“Sometimes I doze off, the fatigue of the day makes you fall asleep, but he [God] understands.” – Pope Francis, speaking about his nighttime prayers to a crowd in St. Peter’s Square.
That image of the pope deep in prayer? Well, that’s sort of true. QE2 is still on the throne, but they’re already planning the interfaith-ish coronation ceremony for her successor. And Eric Yoffie has a sense of chutzpah.
(RNS) The Internal Revenue Service, in the limelight this week after a watchdog panel said it used “inappropriate criteria” when considering applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party groups, is also under fire from religious organizations.
“The spirit of Jezebel is often behind this immoral trend, tapping into the lust of the flesh with its seductive agenda. Sadly, the spirit of Jezebel is picking off pastors one by one as they succumb to the evil desires in their own hearts.” – Charisma news editor Jennifer LeClaire, writing after three Orlando-area megachurch pastors [...]
CLAREMONT, Calif. (RNS) “I don’t know for how long I will do this,” Timothy Murphy said of his hunger strike, “but if nothing else, I want the men in Guantanamo to know that myself and others care about their situation enough to act in support of them.”
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) With one in five Americans claiming no religious connection, national atheist and humanist agencies are developing ordaining programs to establish nontheist ministers in most states to perform weddings and funerals.
Ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jews observe the strict rules of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and its 613 commandments. But, for some, the lack of choices is too rigid, so they choose to leave, even though doing so can be very painful.
“Here’s the secret. Stop talking (about) the cheating. He cheated on you, well, he’s a man.” – Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, responding to a viewer’s request for advice on how to move on after her husband cheated on her. He added: “What you want to do is make a home so wonderful that he doesn’t [...]
(RNS) Roman Catholics, who are the third-largest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the U.S., have remained quiet on a proposed policy change to allow gay Scouts. That may be because Catholics are as split as the general population on the question of homosexuality in the Boy Scouts of America.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Morehouse College announced on Wednesday (May 15) that a critic of President Obama will deliver a baccalaureate sermon as part of graduation festivities this weekend after all.