(RNS) “They said they have to take that (cross) down,” local resident Doug Johnson told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. “But they didn’t say anything about putting another one up.”
NEW YORK (RNS) When asked if accepting civil unions would make him “uncomfortable,” New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said it would because it could “water down” the traditional religious view of marriage.
JERUSALEM (RNS) A strike by employees of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs may force Pope Francis to postpone his visit to Israel, scheduled for May 24-26.
(RNS) Many people think of the Dalai Lama as the personification of peace and love. But some Buddhist protesters say he’s a hypocritical “dictator.”
(RNS) The pope faces a torrent of criticism from victims advocates and others who noted that Francis did not apologize for the abuse, has not disciplined any bishops and has yet to meet with any abuse victims.
CAIRO (RNS) The Maspero Youth Union, formed to fight for civil rights, rejects the mostly passive role Copts played before the revolution, when the church’s patriarch served as proxy for the Coptic community in all matters political.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The call of the muezzin, broadcast by loudspeakers on nearly 200 minarets, can be heard across Jerusalem’s hills and valleys, especially in the middle of the night, when the rest of the city is asleep.
(RNS) Advocates for Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children are now looking to Congress to pass a bill allowing the home-schooling family to remain in the U.S.
(RNS) The rally, part protest, part prayer vigil, was organized by the religious and political leadership of the insular haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel, which strongly opposes mandatory conscription on the grounds that it would tear yeshiva students from their full-time religious studies.