Mass. moves step closer to expanding same-sex marriages

Dan Ring |

BOSTON- The state House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 29) voted to abolish a 1913 law that has the effect of preventing out-of-state gay couples from being married in Massachusetts unless they agree to move here.

Bush asked to press China on religious freedom

Ashly McGlone |

WASHINGTON -A federal religious freedom watchdog panel on Wednesday (July 30) asked President Bush to use his trip to the Beijing Olympics next month to speak publicly against abuses of religious freedom and human rights in China.

McCain, Obama urged to make poverty a priority

Nicole Neroulias |

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.

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

Phyllis Zagano |

When Anglican bishops unpack memories of their 2008 Lambeth Conference, one recollection they will handle gingerly is that of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, humbly accepting their standing ovation at its onset. That was before things got nasty. Anglicanism’s problems are on every religion’s laundry list. The constellation of Lambeth issues forms an interesting pattern. […]

Body of balloonist priest found

Authorities have confirmed the discovery of the body of the priest who set off attached to 1,000 helium-filled balloons from a Brazilian port city to raise money to build a worship center for truckers, the Associated Press reports. The Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli, 41, left Paranagua on April 20 in an unusual fundraiser for […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Hagee vows never to endorse another candidate WASHINGTON (RNS) Speaking to more than 3,000 followers gathered here, Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee said the “vicious national media firestorm” over his inflammatory remarks about Jews and Catholics has not weakened his vocal support for Israel. “We’re stronger than we’ve ever been,” […]

Cheesus Christ appears in Missouri

Kevin Eckstrom |

That Mother Teresa cinnamon bun is sooo 1996. Now a Missouri woman claims she’s found a Cheeto that looks like Jesus. They call him Cheesus. Of course they do. (This vido is what they call the “raw feed.” It’s missing the reporter’s voiceover. If I can find a better version, I’ll post it here. But […]

Young Jews experience sights (not sounds) of Holy Land

Michele Chabin |

c. 2008 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ When Kyle Edenzon showed up for his first day of Hebrew school as a young boy, his parents asked the teacher to place their hard-of-hearing son in the front row to better help him understand the lessons. “But as soon as they left, the teacher put me in […]

Catholic church tallies cost of Katrina damage

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS-The Archdiocese of New Orleans has released its first comprehensive report on the economic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina: $288 million in damage to its vast array of schools, churches, housing and nursing homes.

Mahony says immigration must be top priority

Tim Murphy |

WASHINGTON-Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, who heads the nation’s largest Catholic archdiocese, on Monday (July 28) urged presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain to make immigration reform a top-level priority.