(RNS) Thursday’s service marked nearly a year since a massacre took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Americans from a spectrum of faiths prayed, sang and testified about a gun violence epidemic they said is poisoning the nation’s soul.
(RNS) Pope Francis’ trajectory from near anonymity to the heights of power is remarkably similar to that of President Obama’s. But can the pontiff avoid the pitfalls that have dogged the president?
(RNS) The Annenberg Foundation reveals itself as the anonymous bidder that bought 24 sacred Native American artifacts — and plans to give them to the tribes that tried to keep them off the auction block.
ROME (RNS) “It’s about marketing,” said Piero Pazzi, the photographer behind the annual calendar featuring attractive priests of Italy. “It’s a souvenir, not a statement of any kind.”
(RNS) Who’s got the biggest reputation in history? Two computer scientists have calculated a way to rank significance through measures of celebrity and achievement across time. Not surprisingly, it helps to be white and male.
(RNS) Remarkably, at a time when one in four Americans say they have struggled to put food on the table, Congress has chosen to slash one of the most effective anti-hunger programs in the country, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps.
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) A few days after a group of Satanists announced plans to donate a memorial on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, a Hindu organization said it would apply for permission to erect a statue of Hanuman, the monkey god.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Washington National Cathedral is a cavernous, hard-to-heat space, but the atmosphere was warm and intimate Wednesday as Nelson Mandela was honored for his struggle against apartheid.
(RNS) The former French colony has been trapped in a bloody conflict since March, when Seleka, a coalition of rebels, overthrew President Francois Bozize, a Christian, and installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, instead.