Vatican to consider role of Scripture in Catholic life

Francis X. Rocca |

c. 2008 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ When Pope Benedict XVI recites the opening verses of Genesis on Italian national television next Sunday (Oct. 5), he will kick off a marathon reading of the entire Bible by some 1,500 people over six days _ and do something that would have been unthinkable even a […]

Friday fun

This site has some of the funnier church bulletin typos and grammatical mishaps. My favorites: “Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.” “Don’t let worry kill you-let the church help.” “The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of […]

Palestinian Christians share Ramadan spirit

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM-Hala Jahshan, a resident of the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, isn’t a Muslim, but like many Holy Land Christians, she feels enriched by the Ramadan traditions of her Muslim neighbors and co-workers. “Palestinian Muslims and Christians live together, we share the same destiny and we join in each other’s celebrations,” says […]

Setting a rich table for Jewish holidays

Joe Crea |

It’s fitting that just in time for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Israeli author and magazine editor Janna Gur has created a beautiful compilation of Jewish culinary pastiche. “The Book of New Israeli Food” is an enticing 304-page tribute to that land’s gastronomic legacy and promise.

Faith leaders urge Red Cross access to detainees

Ashley Gipson |

WASHINGTON-Top leaders from a number of faiths have asked Congress to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all U.S.-held detainees, including those held at secret overseas prisons.

Muslims allow guide dogs in British mosques

Robert Nowell |

LONDON-British Muslim authorities have issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that allows guide dogs to enter mosques, even though Islam traditionally teaches that dogs are unclean animals.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Pearson’s `gospel of inclusion’ finds new home in Unitarian church (RNS) Bishop Carlton Pearson, who has been publicly criticized for teaching that all people will go to heaven, has folded his Oklahoma church into a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Pearson’s New Dimensions Worship Center began meeting at the All Souls Unitarian […]