“I struggle with why we are so offended with seeing human beings dressed up like monsters for two hours, when for the other 364 days of the year we see monsters dressed up like human beings, killing and raping and stealing and occupying and pillaging.” — Religion News Service blogger Omid Safi, a professor at […]
Archives: October 2013
(RNS) “Even though it is a Greek Orthodox church, it will be open to all people of all faiths, a place of solace for them,” said the Rev. Mark Arey, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
ROME (RNS) “Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published in Italy’s Panorama magazine, are not true,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee’ Vines told the Los Angeles Times.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Starting in 1999, two-thirds of prayers offered at the opening of the Greece Town Council in upstate New York invoked “Jesus” or “the Holy Spirit,” and pastors also asked those present to pray with them and recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Under a new policy that goes into effect Friday, drinking will not be allowed at any event that is directed primarily toward minors. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced the change in a letter to parishioners last week. Now alcohol at games or other events directed toward minors “is not to be served to anyone or brought in by someone,” according to the letter.
It’s Reformation Day! The Cardinals are blue, but that’s because of the Red Sox. Pope Francis will be giving out more red hats in February, reshaping to future of Catholicism heading toward the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A Jesuit and an Atheist get civil on MSNBC of all places. We debate Halloween, and roundup the morning’s best tweets.
(RNS) I wasn’t bothered when our Muslim family skipped out on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Halloween was the one holiday I wanted. Halloween covered all of the things I wanted from a holiday: costumes, gluttony and ghost stories.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) “The government should issue AK-47 rifles to every church so that we can stop them from being burnt, our property from being looted and our pastors and Christians from being killed,” said the Rev. Lambert Mbela after another pastor was shot dead.
(RNS) Two-thirds of the nearly 55,000 annulments granted by Catholic Church tribunals around the world each year are in the U.S., even though American Catholics account for just 6 percent of the world’s Catholic population.
“My dad just wanted to say thanks and that it means a lot. This isn’t about theology, it’s about humanity and how we treat each other.” — Andy Hayes, who’s pastor father was beaten up by a self-described “militant atheist,” after atheists contributed more than $5,000 for a recovery fund for the Rev. Norman Hayes.