Pastor perseveres despite autism diagnosis

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) In 2009, when he was an associate pastor at Abundant Life Christian Center, Henry Clarke finally faced the puzzle that was his life. He took a test he found online. While the results were a revelation, it was still a devastating diagnosis. By Kathleen Polinquin.

In Galileo’s hometown, Vatican promotes science

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Four centuries after the Roman Catholic Church branded Galileo a heretic for positing that the sun was the center of the universe, the Vatican is co-hosting a major science exhibition in Galileo's hometown. By Alessandro Speciale.

New saint’s work started small, left big legacy

Renee K. Gadoua |

(RNS) Barbara Koob moved from Utica, N.Y., to nearby Syracuse in the summer of 1862, when she was 24, to enter the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis. Twenty-one years later, the woman the world now knows as Saint Marianne Cope left Syracuse to work as a missionary among the lepers in Hawaii. Even […]

Thursday Godbytes: Church of File Sharing; Santorum’s Jewish Fraternity?; Fun With Spellcheck

Digital file sharing is now a sacred activity…In Sweden. The Missionary Church of Kopimism (yes, that’s “Copy Me-ism”) is now officially recognized as a religion in Sweden. The group asserts “communication is sacred,” and uses “Ctrl+C” and “Ctrl+V” as holy symbols. It was also reportedly created to provide legal protection for file sharers, although that […]

Church says N.Y. woman is source of sainthood miracle

Renee K. Gadua |

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) A 65-year-old woman from Chittenango, N.Y., was inexplicably healed of pancreatitis in 2005, Catholic leaders say, and is the source of the second miracle that will make Blessed Mother Marianne Cope a new U.S. saint. “I’m very happy to be here and I thank the Lord,” Sharon Smith said Tuesday (Dec. 20) […]

Tuesday Godbytes: (Mis)spelling Hanukkah; Merry Christmas in Klingon; Rob Bell’s Grammar

Today marks the first day of the eight-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. It also marks the beginning of a struggle journalists and bloggers know well – how do you actually spell Hanukkah? God only knows, right? Actually no. Apparently God doesn’t. Someone even wrote a song about it. (It’s ×Â?× ×Â?×Â?×Â?, by the way) Speaking of […]