Friday’s roundup

Alfredo Garcia |

The faith-healing parents in Oregon who are in court for failing to provide medical care to their infant daughter have pleaded not guilty. An Orthodox priest in Eastern Europe is being investigated for allegedly drowning a baby boy as he baptised him. Newt Gingrich is back at it: gave a speech Thursday where he said, […]

With N.Y. pastor’s help, a Haitian orphanage is reborn

Bob Braun |

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (RNS) Some believe what happened at the Reformation Hope orphanage on Jan. 12 was a miracle. And some now regard what has happened since that awful day as a second act of divine intervention. “It shows God is a God we can trust and that he wants us to help others,” says Pastor […]

Good morals start at birth

Alfredo Garcia |

Could our moral sensibility exist from the time of our very first breath? Some researchers believe so. Work being conducted at Yale University has demonstrated that our moral reasoning may find its roots, quite simply, in our mere humanity. Psychologists have often wondered whether ethics and morality are primarily nature or nurture based. Are we […]

Religious leaders hail cocaine-sentencing bill

Alfredo Garcia |

WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. religious leaders are applauding Congress’ approval of legislation that reduces the disparity of jail time between crack and powder cocaine offenses. After passing the Senate in March, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was approved by the House on Wednesday (July 28). The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature. […]

Interdenominational Theological Center names new president

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) The Interdenominational Theological Center, a consortium of African-American seminaries in Atlanta, has named a new president. The Rev. Ronald Edward Peters, director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will begin the new post on Sept. 1, the center announced. Peters, 65, also is an associate professor of urban ministry at the Pittsburgh […]

Ugandan church-goers asked for ID after World Cup bombings

Fredrick Nzwili |

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Ugandan church leaders are asking Christians to produce identity cards and agree to security checks before entering some churches after two terrorist attacks at World Cup viewing parties left more than 70 people dead. “We are taking these new measures to ensure that the worshippers are safe. We do not want the […]

COMMENTARY: And the truth shall set you free

Dick Staub |

(RNS) Judging from a recent Gallup Poll, politicians, corporations, the entertainment media and religious institutions are in a close competition to prove which is least trustworthy. A jaded public has come to expect the worst, and regularly receives it. Headlines about politicians’ lies hardly warrant attention anymore. We’ve gone from George Washington, who could not […]