Artists painstakingly transfer sacred stained glass windows

Peggy McGlone |

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.

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Vatican wants to revive church’s role in fighting the Mafia

Alessandro Speciale |

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.

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Passover prep takes spring cleaning to a whole new level

Michele Chabin |

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.

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Religious leaders press Village Voice on sex ads

Annalisa Musarra |

(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.

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ThursdayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup: Dalai LamaâÂ?Â?s Templeton; Pope & Fidel; Trayvon & churches

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,” […]

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Dalai Lama wins Templeton Prize for work on science, religion

Chris Herlinger |

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.

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Religious freedom ambassador settles into role, diplomacy

WASHINGTON (RNS) Almost a year into her stint as the State Department's point person on religious freedom, the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook has traveled to eight countries and seems to have moved beyond questions about her lack of diplomatic experience.  By Adelle M. Banks.

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