Could it be…Satan? On Sunday, two peace doves released by children standing with Pope Francis were attacked by other birds as they flew off. Meanwhile, the pope said on Saturday said women should play an expanded role in the life of the church and society.

On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Tablet reminds us, “Soon There Will Be No More Survivors.”

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A Texas judge ordered a Fort Worth hospital to remove a pregnant and brain-dead woman from respirators and ventilators.

At the Grammys last night, Queen Latifah performed 33 heterosexual and same-sex marriages on stage during a performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Madonna. Meanwhile, Kacey Musgraves sang about mixed messages: “If you save yourself for marriage you’re a bore…If you don’t save yourself for marriage you’re a horrible person.”

Denmark may soon be the first country to ban circumcision.

Nuns received a partial win in U.S. Supreme Court contraception fight.

A Catholic school in a Seattle suburb says it won’t rehire its gay vice principal who was forced out in December after his same-sex marriage.

A black religious studies professor in Boulder, Colo. who was suspended after his silent protest against alleged racial bias led to complaints about his refusal to speak during classes has been reinstated.

A New York police chief, who had lectured parish schoolchildren on staying safe from sexual abuse, has been arrested on child porn charges.

A Renaissance prayer book that broke an auction record 15 years ago is up for sale again. The Rothschild Prayerbook is scheduled to be sold on Wednesday for an estimated $12 million to $18 million.

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher had a lot to say in a recent interview on masturbation and national security, but he also considers himself an “apatheist” (combining apathy and atheist), calling people who worship God “insane.” “There is no more psychopathic mass murderer than God,” he said.

A lawyer is leaving his lucrative post as a partner at a prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm to defend Utah’s laws barring same-sex marriage because of his Mormon faith.

Slate has a map where publicly-funded creationism is being taught.

A 900-year tradition of male-only choirs at Canterbury Cathedral in England came to an end on Sunday, when the brand-new Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir made its debut.

4,000-year-old tablet offers new details on Noah’s Ark.

With their country facing a continuing financial crisis, Greeks living in America are offering financial help by way of the church, long a superhighway connecting Greece and its diaspora.

A vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from an Italian church.

Fox News’s religion correspondent Lauren Green performed for Pope Benedict XVI in honor of his brother’s birthday.

Meanwhile, priests in Ukraine are standing in the middle of protests.

With that, head on over to the religious freedom recap.

Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

4 Comments

  1. I have studied all religions for over 24 years. I have talked with Wiccans and Lucifer loving Satanists to Druids. Only one institution it this world claims Authority over GOD and Jesus. Only one institution routinely kills Jesus and claims authority to do so. When Jesus said it was finished the Mother Hen says it was not finished and you must die over and over at my authority.

    Quote:
    (Faith of Millions, John O’Brien, Ph.D., LL.D., 268-269, “nihil obstat” by Rev. T. E. Dillon-Censor Librorum and “imprimatur” by John Francis Noll, D.D. -Bishop of Fort Wayne).

    Power of Consecrating: The supreme power of the priestly office is the power of consecrating. ‘No act is greater,’ says St. Thomas, ‘than the consecration of the body of Christ.’ In this essential phase of the sacred ministry, the power of the priest is not surpassed by that of the bishop, the archbishop, the cardinal or the pope. Indeed it is equal to that of Jesus Christ. For in this role the priest speaks with the voice and the authority of God Himself. When the priest pronounces the tremendous works of Consecration, he reaches up into heavens, brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the victim for the sins of man.

    “It is a power greater than that of monarchs and emperors: it is greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of Seraphim and Cherubim. Indeed it is greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. For, while the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man – not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ the Eternal and Omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command.

    How many of God’s Faith-full have been murder by this institution who claims all attributes of God? Estimates are close to 50 million tortured and
    murdered.

    More Quotes from the Man who thinks he’s God.

    “Don’t go to God for forgiveness of sins, come to me.” -Pope John Paul II, LA Times, 12-12-1984

    “And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of his priest and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse to give absolution, provided the penitent is capable of it.” -Liguori, «Duties and Dignities of the Priest», p.27

    “This judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sin.” [The Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol xii, article ‘Pope’ pg 265]
    “the poor sinner kneels at his confessor’s feet. He KNOWS he is not speaking to an ordinary man but to ‘ANOTHER CHRIST,’ He hears the words: ‘I absolve thy sins…” and the HIDEOUS LOAD OF SINS DROPS FROM HIS SOUL FOREVER.” -William Doyle “Shall I be a priest” pp 14, 15

  2. When I saw that the doves were attacked this morning on the news, I thought to myself it wouldn’t take very long for some lunitic to use it as a sign of the “end of times”.

    Relgion is poison!!

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