(RNS) Reflecting on Sister Lillian’s life, I feel relieved of my fear of death. It’s not because I’m suddenly certain that there’s an after-life. Even Sister Lillian once remarked, “None of us knows what happens after we die. We just believe.”
(RNS) This year the 12 people who will have their feet washed by Pope Francis include nine Italians, one Muslim from Libya, a young man from Cape Verde and an Ethiopian woman
British PM David Cameron doubles down, Vance McAllister guts it out, Benedict XVI watches and muses, and yes, those are boiled crawfish. Plus more “Singing Nun.”
(RNS) Muslims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where the spying took place, said the program intimidated Muslims from attending mosques, speaking in public and making charitable contributions to Muslim charities.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The great trove of Holy Week music is firmly rooted in church, and on Good Friday, First Presbyterian Church is bringing Bach back to his roots, presenting his “St. John Passion” as he did — not as performance but as prayer.
Two billionaires try reshape the world in their image. The Justice Department will defend a controversial cross. Expect the unexpected at papal foot washing tomorrow.
(RNS) We can hope and pray that God forgives us for what our government has done in our name. We can also act to ensure that torture never happens again.
(RNS) Pope Francis will spend Holy Thursday washing the feet of disabled people, some of them women and some perhaps non-Catholics. That upsets traditionalists, who say the rite should be restricted to men only. So who’s right?