Robert Gates indicated that churches and other religious groups — which currently sponsor 70 percent of all Scout troops — would be able to “establish leadership standards consistent with their faith.”
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(RNS) “It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God,” the pope said.
(RNS) A man who burst into a Brooklyn synagogue yelling “Kill the Jews!” before stabbing a man in the head was fatally shot Tuesday (Dec. 9) by police, said authorities and witnesses.
“I know that he had strong Muslim beliefs,” said a cousin of Douglas McCain, “but I didn’t know that he was in support of ISIS. I didn’t think he would be.”
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Quincy Harts, 40, of St. Louis, was outside the church wearing a T-shirt with Brown’s picture and the words: “No Justice, No Peace.”
(RNS) “There is a secular idea that ‘the devil made me do it’ that has turned into ‘satanism made me do it,'” says Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, which has a few hundred members. Accused killer Miranda Barbour is not among them
(RNS) Pope Francis, who made headlines in recent weeks by lambasting ‘trickle down” economic theories as unfair to the poor, is shrugging off criticism from political conservatives who dubbed him a Marxist.
(RNS) “Mr. Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago,” spokesman Mark DeMoss said. “As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two.”
(RNS) “As a Jesuit, Catholic university, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston College is called to uphold,” Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said about efforts to shut down an undercover student group that distributes free condoms.