BERLIN (RNS) Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers in the conservative
German state of Bavaria may live with their partners in parish
parsonages, but only if they enter into a state-sanctioned civil union.
(RNS) A recent survey of 43,000 high school students found that
public school students were more likely to participate in physical
violence, while private school students were more likely to have teased
or taunted someone, and more likely to have felt bullied themselves.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The outgoing head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops vigorously defended the bishops' opposition to the health care
reform bill, asserting that only bishops can speak for the church on
matters of faith and morals.
As bombings increased recently in Baghdad, a Baptist pastor in the Iraqi capital told a European Baptist leader that Christians there are living in fear, especially after an attack October 31 at a Catholic church left nearly 60 dead.
(RNS) A rural North Dakota church has voted to leave the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, not only to protest its recent policies to
allow gay clergy but also its proposed statement on genetically modified
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic archbishops of New York and Boston
will meet personally with victims of abusive priests as part of a
Vatican investigation of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican
announced on Friday (Nov. 12).
Hong Kong, November 12 (ENInews)--Changes in the make up of Chinese Christianity may make the officially-sanctioned China Christian Council less important, says the head of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden, who is visiting the world's most populous country.
McALLEN, Texas (ABP) -- Texas Baptists and Buckner International
delivered food and supplies Nov. 10 to 300 Mexicans displaced from
their homes in an area south of Falcon Lake, Texas, controlled by drug
(RNS) Jesus left his followers with precious few commands: love thy
neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the prisoner among
them. So why do so many churches have such a hard time with that last
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, for one, is waiting for a good
New York, November 11 (ENInews)--The head of the World Council of Churches has affirmed its ties with the U.S. National Council of Churches, praising churches in the United States for "bringing change and reformation in this sinful world".
(RNS) Lawyers for the Oklahoma Attorney General's office have two
weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a
voter-approved state constitutional amendment that prohibits courts from
considering Islamic law.
(RNS) Some 12,000 American Muslims are expected to join an estimated
2.5 million pilgrims in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the hajj,
the annual Islamic pilgrimage that this year runs between Nov. 14 and