“Often Christians behave as if they were going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God, no?” — Pope Francis, in his daily homily delivered at the Vatican guesthouse where he lives.
Archives: May 2013
(RNS) A new Pew study says getting Muslims online can improve their views of the West, but a major problem remains: across 39 countries and territories, just 18 percent of Muslims said they used the Internet.
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic Church’s top liaison to the Boy Scouts of America is telling Catholic Scout leaders and troop sponsors that the BSA’s new policy welcoming gay Scouts “is not in conflict with Catholic teaching” and they should continue to support Scouting programs.
(RNS) The Southern Baptists’ Russell Moore says evangelicals are more aggressive this time around because more immigrants have joined their congregations, giving members a better understanding of who they are.
(RNS) Once one of the biggest names in Christian music, Carman had been rejected by every Christian music label in the last 12 or 13 years. It was only after he went public about his terminal illness that the 57-year-old singer-songwriter discovered he still had an audience.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The head of the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank admitted that it must address its tarnished reputation, even among Catholics, even as he defended the institute’s recent efforts towards financial transparency.
(RNS) Church and State breakup after all these years. Will there be a Vatican III? Not if a top adviser to Pope Francis has his way. And everything you need to know about Syria, Sunnis and Shiites and why it’s all a giant fustercluck.
(RNS) A national conference on religious freedom reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the coalition that fears an erosion of religious liberty in the U.S.
(RNS) Whether the battle will be contained to Syria is in doubt now that Islam’s two major strands have taken sides against one another, threatening to spark a wider war that is centuries in the making between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.