VATICAN CITY (RNS) A group of theologians who advise the Vatican on faith matters says bishops must have the last word when it comes to affirming the “authentic interpretation” of Christian beliefs. By Alessandro Speciale.
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WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly half the world's migrants are Christian, but the most migratory religious group is Jews, according to a new study on religion and global immigration by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. By Lauren Markoe.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican website was under attack by the hacker group Anonymous on Wednesday, which said it targeted the Roman Catholic Church to punish it for its many 'crimes,' from sexual abuse to persecution of other religions. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will pray together in Rome on Saturday despite longstanding differences on women clergy and sexual morality. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two new exhibits in Rome offer delights for Christian history buffs. One displays documents from the storied Vatican Secret Archive, and the other is dedicated to the Bible, and displays more than 150 rare biblical texts and artifacts. By Alessandro Speciale.
THIMPHU, Bhutan (RNS) In a country that prides itself on measuring quality of life in terms of “Gross National Happiness,” this small Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas seems to have a problem: at least half its citizens aren't happy, according to it's own measurements. By Vishal Arora.
FLORISSANT, Mo. (RNS) A Catholic school music teacher who was recently fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years has been fired from a second position as a music director at a suburban Catholic church. By Elizabethe Holland.
(RNS) The posthumous Mormon baptism of slain journalist Daniel Pearl shows that it's not just the proxy “baptism” of Holocaust victims that is problematic. Because of Judaism's communal sense of identity, performing this ritual for any Jews without their community's consent, raises basic questions of fairness and respect. By Philip A. Cunningham.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Spurred by the economic crisis, Italy's government has taken the unprecedented step of revising long-standing tax exemptions for church-owned property. But experts say the new rules probably won't have a dramatic impact on Italy's finances. By Alessandro Speciale.
NORMANDY, Mo. (RNS) A popular music teacher at a Catholic school was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York. By Elizabethe Holland.