Religious groups vie for Internet domain names

(RNS) The Roman Catholic Church and an evangelical megachurch are among the religious groups applying for newly available Internet domain names. But as .com and .org are replaced by more specific online addresses, should names such as .Catholic and .church be under the control of religious partisans? By Daniel Burke.

Vatican exhibits spotlight the Bible, Vatican archive

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two new exhibits in Rome offer delights for Christian history buffs. One displays documents from the storied Vatican Secret Archive, and the other is dedicated to the Bible, and displays more than 150 rare biblical texts and artifacts. By Alessandro Speciale.

Muslims launch campaign to explain Shariah

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) “If you are looking for problematic texts in the Quran, yes, they exist. They also exist in the Bible and Torah and other books,” said Emory University's Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im. “But Christians aren't judged based on what the Bible said 2,000 years ago, but on how they behave today. Why are Muslims judged according to these literalist interpretations, and not according to how the vast majority of good Muslims behave today?” By Omar Sacirbey.

U.S. mosques report rapid growth in past 10 years

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Researchers plan to release a comprehensive census of American mosques on Wednesday, charting their growth, followers and their leaders' interpretations of Islam. By Lauren Markoe.