(RNS) Some argue that Jesus was a fictional character, and that believers and everyone else have been duped. Scholars say there’s nothing to the claim. So why does the theory keep hanging around?
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The scandal has shaken the order inspired by its founder’s devotion to poverty and prayer. It is active in 110 countries and had more than 14,000 members.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) “We estimate that in the past dozen years at least 3,000 babies have been born to mothers who prayed in the grotto,” said the Franciscan brother who guards it.
(RNS) “The church is jumping in to lend its support — not to lead it — which is a different place from where the black church has been historically,” said Baltimore pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday,” volunteers, including nuns and members of the Swiss Guard, told the recipients during the operation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The Holy See takes the long view,” one Vatican source said. “There is a lot of quiet diplomacy going on.”
(RNS) “Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: Build bridges and promote peace,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said after Wednesday’s announcement about the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement.
(RNS) The pope wrote a personal letter to President Obama this fall — something he’d never done before — and a separate letter to Cuban President Raul Castro.
(RNS) Certainly the mind of Christ is not divided on the issue, so why does the church not speak unequivocally with one voice on matters like torture?