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.
The grand jury declined to indict anyone from Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast — the initial target of the investigation.
PARIS (RNS) Russian leaders pressured the church to change the venue after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that strayed into its airspace.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Bishop of London said two Anglican vicars should be commended for growing full beards, as do some Jews and Muslims.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis’ Oct. 31 visit will launch commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Also Monday, the pontiff asked forgiveness for the sins Catholics committed against other Christians.
ROME (RNS) Gay rights activists demonstrated for civil marriage across 100 city squares, ahead of Thursday’s (Jan. 28) parliamentary vote, which would grant same-sex couples legal rights.