U.S. will no longer have largest Jewish population
Oct 18, 2005
If demographic trends continue, Israel will boast the largest Jewish community in the world by 2006. The Jerusalem-based Jewish Policy Planning Institute released a report predicting that Israel’s Jewish population, currently at 5.24 million, will overtake its counterpart in the United States, where 5.28 million Jews live, within a year.
Lion and lamb: Pope Benedict XVI and liberal Catholic Hans Küng met in 1962 when they were both young and progressive. Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, took a turn to the right and may have played a role when Küng was later stripped of his privilege to teach on the grounds that his theology was incompatible with Catholic doctrine. Küng called Ratzinger a “grand inquisitor.” But after a recent four-hour meeting, Küng said the pope isn’t as reactionary as many assume, and needs to be given time. The two discussed the notion that science and religion are not incompatible, and the role of the church in a secular world (New York Times, September 27).
Although churches are frequently viewed as behind the times, a new study shows that Protestant congregations are quickly embracing new technologies.
According to the Barna Group survey, since 2000 many congregations in various regional, denominational and sociological categories have embraced the Internet, videography and other high-tech methods of carrying out their ministries.
MIAMI (RNS) In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows.
SITTWE, Myanmar (RNS) Ousman Gani, 28, used to be a kindergarten teacher. But after Buddhist mobs destroyed his village during the ethnic and religious violence that tore through Sittwe in 2012, he has been confined to a displaced persons camp.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops are jumping into the increasingly contentious battle over immigration reform by backing President Obama’s pledge to act on his own to fix what one bishop called “this broken and immoral system” before Republicans assume control of Capitol Hill in January.
(RNS) Myles Munroe, a prominent Christian minister from the Bahamas, and his wife, Ruth Munroe, were among nine people killed when a small plane crashed while attempting to land on the island of Grand Bahamas on Sunday (November 9), Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Jonathan Greenblatt, a special assistant to President Obama, will succeed Abraham Foxman as head of the Anti-Defamation League, the world’s best-known organization founded to combat the hatred of Jews and Judaism.