ROME (RNS) “How can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving?” Pope Francis asked. “Today, everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”
(RNS) The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities.
(RNS) A growing group of bonnet and bloodsucker books combine two of today’s best-selling genres: Amish romance and vampire tales.
(RNS) Most people have not written down their views on the treatments they want — or don’t want — if they become too ill to speak for themselves. But one expert says there’s spiritual value in completing advance directives.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Race, religion and a sense of the role of the family all play into end-of-life decisions for African-Americans, “and you cannot disentangle them,” said Karen Bullock, a professor and head of the department of social work at North Carolina State University.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Communication, physical independence and enjoyment in daily life are more important to a good quality of life than freedom from severe pain, according to a new survey.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans hold strong views on the care they want — or don’t want — if they are faced with an incurable disease. A new survey from Pew Research finds that the number of those who would fight death to the bitter end is growing.
(RNS) A cycle of violence in the Central African Republic is quickly degenerating into a religious conflict between Christians and Muslims.
(RNS) The United Methodist Church’s ambivalence over homosexuality was written all over the penalty given a Pennsylvania pastor Tuesday night at a trial conducted to determine his guilt for officiating at a same-sex wedding.