The quotable, retweetable pope delighted the 3 million-strong crowds in Rio de Janeiro, telling the youth, “I want a mess…I want trouble in the dioceses!”
On his way home from World Youth Day, Pope Francis gave a spontaneous interview with reporters that is gaining much attention. On gays, he said, “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” On womenpriests, he says no, but he also says, ”We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more.” Transcript (in Spanish).
The Supreme Court might need to settle whether secular, for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby must provide contraceptive coverage to employees despite the owners’ religious objections.
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren returned to the pulpit for the first time since his son’s suicide in April. ”God knows what it’s like to lose a son,” he said.
World magazine wonders whether the National Religious Broadcasters should be defending the lifestyles of the rich and Christian.
Christians in Britain have called on Scotland Yard’s chief to inform his officers that it is legal to cite traditional Bible teaching when describing homosexuality as a sin while speaking in public.
On pressing matters, the Jewish Daily Forward wants to know if royal baby George will get circumcised.
An interview of a Muslim scholar on Fox News about his recent book on Jesus has gone viral.
What does religion have to say about usury and money lending, the BBC wonders? Generally, lending of money at high interest rates, is frowned upon by the three Abrahamic religions.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is finding reliable supporters in Islamists who are more willing to use violent or radical tactics.
A group of monks on Greece’s Mount Athos who face eviction attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs.
A charity aims to bring Buddhist studies into the modern world.
Mideast peace talks resume amid much skepticism.
Tweets to start your week:
Pope's comments on women and their role in the church, on the other hand, do represent something truly new and intriguing.
— Amy Sullivan (@sullivanamy) July 29, 2013
Wormwood: "I seem to be failing at distracting my patient from productivity." Screwtape: "Don't worry. I'm creating something called email."
— John Starke (@john_starke) July 29, 2013
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks always a long shot in human terms but always worthy of our prayers for success in just peacemaking.
— David Gushee (@dpgushee) July 29, 2013