ROME (RNS) The Pontifical Council for Culture had chosen a photograph of the 1936 “Venus Restored” sculpture for its Feb. 4-7 conference on women and equality. But the choice of a sculpture bound in ropes to discuss women’s emancipation was deemed inappropriate in some quarters.
(RNS) Pope Francis isn’t a fan of being cooped up inside the Vatican, and he may not be for very long. That and other juicy tidbits from his two-year anniversary interview.
BERLIN (Reuters) The court ruled that religious symbols could only be banned when they posed “not just an abstract but a concrete risk of disruption in schools.”
BERLIN (Reuters) Nasser El-Ahmad said his Muslim father vowed to slit his throat and his uncle threatened to burn him after dousing him with gas because they could not allow him to be gay.
(RNS) Biblical breastplates, menacing nuns and an apocalyptic Jewish sect. What is behind all that religious jazz in the second episode of “Dig,” which aired Thursday (March 12) on the USA Network?
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ said the federal government is attempting to change the traditional definition of marriage, so his legislation would place the responsibility for officiating marriages in the hands of clergy.
(RNS) March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. But was there a real St. Patrick? Did he drive the snakes out of Ireland or use the shamrock to explain the Trinity? Why should this fifth-century priest be remembered at all? Let us ‘Splain.
(RNS) Think St. Patrick’s Day is all about green beer and leprechauns? Meet the man behind all the revelry.