Pope expresses `sorrow’ to victims of Canadian schools

Francis X. Rocca and Ron Csillag |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met aboriginal survivors of Canada’s residential school system on Wednesday (Apr. 29) and voiced his “sorrow” over “deplorable” abuses in the church-run schools. “Given the sufferings that some indigenous children experienced in the Canadian Residential School system, the Holy Father expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the […]

Robertson to step down as head of Regent University

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) Pat Robertson will retire as president of Regent University, the Virginia school he founded, next year, the university announced Tuesday (April 28). Robertson, 79, founded the school in Virginia Beach in 1978 and has been president since 2000. After his retirement on July 1, 2010, he will remain the university’s chancellor and a member […]

Hispanic groups divided over 2010 census

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Two prominent Hispanic Christian organizations are divided on whether Latinos should participate in the 2010 U.S. census, while U.S. Catholic bishops say it’s in everyone’s “best interest to be counted.” The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is urging undocumented members of its churches to boycott the census until comprehensive […]

Vatican hopes ignoring `Angels and Demons’ will help it go away

Rebecca Kelley and Francis X. Rocca |

LOS ANGELES — Controversy, if nothing else, sells newspapers and movie tickets. It worked with Ron Howard’s first film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel, 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code”; and Hollywood is hoping it will work again for their second collaboration, “Angels and Demons,” which opens nationwide on May 15. Howard recently stoked the […]

Harry Jackson in the spotlight

Kevin Eckstrom |

Bishop Harry Jackson from suburban Maryland crossed over into Washington yesterday to advocate against a pending City Council resolution that would recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, styles himself as the de facto leader of the black conservative/evangelical movement, and despite his low-key national profile, he probably is […]

Back pain recovery may help British cardinal’s sainthood

Boston Globe |

The recovery that Jack Sullivan, 70, has been describing for almost eight years, a drama that unfolded in August 2001, is on the verge of being deemed a miracle by the Catholic Church, and the unassuming church deacon and father of three is at the center of a campaign to make the late British Cardinal […]

10 minutes with … Francis Collins

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON — A year after stepping down as director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis Collins is embarking on a new venture, one that may be even harder than deciphering DNA. Collin’s new BioLogos Foundation, which launched on Tuesday (April 28), aims to be a bridge in the debate over science and religion and […]

COMMENTARY: Bruce Cockburn, global tourguide

Cathleen Falsani |

(UNDATED) Mali. Mozambique. Central America. The Himalayas. Kosovo. I’ve never been to any of these exotic locales, but I feel as if I have because of the more than 30 years of music made by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. He is, in a very real way, a citizen of the world. Apart from being one […]

Someone get this man a halo

Kevin Eckstrom |

With all the hubbub over Mary Ann Glendon saying “no thanks” to the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, Jim Martin up at America magazine has a modest proposal: give the honor to him. Among his many qualifications (according to him): – I would accept it. I mean, if someone’s going to give me an […]

Pot priests will not get hearing in Canada’s top court

Leanne Larmondin |

HAMILTON, Ontario (RNS) Two self-styled ministers who say that smoking marijuana is a church sacrament have lost their bid to use and distribute marijuana while they are free on bail and appealing their drug convictions. Michael Baldasaro, 59, was sentenced to two years, and Walter Tucker, 75, received a one-year sentence, after they were convicted […]