Fate of Jerusalem looms over peace talks

(RNS) Competing claims on the land are most intense in the Temple Mount-Haram al Sharif area and the stone-paved 1-square-kilometer area of Jerusalem’s Old City. But Jewish neighborhoods and construction in and around East Jerusalem have given rise to various creative solutions for resolving the riddle of how two people, and two faiths, can share the same place.

Walking 1,850 miles to see Pope Francis, pilgrim feels renewed

RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) On March 15, Fabio Mateus packed a rucksack with a spare pair of sneakers, a raincoat, a hammock and $20 in his pocket, and started walking. Pilgrimages are a Brazilian tradition, built on a belief that to deepen religious experience a person must make sacrifices and suffer a degree of pain.

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Quote of the Day: Author and megachurch pastor Rick Warren

“God knows what it’s like to lose a son.” — Author and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, quoted by The Associated Press when he returned to the pulpit for the first time after the April 5 suicide of his son Matthew. He was quoted by The Associated Press.

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Is Eric Metaxas the next Chuck Colson?

(RNS) Eric Metaxas took over some of Coloson’s roles, including part of BreakPoint, a radio show Metaxas wrote for in the late ’90s. He took Colson’s place on the board of the Manhattan Declaration, a movement Colson helped found to focus Christians’ attention on life, marriage and religious freedom issues, too. But comparisons to Colson go only so far.