VATICAN CITY (RNS) The document — and the real or implied changes that may or may not materialize — stunned church conservatives.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Bar mitzvah boys are encouraged to read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but the state-supported Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Israel’s Orthodox establishment, prohibits girls and women from doing so.
ISIS shows a black flag flying over St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican’s Synod is calling for a new tone. Plus, a pastor in Alabama, who admitted to sleeping with congregants while knowing he had AIDS, is back in the pulpit.
(RNS) A new report says American Christians would do more to help the poor if their pastors were less timid about asking them to open their wallets.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Should families welcome their gay son and his partner home at Christmas? Lay Catholics say yes, and one leading cardinal calls it “evil.”
“The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.” – Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland, in announcing the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India.
(RNS) “I’ll say this as clearly as I can: What’s very clear is that black lives are worthless in America and the criminal justice system. It’s time to right that unacceptable wrong.”
SANIBEL, Fla. (RNS) Henry Ford “really has a very dark history as far as the Jewish community and Jews are concerned.” Indeed.
(RNS) “We have to repeat the doctrine, but the pastoral practice is what we are talking about. That’s why we are having a synod,” says Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
“The vampires represent those of us in society who feel damned and I am always seeking a way for them and those of us who identify with them to be saved.” – “Interview With a Vampire” novelist Anne Rice, in an interview with America magazine.