Peter praises Paul

Francis X. Rocca |

Today’s issue of L’Osservatore Romano carries a laudatory obituary of the late Paul Newman. “In his films he was the tough guy and the braggart, the rebel and the conquistador,” recalls the official Vatican newspaper. “In reality Newman was a generous heart, an actor of a dignity and style rare in Hollywood circles.” The obit […]

The Great Schlep

If you’re not bothered by cursing and poking fun at racial stereotypes, check out Sarah Silverman’s pitch for young Jews to go to Florida and beg their bubbes to vote Obama. The Great Schlep. ht: DMN

Mass merchandising

Francis X. Rocca |

Storefront churches are a long tradition in the United States, but in Italy, they still make news. Today’s edition of the Milan paper Corriere Della Sera reports that priests are now offering Sunday Mass in a movie theater at a shopping center in suburban Rome. Pope Benedict has denounced Sunday shopping (a relatively recent practice […]

Disputed dinner fails to deliver on dialogue

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dined with 300 religious and political leaders Thursday night (Sept. 26), but the event that drew condemnation and protest offered far less dialogue than advertised. What was promised as a discussion of how religion can contribute to solving global problems turned into an […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Evangelist Tony Alamo charged with illegal transport of children (RNS) Evangelist Tony Alamo was charged Thursday (Sept. 25) with transporting children across state lines for sexual activities, just five days after authorities raided his Arkansas ministry. Alamo, 74, was charged after police and social workers interviewed six girls who were […]

Disputed dinner fails to deliver on dialogue

Chris Herlinger |

NEW YORK-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sat down with 300 religious and political leaders Thursday night for a dinner at a midtown Manhattan hotel that drew condemnation and protests but proved to be far less an event than advertised. What had been promised as a dialogue on the ways religion can contribute to solving global problems […]

Doubting Thomas

UCC Prez and General Minister John Thomas declined to meet with Iranian Prez. Ahmadinejad, saying he’s “not convinced” that the meetings are effective. He says: “To the contrary, I fear the occasion can and will be used by President Ahmadinejad to claim legitimacy and support for himself by an association with respected United States religious […]