NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) For nearly a century, the stained glass portrait of St. Patrick looked down on parishioners — as if from the heavens — from the massive nave of the sacred Heart church in this city's Vailsburg neighborhood.
Archives: March 2012
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican-sponsored event in the mother country of the mafia, Sicily, wants to revive the church's role in fighting the cultural roots of organized crime. By Alessandro Speciale.
JERUSALEM (RNS) While Passover cleaning has been around since the Israelites fled from bondage in Egypt, some say the lengths to which many modern Jewish families go to avoid the smallest piece of leavened material has turned the “festival of freedom” into a season of domestic slavery. By Michele Chabin.
(RNS) A umbrella group of Christian denominations dedicated to fighting racism has called on churches to use the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin as a “teachable moment” for them to speak out against stereotyping. By Adelle M. Banks.
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings get sealed in a Mormon proxy wedding, Israeli matzo is pushing down prices in the U.S., and every high schooler's dream in Arkansas comes true.
(RNS) Faith leaders delivered more than 230,000 signatures to the office of Village Voice Media, demanding they shut down the adult advertising section on their website, Backpage.com, where advertisements for sex with underage minors have appeared. By Annalisa Musarra.
The Dalai Lama, a Nobel laureate, can add the Templeton Prize – and $1.7 million – to his résumé. He’s actually not the sort to indulge himself with the cash, and he didn’t disappoint in his winsome reaction to today’s announcement: “I am a simple Buddhist monk, no less, no more, after receiving this award,” […]
(RNS) A plastic surgeon in Miami who's also an Orthodox Jew is in trouble after commissioning an Orthodox Jewish band to do a music video about rhinoplasty called “Jewcan Sam” which has gone viral on YouTube. By Lauren Markoe.
NEW YORK (RNS) The 2012 Templeton Prize, which recognizes “spiritual progress” in the world, was awarded to the Dalai Lama for his long-standing support of the engagement of religion and science. By Chris Herlinger.