WASHINGTON (RNS) The “Fast for Families” enters a new phase as the original group of fasters begin to recover from the physical ordeal and a larger group — many of them political and pastoral celebrities — take up the cause.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) despite what Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, termed a “constructive” and “cordial” meeting, there were no announced follow-up dialogues planned, and “no discussion whatsoever” of a papal visit to Russia.
ROME (RNS) Because of the period of reform Francis has ushered in at the Vatican, and a list of priorities that range from Syria to a desire to strengthen ties between one of the world’s largest countries and one of the smallest, the Nov. 25 closed-door encounter will take on a dramatically increased importance.
(RNS) “Even though it is a Greek Orthodox church, it will be open to all people of all faiths, a place of solace for them,” said the Rev. Mark Arey, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
(RNS) Was it nature or nurture that propelled two sons to dedicate their lives to the church as their priestly parent had?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of countries in the region with sectarian or communal violence between religious groups doubled from five to 10 during 2011, a year that coincided with most of the political uprisings of Arab Spring.
The FBI will begin tracking a number of religious groups as part of its law enforcement crime-reporting program.
(RNS) Is there anything morally redeeming about “Games of Thrones”? Some worry that HBO’s fantasy tale is the antithesis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s good-over-evil stories, but others perceive a theological framework that could inspire Christians.
(RNS) Religious historians say that every 500 years, Christianity goes through a “massive transition,” as Phyllis Tickle puts it. We aren’t likely to comprehend this latest transition until it is further along. But two things are clear: Christianity in North America is being freed from its own roots, and Christianity no longer controls the flow.