(RNS) Secretary of State John Kerry made his first diplomatic call to the Vatican on Tuesday, and got a personal tour of the Holy See.
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.
How do you define when someone is legally dead? Some people apparently really do think Jews control the media. And which congressman just became a pinup boy? All that and more in today’s Roundup.
So the boss calls but you can’t get to the phone. Except the boss is Pope Francis. If he does call, pray that you’re the bishop who just bought an eight-bedroom mansion with a five-car garage. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The scrutiny of the Rev. Bob Nugent’s activism symbolized the Vatican’s approach to all talk of homosexuality under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI compared with the more tolerant “who am I to judge?” tone set recently by Pope Francis.
(RNS) An Episcopal priest who said she’s in love with polygamy has second thoughts. Pope Francis praises trash pickers and did anyone notice that yet another state has OK’d gay marriage?
(RNS) Yes, Pope Francis dominated the headlines for 2013. But he wasn’t the only big religion story to receive front-page treatment.
(RNS) Favre, who lived from 1506-1546, was a roommate of St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founders of the Jesuits, at the University of Paris.
Who’s the biggest name in history? (Here’s a hint; his birthday is coming up). Lessons on prayers from St. Kevin of Chicago. And the world’s largest beef exporter? India, where cows are sacred.
(RNS) Words fail on a day like this for a man like Nelson Mandela. We all know Martin Luther told us to “sin boldly,” but did you know he also had a potty mouth? And a NYC rabbi offers a new face (literally) of American Judaism.