Study, pray and ski?

Come Saturday, not only can Liberty University students study and pray, they also can ski year-round. “We want to give prospective students as many reasons as possible to choose LU over secular institutions,” says a page of FAQs about the ski slope that will open this weekend featuring Snowflex, a synthetic material that simulates the […]

Shuttle mission to include missionary history

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) When the space shuttle Discovery next takes flight, perhaps later this week, it will carry a piece of missionary history with it into outer space. On board Discovery will be a piece of the plane used by members of Missionary Aviation Fellowship, who were killed more than half a century ago in Ecuador […]

Poll: Six in 10 U.S. Catholics ambivalent about Latin Mass

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) Two years after Pope Benedict XVI eased restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass, more than six in 10 American Catholics have no opinion on the return of the traditional liturgy, according to a new survey. In 2007, Benedict told priests to work with local parishioners when there is a “stable group” interested in the […]

Canadian churches weigh in on U.S. health care reform

Leanne Larmondin |

TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian group of churches has waded into the U.S. debate on health care reform, telling their American counterparts that health care is a “moral enterprise” with deep roots in the Bible. The letter, written by the Rev. Karen Hamilton, general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, provides a history of Canadian […]

Conservatives say health care system `is working’

Kristen May |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christian groups on Wednesday (Aug. 26) ramped up opposition to health care reform, saying the current system “has problems” but “it is working.” Members of the newly formed Freedom Federation, comprised of some of the largest conservative religious groups in the country, say they oppose taxpayer-supported abortion, rationed health care for the […]

Lionizing Ted

There is a phrase obituary writers use to describe the human tendency to “de mortuis nil nisi bonum,” or, speak no ill of the dead. They call it the posthumous parallax, and define it “as a bending of life histories toward all that is light and wholesome, away from anything that might reflect unfavorably on […]

The Vatican remembers Ted Kennedy

Francis X. Rocca |

Following the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver two weeks ago, Pope Benedict sent her family a warm letter praising a “woman of ardent faith and generous public service” for “her many labors, particularly on behalf of those who are physically and mentally challenged.” Perhaps survivors of Shriver’s brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who died yesterday, […]

News roundup: Supreme Court says church files must be open

Kevin Eckstrom |

From the Hartford Courant: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has denied a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport to keep court files on clergy sex abuse cases sealed until the high court decides whether to take up their case in the fall. More …

News roundup: Fla. students sent home over anti-Muslim shirts

Kevin Eckstrom |

From the Gainsville Sun: More children from the Dove World Outreach Center arrived Tuesday at area public schools with shirts bearing the message “Islam is of the Devil” and were sent home for violation of the school district’s dress code when they declined to change clothes or cover the anti-Muslim statement on their clothing. More […]

News roundup: Minn. officials probe Iraq chaplain’s death

Kevin Eckstrom |

From the AP: MINNEAPOLIS – A patient at a Minnesota nursing home who fell and later died was neglected by two health care workers there, according to a report from state health officials in what appears to be an investigation into the death of a chaplain who had been injured in Iraq. More …