Islamic school’s director knew of abuse

Matthew Barakat/ The Associated Press |

The director of a Saudi-funded Islamic school in Northern Virginia accused of promoting religious intolerance has been convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse.

The reports of our demise …

Kevin Eckstrom |

Have been EXTREMELY premature, as Mark Twain might say. Let me just set the record straight: RNS is alive and well. You may have heard this week that our sister company, Newhouse News Service, is closing. Many have asked what’s going to happen to us. The short answer: nothing. Religion News Service will be unaffected […]

Genetic testing of kids could pose a dilemma

Paul Nyhan/ Seattle Post-Intelligencer |

In the next two decades, parents are expected to have new options to test their children for genetic traits that raise the odds they will contract any number of conditions, such type 2 diabetes, depression and possibly autism, experts suggested last week. Those breakthroughs are expected to push parents deeper into the ethically fuzzy world […]

Pope agrees: Paraguayan president-elect no longer bishop

Pedro Servin/ The Associated Press |

Paraguay’s president-elect has received unprecedented permission from the pope to resign as bishop, the papal nuncio said Wednesday, ending a dispute over Fernando Lugo’s priestly status.

Evangelicals warn against Romney on ticket

Ralph Z. Hallow/ The Washington Times |

Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate, saying their troops will abandon the Republican ticket on Election Day if that happens.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service McCain, Obama urged to make poverty a priority (RNS) Nine faith leaders have banded together to urge Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain to present a 10-year plan to combat poverty when speaking at their national nominating conventions. The interfaith coalition _ led by Rabbi Steve Gutow, executive director of […]

COMMENTARY: What happens at Lambeth doesn’t stay at Lambeth

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Anglican bishops unpack memories of their 2008 Lambeth Conference, one recollection they will handle gingerly is that of the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, humbly accepting their standing ovation at its onset. That was before things got nasty. Some calls for Williams’ resignation even circulated in the halls […]

Methodists elect first woman bishop in Africa

Ashly McGlone |

The Rev. Joaquina Filipe Nhanala is a woman of firsts in Africa-she’s the only female United Methodist pastor in Mozambique with a master’s degree in theology, and now she is the first female United Methodist bishop in all of Africa.