It’s the day after the night before as the Catholic Church feels its way through the “sede vacante.” Here’s everything you need to know about what comes next, as well as how to pray over your demon-possessed sweaters from Goodwill.
Author Archives: Kevin Eckstrom
About Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for both 2006 and 2007 – the only time RNS has won back-to-back years. Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University.
In 2007, he was elected president of the Religion Newswriters Association. His work was featured in Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing of 2003.
Pope Benedict XVI addressed an estimated 150,000 people on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square for his final general audience as pope. Here’s his remarks in English.
A long-shot contender for the papacy intends to be known as John Paul Benedict I. Tim Tebow fumbles an invite from an outspoken Dallas megachurch. And this kid’s bar mitzvah rap video is going to come back to haunt him.
Cardinal Mahony says he’s cool with all the “humiliation” coming his way, but he still has tickets for Rome for the upcoming conclave. A Rome tailor is prepping papal vestments in small, medium and large. All that and more in today’s Religion News Roundup.
(RNS) What are the rules for electing a new pope? They’re not much different after a pope dies or resigns. Pope Benedict XVI modified the rules in 2007, following a major overhaul by Pope John Paul II in 1996.
Cardinal Dolan: “We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St. Peter.”
“From day one, this case has been about the rule of law and defending the right of people to worship in peace. This was never about ‘haircuts,’” said U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.
Is Karl Rove picking a Dynasty-style cat fight with evangelicals? More members of the Phelps clan are leaving Westboro Baptist Church, and a state judge upholds an Orthodox pre-nup for a husband who won’t give his wife a divorce.
The Virginia man who stormed the D.C. headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council last August, shooting and wounding a security guard, planned to “kill as many people as possible and smother the Chick-fil-A sandwiches into their faces,” prosecutors said in a plea announcement.