WednesdayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup

Aftershocks in the wake of Tuesday’s East Coast temblor (a word Atlantic seaboard scribes would never miss a chance to use) tend toward the biblical rather than the geological: Ricky Twyman, founder of the Pray Without Ceasing Political Party, plans an “emergency vigil of hope” outside the White House on Wednesday at the very time […]

9/11 gives birth to new generation of assertive Muslims

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks, there were stories of men named Muhammad who started going by “Mo,” mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low and women leaving their headscarves at home. And then there was Asma Mangrio. “My husband was nervous with me driving alone with my […]

After 9/11, curiosity over Islam leads to conversion

Omar Sacirbey |

BOSTON (RNS) Like a lot of other people in the haze and confusion of the 9/11 attacks, Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?” She had studied other religions, but never Islam. So she bought a copy of the Quran, wondering if her notions of […]

10 years later, Muslims divided on improving negative image

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) After all the books, speeches, seminars, Facebook posts and mosque open houses to teach Americans about Islam in the wake of 9/11, Americans say they now know more about Islam than they did 10 years ago. The problem, pollsters say, is that Americans don’t seem to like what they’re learning. Indeed, the percentage of […]

National Cathedral suffers `significant damage’ in quake

David Gibson |

(RNS) The earthquake that rumbled up the East Coast from Virginia on Tuesday (Aug. 23) “significantly damaged” the central tower of Washington National Cathedral, shaking carved stone finials from atop the iconic church. The quake also left cracks in the flying buttresses that support the cathedral, an Episcopal church that serves as a religious focal […]

On 9/11, preachers find no easy words

Lauren Markoe |

(RNS) Standing in the pulpit on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, what do you say? For clergy called upon to preach that day, which falls on a Sunday, the challenge can be connecting with a congregation that might have already moved beyond the tragedy. But in many congregations other realities will dominate: people in the […]

Vatican summons traditionalists to Rome

Alessandro Speciale |

(RNS) The Vatican has summoned the head of a traditionalist group to Rome to assess the results of a two-year doctrinal dialogue between the schismatic group and the Holy See. Monsignor Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), will meet on Sept. 8 with top officials who are trying to […]

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

Ramadan helps Libyan and Syrian rebels, by encouraging the sort of thoughtful mindset it takes to carry out regime change, and providing the social gatherings rebels need to organize their government-toppling efforts, according to CNN. Sri Lanka is conducting its first census of wild elephants, and may tame some of them to work in Buddhist […]

9/11 marked crucial turn in Vatican-Muslim relations

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy, the site of a dramatic interreligious peace gathering he had hosted 15 years earlier. In the shadow of 9/11, John Paul said, the world needed to hear from Muslims […]

COMMENTARY: Change or die: evolution is a fact of life.

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) Institutions might think themselves eternal, but evolution is their life — and failure to evolve their death. Don’t believe in evolution? Look at churches. Better yet, look at personal computing. It took one generation — 34 years — to go from the first mass market PC to what is now called “the end of […]