Monday’s Religion News Roundup

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, folks. Welcome back to the fray. Muslims in Oregon are bracing for backlash after a Somali-American man was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The FBI is investigating a fire Sunday at the Islamic center in Corvallis, […]

Play examines South’s black church arsons

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) For playwright Marcus Gardley, the theater is his pulpit and plays are his sermons. His latest production, “every tongue confess,” seeks answers to the questions that swirled around the spate of arsons that hit black churches in the South in the 1990s. “How deep does your forgiveness go?” Gardley asks in an interview. […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Religion News Service is taking a break from the Roundup to eat turkey (or Tofurky), visit our families, and give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy. We hope you’re doing the same, if that’s your thing, and look forward to seeing you back here on Monday. Cheers, RNS

Blasphemy resolution passes U.N. committee

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted Tuesday (Nov. 23) by a United Nations committee, but religious freedom advocates who oppose the measure say support for it continues to diminish. The resolution by Islamic countries is scheduled to be considered by the U.N. General Assembly in December. The vote — 76 yes, […]

Muslims prepare halal turkey Thanksgiving feast

Lisa Rose / The Star-Ledger |

(RNS) Garlic wafts in the air while sauce bubble on the stove. The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes. The women are in headscarves while the men wear hairnets covering dark curls. Some cooks layer carrots and peas into a mountain of basmati rice while others coat chickpeas in spices to create […]

Vatican, China clash over bishop’s ordination

Francis Wong |

HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the official Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association for organizing the ordination of a Catholic bishop in northeastern China without Vatican approval. On Wednesday (Nov. 24), the Vatican called the ordination a grave violation of the freedom of religion after the state-approved Catholic Church ordained the bishop without […]

Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup

Moral theologians, health care workers, and other Catholics continue to try to parse Pope Benedict XVI’s condom comments. Conservatives are generally taking the nothing-new-to-see-here-move-along-folks line, while more progressive Catholics call the comments a “game changer” for the church. “It’s a mess,” the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center tells the AP’s Rachel Zoll. The […]

For year’s top religion stories, a major case of deja vu

Kevin Eckstrom |

(RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002. For the second time in a decade, damning charges of child molestation at the hands of Catholic priests dominated headlines, this time reaching the highest levels of the Vatican, […]

COMMENTARY: Being thankful is always in style

Cathleen Falsani |

(RNS) Calling it a “beloved American tradition” in his official proclamation this week, President Obama reminded us that Thanksgiving is an opportunity “to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country.” Thank you, Mr. President. I needed to hear that. Surely 2010 has been a year of […]

COMMENTARY: Hanukkah 101

A. James Rudin |

(RNS) This year I am imposing a personal restriction on my family and friends. They may not attend Hanukkah parties, light the festival candles or receive gifts unless they can first pass a holiday exam. Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of light, begins at sunset on Dec. 1. Special prayers are said each night as […]