BOSTON (RNS) Potential jurors in bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial must be able to impose the death penalty. That standard eliminates most Catholics who heed their church’s catechism.
Articles tagged “Roman Catholic Church”
NEW YORK, N.Y. (RNS) The downsizing in New York is not unique: Dioceses across the Northeast and Midwest that were once the cradle of U.S. Catholicism are facing declining donations and participation in church life.
BERLIN (RNS) The Schleswig-Holstein parliament voted with a two-thirds majority to exclude mention of God from the new constitution, becoming the seventh of 16 German states to do so.
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) The church, under the aegis of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, has been in this primarily migrant worker neighborhood for the past five years. It serves both migrant workers and asylum seekers.
CHATSWORTH, Calif. (RNS) A spiritual touch practice based on the notion that human hands can redirect one’s “life force energy” to heal, Reiki is the hottest new Eastern healing practice making its way into the Western health industry.
(RNS) The shift to make popes into saints could backfire if the public assumes that every pontificate comes with an automatic — or at least expected — halo.
(RNS) In a letter to a journalist, the former pope indicates scandals did not drive him from office and says he continues to wear white because when he stepped down “there were no other clothes available.”
(RNS) The emergence of punitive measures against gay people in various countries has opened a stark and public fissure among church leaders in different nations. The divisions are also raising questions about whether Pope Francis needs to take action.
DUBLIN (RNS) The Catholic Church runs 90 percent of primary schools in Ireland. The arrangement is unsettling to some parents who have little choice in where to send their children.