(RNS) It’s the symbol for “Nazarene,” or Christian, used by Islamists in Iraq to brand Christian properties as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community.
ROME (RNS) “Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family,” Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim said.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) In her argument, Kelly contends her lay leaders never asked her about women holding the priesthood — a point the leaders disputed in the letter excommunicating her.
(RNS) Imaginative religious stories such as creation, Noah, the Exodus, or Santa Claus, may actually benefit cognitive development, creative thinking and social skills.
ERBIL, Iraq (RNS) Faced with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or be killed, by Saturday (July 19), most of Mosul’s Christians had fled. The following day, militants descended on the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery on the outskirts of the city.
(RNS) The problem confronting many Wikipedia editors is that religion elicits passion — and often, more than a little vitriol as believers and critics spar over facts, sources and context.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman said Pope Francis wanted Thursday’s meeting to be a “gesture of support for all those who suffer for their faith, or living in situations of difficulty or restraint.”
(RNS) Trolling for souls in God’s waiting room. Insult to injury in another botched execution. Pope Francis’ evangelical BFFs. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) A newly commissioned liturgy to commemorate the centennial of World War I is as much about atonement as it is about remembrance.