(RNS) Growing up Catholic in England, Candida Moss felt secure in life, yet learned in church that Christians have been persecuted since the dawn of Christianity. As an adult and a theologian, she wants to set the record straight.
“Jesus says [to] love our enemies. So I was sitting in Starbucks and thought, ‘Maybe I’m the one person who needs to do something.’ ” – Martha Mullen, a Virginia woman and mental health counselor who helped arrange the burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Va. She [...]
WASHINGTON (RNS) The storied Washington National Cathedral will receive $100,000 to help pay for inspection and repair of its nave’s vaults following a rare East Coast earthquake that hit the Washington area in 2011.
(RNS) As the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to change its membership policy to admit gay members, some alternative church-based groups are fielding inquiries from people concerned about the action.
This week, Orthodox Christians mark the final days of Great Lent, a time of repentance, fasting, and prayer in preparation for Orthodox Easter, or Pascha, on May 5. Iconographer Seraphim O’Keefe talks about how icons play a role similar to fasting in the Orthodox tradition.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Friday (May 10) met with Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, an encounter that brought the number of popes residing within the Vatican walls to three this week. It also put a spotlight on the suffering of Christians in Egypt.
(RNS) Even as an annual review this week gave Catholic bishops high marks on sex abuse prevention policies, officials with the church’s oversight agencies expressed serious concerns about “recent high-profile failings” in several dioceses.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) For nearly two centuries, St. Louis University has been led by the Jesuits. But now, because of a rapidly shrinking pool of eligible leaders, SLU — like many Jesuit schools — could be lead by a lay person.
(RNS) This kid needs more guacamole (and here’s how you can help). Bible-quoting cheerleaders in Texas score a win, Santa Muerte is blasphemous and an artist decides to get tattooed with Jesus’ 39 lashes.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) American anti-abortion leaders will be in Rome on Sunday (May 12) to participate in Italy’s third March for Life and lend their expertise to the nation’s small anti-abortion movement as it tries to learn from its American counterpart.