N.J. leaders seek to ease anger over NYPD probe of Muslims

James Queally and Christopher Baxter |

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, state and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday to assure religious leaders that they are addressing the NYPD incursions into New Jersey. By James Queally and Christopher Baxter.

Catholic voter guide differs from two Catholic candidates

(RNS) A group of Democratic-leaning Catholics on Wednesday (Feb. 29) released a 2012 voter guide that includes abortion among a range of “pro-life issues,” such as war, euthanasia and poverty, and highlights economic and social justice issues as concerns Catholics should weigh as they consider which candidate to support.

U.S. mosques report rapid growth in past 10 years

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Researchers plan to release a comprehensive census of American mosques on Wednesday, charting their growth, followers and their leaders' interpretations of Islam. By Lauren Markoe.

Priest fired over Mass prayers fights to keep his job

Tim Townsend / The Post-Dispatch |

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who was fired for altering the words of the Mass is now digging deep into the letter of church law in an effort to regain his post as parish priest. By Tim Townsend.

Mormons, GOP didn’t always get along so well

Thomas Burr / The Salt Lake Tribune |

WASHINGTON (RNS) As Mitt Romney presses his White House bid, many Americans don't realize that his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP, and how its first candidates won by whipping up anti-Mormon sentiments. By Thomas Burr.

Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Mitt Romney wins; Franklin Graham apologizes; lesbian denied Communion

As you've probably heard, Mitt Romney won big in Arizona and eked out a narrow victory in his native state of Michigan on Tuesday.  Santorum bested Romney among evangelicals in Michigan 51-35, but lost non-evangelicals, including Catholics, in Michigan and Arizona.  Mark Silk's take: “Those numbers suggest that come next week's Super Tuesday contests, Santorum […]

Experts say Quran burning ‘tailor-made’ for Taliban

Jim Michaels |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Taliban is attempting to capitalize on the outbreak of violence that followed the inadvertent burning of a Quran by NATO troops by characterizing the war as a conflict between infidels and Islam, analysts said.