On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, foot traffic remains a threat

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Five centuries after its inauguration, the Sistine Chapel is visited by around 5 million visitors a year. Some worry this number is unsustainable without damaging Michelangelo's frescoes, but the Vatican wants to keep the iconic chapel open to all. By Alessandro Speciale

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Liberal Mormons: A minority within a minority

ST. GEORGE, Utah (RNS) Most U.S. Mormons share Mitt Romney's GOP party affiliation, but there are liberal-leaning members of the church who are finding their voice and supporting President Obama. By Brian Passey / USA Today.

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Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Halloween’s real message. Saint James Bond? Is the Reformation over?

As Hurricane Sandy retreats, many stop to ponder the meaning of such devastation. What is a religious response? Proof of God’s judgment? Or God’s absence? Sandy has cast a pall over Halloween this year, in some places. Is the Reformation over? Or reigniting? The Vatican floats the idea of setting up a special Lutheran church inside the Roman Catholic Church.

 

 

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Lesbian answers bishop’s call for dialogue on gay marriage

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) The Catholic bishop here has asked for an honest dialogue about same-sex marriage, so Charlene Strong was happy to take him up on his offer, telling a Catholic campus why the state's domestic partnership law was insufficient when her partner of 10 years was dying. By Tracy Simmons.

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Sultans of Satire aims to bridge gaps with Muslims, Arabs through comedy

LOS ANGELES (RNS) The Sultans of Satire stand-up comedy show aims to challenge stereotypes and sensitivities about Muslims and Arabs while bringing people together through a few laughs — even though much of the material couldn't be printed by a family-friendly newspaper. By Megan Sweas.

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Library of Congress exhibit celebrates Jewish history, artifacts

WASHINGTON (RNS) A 19th-century copy of the U.S. Constitution in Hebrew, a 15th-century Hebrew book that had been censored during the Inquisition and a copy of
“Curious George'' in Yiddish are all part of a Library of Congress exhibit celebrating one of the world's largest collections of Jewish artifacts. By Debra Rubin.

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