“The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculations regarding its validity are simply absurd.” — Pope Benedict XVI, in an interview with La Stampa, one year after he formally resigned from the papacy.
Archives: February 2014
KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is neither Ukrainian Orthodox nor Eastern Rite Catholic, and that may be the key to his success at a time when fissures between East and West are threatening to split the country, analysts say.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) The film, set in Ireland, lives up to its name. There are stories of folklore cures, a priest people flock to for prayers, a passionate preacher, and an old man who experiences his own miraculous moment.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) The entire film takes place in a cable car – going up, coming down, looking around. Through the camera lens, viewers ride with men and women, young and old, people and animals.
(RNS) The semiautonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania is mostly Muslim, and assailants have targeted churches, burning some and killing or severely injuring Christian clerics.
We’re sifting through the RNS mailbag this morning and our legions of staff have organized everything into nice little piles for your reading pleasure and general edification.
(RNS) In a letter to a journalist, the former pope indicates scandals did not drive him from office and says he continues to wear white because when he stepped down “there were no other clothes available.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new survey finds the rapid shift toward favoring LGBT rights in the past decade has a wide impact on American religious and political life.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Think of the great dining halls,” Pope Francis said, “of the parties thrown by the bosses of the weapons industry who makes the arms. … A sick child, starving, in a refugee camp — and the great parties, the fine life for those who manufacture weapons.”
“No one should be subject to a criminal penalty simply for being gay. If laws like these do not constitute the “unjust discrimination” against gay people that the church rightly denounces, then what possibly could?” — The editors of America magazine, a Jesuit publication, denouncing new laws in Nigeria and Uganda that impose stiff penalties […]