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(RNS) An advocacy organization for persecuted Christians has asked the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a pledge stating they would make religious freedom a priority in the United States and overseas if they win the White House.
(RNS) The cash-strapped Crystal Cathedral's pending transformation from a Protestant megachurch to a Roman Catholic cathedral should teach pastors not to spend millions on ornate buildings, a megachurch scholar says.
A bankruptcy judge on Thursday (Nov. 17) approved of the sale of the iconic cathedral to the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif., for $57.5 million.
(RNS) Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, fresh off his 80th birthday celebrations, is the subject of a new biography, "Tutu: Authorized," written by journalist Allister Sparks and featuring interviews by Tutu's daughter, Mpho, with world leaders and celebrities who have worked with him.
The Supreme Court says it will not reopen a case in which a lower
court ruled that highway crosses memorializing Utah state troopers are
The court decision October 31 was harshly
criticized by Justice Clarence Thomas, the lone dissenter. He said it
"rejects an opportunity to provide clarity" to an area of church-state
law that is "in shambles."
WASHINGTON (RNS) In a ceremony that blended worship and a call to
action, tens of thousands gathered Sunday (Oct. 16) for the official
dedication of a national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
(RNS) For much of his 92 years, Billy Graham has had one main title:
But in a new memoir set in the twilight of his remarkable life,
Graham reveals a lesser-known side of himself: a grieving and ailing
widower who has difficulty getting up from a chair or putting on his
Military chaplains may officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies on
and off military bases, the Pentagon has announced, in a move that
closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members.
WAHSINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied Wednesday (Sept.
28) around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has
refused to recant his Christian faith in the overwhelmingly Muslim
The British-based group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has asked
international supporters to urge Iranian officials to halt plans to
execute Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.
Does the Southern Baptist Convention need a new name? The president
of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, Bryant Wright, who is
also a pastor in Marietta, Georgia, says the idea should be explored
again for the sake of evangelistic success alone.
(RNS) Don't look for children's Sunday school classes at Ridgewood
Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water
park trips: the youth ministry is no more.//
Sound like a dying church?
(RNS) Pop quiz: Who said "We often suffer, but we are never crushed.
Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up"?
According to a recent poll, more Americans attributed the passage to
comic book hero Captain America, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and
former President George W. Bush than its actual source: the New
Testament book of 2 Corinthians.
(RNS) New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a
new survey shows, but the uptick in faith may be a matter of coincidence
rather than a religious response to the terrorist attacks.
In a post-9/11 bid to better relations with Muslims, pastor Bob
Roberts invited Muslims to his NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas, for
Q&A sessions and a cooking club and to help on a few home remodeling
projects. The result: Roberts lost "a bunch of church members," he