A judge’s ruling Friday allowing same-sex marriages in New Jersey has caused some weddings and confusion today. New Jersey Gov. Christie just withdrew an appeal of the same-sex marriage ruling and ordered enforcement of law as dictated by the state Supreme Court. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, one of the main featured speakers via video at the recent evangelical Catalyst conference, performed some of the first ceremonies.
Pope Francis has launched a reform of Vatican bureaucracy, including a cleanup of the Vatican bank. The Pope also recently reached out to an American Jewish leader, the son of two Holocaust survivors, in a recent e-mail exchange, part of the ongoing dialogue between Catholic and Jewish leaders.
And thanks to Pope Francis, “Francesco” is now Italy’s most popular baby name.
Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting tired of his flashy socks, so he’s donated his cactus-themed socks (pictured below in former President Clinton’s tweet) to a fundraiser for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) September 5, 2013
Phill Kline, former Kansas attorney general who oversaw over investigations of the late George Tiller’s abortion clinic, has been indefinitely suspended from practicing law for his ethical misconduct in going after abortion providers. Kline now teaches law at Liberty University.
Daisy Coleman, the teenager at the center of the Maryville rape media storm, writes that she quit praying to God after her rape. “Why would I even want to believe in a God? Why would a God even allow this to happen? I lost all faith in religion and humanity.”
In a clash over charismatic theology, megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll claims that his books were confiscated at the Strange Fire conference put on by another megachurch pastor John MacArthur. MacArthur’s assistant says that Driscoll said the books were gifts. Then there was this tweet:
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) October 19, 2013
Israel named New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, an award called the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”
Egypt’s interim prime minister has condemned Sunday’s shooting attack outside a Coptic Christian church that killed four people.
A Jewish-American is new head of Philadelphia chapter of CAIR, an Muslim-American group.
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