(RNS) Those who know Jeffrey Fowle say he was driven by a taste for adventure rather than religion or politics when he left a Korean-English Bible in a public restroom in North Korea, where proselytizing is a crime.
NEW YORK (RNS) “I was very disturbed by what happened” at the Vatican’s family synod, Archbishop Charles Chaput said. “I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was one of confusion.”
JERUSALEM (RNS) Because Jewish law requires witnesses to conversions to be above reproach, some have questioned whether the conversions that accused Rabbi Barry Freundel oversaw were illegitimate.
We made a sex tape. Some hopeful Mormons thought their rules on weddings had changed. And the Klinghoffer opera goes up at the Met — but not without a hitch.
(RNS) “There are a lot of things I could say that would make me feel better. I don’t know if it would make me look better, but I don’t think it would make Jesus look better,” former megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll said.
(RNS) Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family was more of an opening act than the final word on homosexuality, divorce and other methods of “living in sin.”
Ministers say they could face fines and jail for not conducting same-sex marriages. Experts say travel bans for Ebola would cut off the worst-hit countries. And the lone church destroyed on 9/11 will begin rebuilding.
NEW YORK (RNS) The church designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava will include an interfaith memorial for victims of the 9/11 attacks.