VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI promised “unconditional” obedience to his successor during a farewell meeting with cardinals on Thursday.
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Video courtesy Al Jazeera After decades of suppression, the Russian Orthodox Church appears to be back in favour with the country’s leadership.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, a day for fellow members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own among the pantheon of American heroes.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Wednesday hearing featured activists who fear that growing anti-Semitism in Europe threatens not only Jews, but other religious minorities and the ideal of tolerance in general.
The narrative of decline in the mainline church underestimates the continuing influence of its members, says a religion researcher.
(RNS) The Vatican appears rocked by scandal and resignations just as church leaders must gear up to replace frail Pope Benedict XVI. But Vatican experts say papal transitions always generate intrigue.
“It is vulgar and offensive for anybody to use the death of 6 million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to make a joke, but this is especially true for someone who is Jewish and who proudly and publicly wears her Jewishness on her sleeve.” – Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation [...]
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Roma Downey and Mark Burnett met in a nail salon in what she says was love at first sight. But the high-powered Hollywood couple say their most important project isn’t her work on ”Touched by an Angel” or his role on ”Survivor” but their joint History Channel multi-part documentary on “The Bible.”
Cardinal Mahony is keeping up his passive-aggressive blogging, and some think that’s no joke. They also didn’t much like Seth McFarland at the Oscars. But can satire promote religious reform? More below…
Pope Benedict XVI addressed an estimated 150,000 people on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square for his final general audience as pope. Here’s his remarks in English.