In response to a series of legal challenges, Israel’s Supreme Court has frozen the appointment of the Greek patriarch of the Holy Land, Irineos I, whose position was to have been approved by Israel early this month. The February 25 decision was the latest action aimed at preventing the patriarch from being confirmed in his status more than two years after he was elected.
In Poland, where Catholicism prevails, religious law holds a firm grip on the civil realm. But in France, where most people are Christian but secularism is sacrosanct, the government is battling its burgeoning Muslim population of 5 million over a proposed ban on overt displays of religious devotion.
Price of peace: When Kathleen Lee Turner witnessed a friend’s daughter being baptized, she was stunned at how quickly the baptism was over and how easily the service segued into announcements. But that was not as shocking as when, later in the service, following the singing of a patriotic hymn, the senior pastor prayed, “O Lord, be with our country, our president, our military.