SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (RNS) Will HBO’s scathing documentary of Scientology, which airs March 29, prompt the secretive, litigious church to change? Don’t bet on it.
ROME (Reuters) “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF … I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”
TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Vigilante villagers are attacking women they believe are witches responsible for the murders of albinos, whose white skin some believe possess magical powers.
(RNS) Women increasingly show signs of joining men in letting go of that soulful search for meaning. Who’s got time?
(RNS) Followers of the Viking religion, called Asatru, are getting their first temple in 1,000 years in Iceland. But the ancient faith has spread farther than any Viking ever traveled, to Australia, New Zealand and at least 21 U.S. states.
(RNS) Motivated by tribal wars, the violence in South Sudan has pitted government troops from President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe and rebels from rival Riek Machar’s Nuer tribe.
(RNS) Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.
(RNS) The witch doctors reportedly fueled the killings by inducing local people to believe “magic potions” made from body parts brought good luck and wealth.
(RNS) Getting ordained online to officiate at a friend’s wedding? Sure. But what about being a high priestess who can banish spirits and lift curses?