An umbrella group of Catholic hospitals is backing a Phoenix hospital
that was stripped of its church affiliation, thereby setting the stage
for another sharp conflict between the hierarchy and Catholic
According to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI's comments published
late last year about condoms do not mark a change in "Catholic moral
teaching" or "pastoral practice" on AIDS prevention or contraception.
He is the most famous—and perhaps the loneliest—atheist in the
country. For 14 years, Michael Newdow, an emergency room doctor and an
attorney, has challenged what he sees as violations of the First
Amendment's prohibition against governmental endorsement and support of
organized religion—the so-called church-state separation clause.
Virginia Republican Eric Cantor, upon becoming House majority leader
this month, will be the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in
history. For many Jewish advocacy groups in Washington, however, it's a
(RNS) The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an
Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top
religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists.
LONDON (ABP) -- Residents of Gaza see no hope for a brighter future --
and that's one of the most distressing aspects of the situation in the
Middle East, according to an international Christian aid-and-development
group’s advocacy officer for the region.
ROME (RNS/ENInews) The president of the Lutheran World Federation is
calling on Lutherans and Catholics to issue a common statement on Holy
Communion to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in
Geneva, December 17 (ENInews)--ENInews is to suspend publication of its news service from 21 December while a new editorial team is assembled during a restructuring process needed to sustain the ecumenical news agency.