BELEM, Brazil (RNS) An arduous public display of devotion to the Virgin Mary has persisted and thrived even as Catholicism loses ground to evangelical faiths in a dramatic transformation of Brazilian society.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Even as work on the synod’s final report continued, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich put homosexuality back on the agenda telling reporters “exclusion” was not part of the Catholic Church.
“I can tell you why we’re not married: We’re not religious. I don’t feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party.” – Actor Joshua Jackson explaining to Glamour magazine why he and actress Diane Kruger have not yet tied the knot.
HOUSTON (RNS) Subpoenas issued by the mayor and the City Council of Houston attack two of the freedoms protected in the First Amendment: the free exercise of religion and the right to political speech.
MONROVIA, Liberia (RNS) “These children are now forced to drop out of school and work,” said a coordinator for an Ebola treatment center. “It’s very painful to see them roaming in streets in search for food as their sole caregivers have already died.”
Catholics are anticipating “the report,” due Saturday. Hillsong pastor takes a pass. Bill Maher defends making generalizations.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The change in the English version was not made in the Italian original, where the term “accogliere,” which means “to welcome,” was kept.
“In Eugene, Oregon, local faith groups, religious leaders, and volunteers have created Opportunity Village, a community of small houses for the unsheltered homeless.”
(RNS) Pope Francis has beatified his controversial predecessor, Paul VI, whom he hails for groundbreaking reforms that are often overlooked. But can Francis succeed where Paul fell short?