As SCOTUS prepares to take up two high-profile gay marriage cases next week, NPR has a nifty timeline of the history of the debate.
The everyman stories about Francis are legion (cooking his own meals, riding the bus), but here’s one more to add to the mix: he called to cancel his newspaper delivery in Argentina. ‘Cuz ya know, now he owns his own newspaper.
Did somebody say awkward? Francis takes a trip to Castel Gandolfo tomorrow to meet retired Pope Benedict XVI, the first time in a very long time when two guys in white both have the title “Pope” in front of their names.
File this under Not Gonna Happen: PETA wants Francis to “veganize” the Vatican.
Remember that Vatican crackdown on American nuns? Francis is from a religious order (the Jesuits) and NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that should help clear the air; Chicago Cardinal Francis George, meanwhile, says it may make it easier to tighten the screws.
Call this the 11th plague: there’s no kosher-for-Passover Coke available to California Jews.
Which is probably just fine for the hundreds of California Jews who are trekking through the Mojave Desert in a bid to experience Passover like the Israelites of 3,000 years ago.
- From our blogs: Jana Riess on grief
- From our blogs: Jonathan Merritt on megachurch pastor Joel Hunter’s environmental documentary
The Episcopal Church has reached a settlement of sorts with nine bishops who colored outside the lines by supporting breakaway congregations who want to leave the church.
NY photographer Angela Jimenez offers an audio slideshow of life at Cathedral Prep, the last high school in the U.S. for young boys considering the priesthood:
D.C. pastor Gordon Crosby died this week at 94; he was a mentor to many on the religious left (and right) for his taking-it-to-the-streets approach to the Gospels. Our pal Dean Snyder’s appreciation is here, and Sojo’s Jim Wallis’ is here.
A nice Jewish boy has scored a prom date with Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton.
A French Jewish student group is seeking $50 million in damages from Twitter for the company’s refusal to hand over the identities of the authors of anti-Semitic tweets.
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