Monday Godbytes

Do you like infographics? Yes? Good, because OpenBible.info, a website dedicated to extracting data from the Bible, just released a “Sentiment Analysis to the Bible.” The analysis (visualized at left), reportedly displays “good” or “positive” happenings in the bible in black and “bad” or “negative” things in the Bible in red. Speaking of bad – […]

Muslim mortgages in limbo after bank collapse

Ron Csillag |

TORONTO (RNS) The collapse of a lender that offered Shariah-compliant mortgages has left Muslim homeowners in the Toronto area with many questions and so far, few answers. Founded in 2004, Toronto’s UM Financial partnered with an Ontario credit union to offer mortgages and other financial products that promised to circumvent Islam’s ban on interest and […]

Shifting course, St. Paul’s orders protesters out

Al Webb |

LONDON (RNS) More than a week after welcoming anti-corporate protesters onto its grounds, London’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral now wants them to go away because their presence is costing too much money. Asking the demonstrators to leave peacefully after nine days of occupying a makeshift tent city in the churchyard, St. Paul’s dean, the Rev. […]

Vatican blasts `idolatry’ of global markets

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Blaming the world’s economic and financial crisis on an “economic liberalism that spurns rules and controls,” the Vatican on Monday (Oct. 24) released an ambitious proposal for global regulation of the financial industry and the international money supply. The 16-page document from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace calls for a […]

Monday’s Religion News Roundup

The AJC profiles Herman Cain‘s Atlanta church, noting that it’s solidly Democratic and some of his fellow parishioners don’t recognize the man they see on the campaign trail. Notes one: “This is kind of weird.” The LAT, meanwhile, profiles the Kansas City IHOP (no, not the pancake place) where round-the-clock prayer has been going on […]

Catholics see difference in loyalty to faith, hierarchy

David Gibson and Kevin Eckstrom |

WASHINGTON (RNS) American Catholics have by and large remained loyal to the core teachings and sacraments of their faith, but increasingly tune out the hierarchy on issues of sexual morality, according to a new study released Monday (Oct. 24) The sweeping survey shows that over the last quarter-century, U.S. Catholics have become increasingly likely to […]

Jewish chaplains memorialized at Arlington

Adelle M. Banks |

ARLINGTON, VA. (RNS) In a ceremony steeped in Hebrew prayers and military hymns, a monument to Jewish chaplains who died in active duty was unveiled Monday (Oct. 24) at Arlington National Cemetery. “They are unrecognized heroes of both Jewish and American life, but today we begin the process of publicly acknowledging their contribution and their […]

Vatican hails end of Gadhafi regime

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called the death of Libya’s longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi the end of a “harsh and oppressive regime,” and pledged to work with the country’s new government. Gadhafi, 69, was shot by rebels on Thursday (Oct. 20) near his native city of Sirte, and video images of his dead body […]

Friday Godbytes

CNN reports that the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi – killed just yesterday by revolutionaries – apparently practiced a “renegade” version of Islam. Folks at Relevant Magazine and the Washington Post are asking whether or not Jesus would be in the streets with the Occupy Wall Street protestors – or if he would protest at […]

Friday’s Religion News Roundup

Woke up this morning, normal day. Checked the weather, the in-box, the Rapture Index. Muammar Gaddafi’s death seems to have had no effect on the pending apocalypse. For those with short memories, today is Take 2 of radio preacher Harold Camping’s Judgment Day prophecy. Reached at his California home this morning, Camping simply said, “There’s […]