(RNS) Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual “100 most influential people” issue and asked the president to write a tribute. Obama lauded the pontiff for his “message of inclusion” and his many acts of kindness.
So did the pope talk to that woman in Argentina? Yes, but did he say what she said? Four popes at Sunday’s canonization? John Paul, sex educator. Southern Baptists talk sex, face abuse critiques. A lifeline for the Religious Left?
(RNS) How many popes have been made saints? What’s the “devil’s advocate”? Find out in this drive-by tour of the process of making saints.
(RNS) The shift to make popes into saints could backfire if the public assumes that every pontificate comes with an automatic — or at least expected — halo.
(RNS) Why not have two “proper” forms of the pledge, one saying “under God” and one saying “under law,” and permit students to choose which they prefer?
Southern Baptists talk about sex and marriage. Rome gets ready to make saints. U.S. Army recognizes humanists.
SEATTLE (RNS) The church may decide to affiliate with groups such as Camp Fire or the Baden-Powell Service Association, or it may continue a scouting program independent of other groups.
(RNS) For five years, the Islamist insurgency known as Boko Haram has unleashed violence in northern Nigeria, but the girls’ abduction is viewed as the most terrifying so far.