(RNS) If one’s religious beliefs are to be punished with (among other things) loss of employment, you don’t need a vivid imagination to guess where such logic may lead.
(RNS) More than 7,000 French Jews have moved to Israel in the last year, and there are clear signs others will follow. This is huge. France has the third-largest Jewish community in the world.
(RNS) The statement cites Pope Francis’ views that immigration woes and economic inequality are threats to life along with abortion, and it appears to be another example of the so-called Francis effect that is recasting the nation’s culture war by shifting the debates onto a broader terrain.
(RNS) As Pope Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the “rules” to the principle behind the rules, even on such closed-book issues as birth control.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Sheikh Saliou Mbacke, coordinator of the Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa, said cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were an act of provocation that could not be justified by freedom of expression.
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) “We do not have people roaming the streets in hoodies or masks committing crimes,” said one pastor who planned to wear a hooded sweatshirt to church Sunday.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The high court will hear arguments in four cases in April, and its ruling is expected to clarify whether gay marriage becomes legal coast to coast.
ROME (RNS) “The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza,” the bishops said.
(RNS) When a Fox News “expert” claimed non-Muslims are not welcome in some European cities, Britain’s prime minister “thought it must be April Fools’ Day.” But the Louisiana governor’s planned speech repeats the charge.