Miracles claimed from late pope’s intercession

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Jesse was just 10 days old in November 2009 when he was diagnosed with Herpes simplex, a virus often lethal to a newborn child. Doctors at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. told his parents that he had no better than a 50 percent chance of surviving, and at most a […]

U.S., Canadian Anglicans await royal wedding festivities

Piet Levy |

(RNS) An ocean away from the pomp and circumstance of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials on Friday, parishioners at Grace Anglican Church in Brantford, Ontario, will host their own royal festivities, complete with a free continental breakfast and traditional wedding bunting. “Lent (is) over, so it will be time for a party,” said the […]

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

The White House “struck back” against Evangelist Franklin Graham, who repeated debunked birther claims and questioned President Obama’s faith on a Sunday talk show. Luke Skytalker, I mean, um, WH spokesman Jay Carney, said: “I think it’s unfortunate that a religious leader would choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges.” Just 17 percent of Egyptians […]

Spotlight on abortion activist makes some Catholics nervous

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose has shared the stage with Sarah Palin, seen her exploits extolled on Fox News and drawn comparisons to heroic Gentiles who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust. So why are some conservative Christians so uneasy about her work? The telegenic 22-year-old will address the seventh annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast […]

Bill would limit military funeral protests

Kevin Eckstrom |

WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder for protesters from a fringe Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, to protest outside military funerals. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act, introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision […]

Transit worker fired for burning Quran gets job back

Ginger Gibson and Chris Megerian |

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) The New Jersey Transit employee fired for burning pages of the Quran at the site of a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero will get his job back. Derek Fenton, who sparked a national firestorm during his protest on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks last September, will be reassigned […]

Church-state ties on full display at royal wedding

Trevor Grundy |

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on Friday (April 29), Britain’s unique and historic ties between church and state will be on full display. Some here think — even hope — it could also be the last powerful stroll for church and state in this […]

Believers warn neighbors of impending doom on May 21

Kathleen O'Brien |

(RNS) Give these billboards credit: They don’t hedge their bet. Judgment Day is coming May 21, 2011-not sometime this decade, not sometime this year, but precisely on May 21. The hundreds of billboards warning unrepentant commuters of their impending doom are courtesy of a California radio station led by 89-year-old Howard Camping, who initially predicted […]

Monday’s Religion News Roundup

President Obama and the first family celebrated Easter at a Washington church built by freed slaves in 1863. Since Obama mostly attends services on Christmas and Easter, does that make him our Chreaster in Chief? Pope Benedict XVI urged an end to fighting in Libya and used his Easter Sunday message to call for diplomacy […]

Pope says comatose can still feel `presence’ of family

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told a mother that her comatose son can feel her “presence” and “love,” even if he is “unable to understand the details” or her “words.” Benedict answered questions in a rare Good Friday (April 22) appearance on the Italian State TV program “A Sua Immagine” (In His Image). The […]