DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The call to prayer was broadcast from a boxy public address system at the foot of the chapel, first in English, spoken by a woman, then in Arabic, recited in the familiar sing-song chant.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) John Dehlin, known to support same-sex marriage and the Ordain Women movement, said he expects “either disfellowshipment (i.e., official censure) or excommunication.”
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Throughout 2015, churches, schools, colleges, universities and libraries will hold exhibitions, lectures and other events about the Magna Carta, emphasizing the way 13th-century Christians influenced its contents.
(RNS) Pope Francis said Thursday (Jan. 15) he plans to canonize 18th-century Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra during the papal visit to the U.S. in September, an indication that the pontiff may be mulling a stop near the U.S.-Mexico border.
As ethno-religious conflicts and extremism hinder Myanmar’s democratic reforms, faith leaders across the country emphasize the need for interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance.
(RNS) Many Catholic conservatives view Francis’ ecological push as further evidence of the liberal tilt of his papacy.
ISTANBUL (RNS) Some of Rumi’s followers believe the 13th-century mystic’s whirling dervish ceremonies have been wrongly appropriated for profit.
NEW YORK (RNS) The archbishop of New York seemed to part ways with another prominent New York Catholic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who essentially said Charlie Hebdo editors had brought on their own slaughter.