. Rocca |

Pope Benedict took possession yesterday of a pair of brand-new DR5 SUVs, given to him by the Italian automaker DR. “These cars are very beautiful, very beautiful, my compliments,” Benedict said with his characteristic politeness. According to one automotive Website, the DR5 has an Italian engine but a body made in China. One wonders: in […]

Walking the plank

The Rev. Jim Wallis, noted evangelical leader of the religious left, says his friend Barack Obama and the DNC should add “abortion reduction” to the party’s platform, according to ABC News. “Abortion reduction should be a central Democratic Party plank in this election,” Wallis told ABC, “I’ll just say that flat out.” Wallis said he […]

Church coalition against satellite radio merger

Kara Rowland/ The Washington TImes |

A group representing more than 16,000 black and Hispanic churches has urged federal media regulators to reject the merger of XM Satellite Radio Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., citing its objections to a segment of Sirius shock jock Howard Stern’s show in which audio clips of country singer Dolly Parton were manipulated into racist […]

Let them eat cake

Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, a Houston megachurch pastor who befriended President Bush and is now supporting Obama, has set up a Web site comparing the remarks of the Illinois senator and those of James Dobson. The Focus on the Family founder accused Obama of peddling a “fruitcake interpretation” of the Constitution earlier this week. Is this […]

For Iraqi Christians, money bought survival

Andrew E. Kramer/ The New York Times |

In many cases, Christian families drained their life savings and went into debt to make the payments. Insurgents also raised money by kidnapping priests. The ransoms, often paid by the congregations, typically ran as high as $150,000, several priests and lay Christians said.

The devil may wear Prada…

…but the pope certainly does not. At least, that’s what the Vatican says in this AP piece. “Such rumors are inconsistent with the simple and somber man who, on the day of his election to the papacy, showed to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to the whole world the sleeves of a […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service ACLU seeks end to noontime prayer at U.S. Naval Academy WASHINGTON (RNS) The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the U.S. Naval Academy to halt its practice of expecting midshipmen to stand for a prayer at their noon meals, saying it makes some of them uncomfortable. “We believe it is […]

Artist tries to teach the Bible by ripping it apart

Kay Campbell |

Artist Berenice Rarig plays with anything at hand. Words. Bones. Coffee filters. But her husband’s 1863 family Bible? The Australia-based Presbyterian missionary came across the Bible one day as she was trying to figure out how to start a conversation about religion with professors and fellow students at Perth’s Curtin University of Technology. She held […]