COMMENTARY: We can do better

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) We have seen ourselves up close and decided we can do better. Pouring a lifetime of earnings into showy living becomes embarrassing. Turning religion into shouting matches and rampant bigotry doesn't pass any gospel sniff test. By Tom Ehrich.

Refugee finds his own church ‘sanctuary’

Bob Braun |

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (RNS) Saul Timisela spends his days in a Sunday school classroom, with a small bed and a rack on which to dry his laundry. The room is decorated with cards from children expressing their love. “It is my home and I love it,” says Timisela, who's been seeking sanctuary to avoid deportation back to Indonesia. By Bob Braun.

Alain de Botton’s tips for atheists

Kimberly Winston |

(RNS) In “Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion,” Alain de Botton proposes ways atheists can borrow some of the rituals, practices and other trappings of religion and adapt them to build a better secular society.

Pope arrives in Cuba, blasts economic ‘selfishness’

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) On his arrival in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI renewed the Catholic church's pledge to work with the Communist government in order to help the island look at the future, and criticized the “ambition and selfishness” which engendered the global economic crisis. By Alessandro Speciale.

Church’s mock raid leaves teen traumatized

Ed Komenda |

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (RNS) A fake terrorist raid staged to show Christian teenagers the perils faced by Christian missionaries left one 14-year-old girl so traumatized that her mother filed a report with the police, claiming her daughter suffered a busted lip and bruised knees. By Ed Komenda.

Tim Tebow brings a little goodness to Gotham

Kevin Manahan |

NEW YORK (RNS) Tim Tebow is Howdy Doody in a helmet, Opie Taylor running for touchdowns — while reciting Bible verses, stopping to find a lost dog, visiting sick children in a hospital and helping a little old lady across the street, all before he reaches the end zone. By Kevin Manahan.