ROME (RNS) Discussion of the bill has underscored the Vatican’s declining influence in Italian politics.
(RNS) “There was just time for a last minute prayer before the machinery tore in,” a British charity reported. “The pastor stood by in dignified silence, clutching the remaining cross from the Church roof.”
ROME (RNS) The change of heart by Peter Tatchell, a leading voice on LGBT issues, over a case in Northern Ireland was a surprising turnabout.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Many Jews contested the status quo, in which prayer at the Wall followed only the strictest interpretation of Jewish law.
JERUSALEM — An Israeli official said the new plaza will take at least a year to complete. Unlike the Western Wall, it will not have a state-employed rabbi, but will be run by a committee.
ROME (RNS) “This is our culture. If you don’t want to see it, close your eyes!” Syrian Patriarch Youssef III Younan said as controversy continued over Italy’s move to shield nudes from the view of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
(RNS) “The greater their power and wealth, the more this blindness and deception can grow,” the pontiff writes in his Lenten message for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The judge wrote that while Answers is “clearly a religious organization,” tourist destinations could be affiliated with religion if they serve the state’s “secular” goal of boosting local revenue.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The meeting on Tuesday morning, the first between a pope and an Iranian leader since 1999, had been set for November, but Hassan Rouhani’s European trip was postponed after the Paris terror attacks.