SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) There is a roof, four walls, windows and doors,
and a concrete floor.
Eventually all the ornamentation and decor will be in place, but for
now the interior of the rebuilt Macedonia Church of God in Christ is a
maze of 2-by-4 frames and exposed electrical wires. Workers are pounding
nails, hanging insulation and hauling in supplies.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 19) tried to tamp
down allegations a controversial 1997 letter to Irish bishops was meant
to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse cases to police or
(RNS) Jewish and Muslim groups want to know if they have a place in
Alabama after Gov. Robert Bentley, just hours into office, said people
who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his "brothers and
Canterbury, England, January 19 (ENInews)--The re-election of Christina Rees, a strong supporter of women's ministries, to the Church of England's Archbishops' Council is a sign that the church's mainstream wants to move forward on the ordination of women as bishops, observers said.
FORT WORTH, Texas (ABP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
has indicated in a second letter that it intends to pursue its claim to
office space currently used by Tarrant Baptist Association, apparently
because the association retains as a member a church that was kicked out
of the Southern Baptist Convention for its acceptance of gays.
WASHINGTON(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops will not join efforts to
repeal the new health care law, even though they staunchly opposed the
bill last year after concluding it permits federally funded abortions.
(RNS) Celebrity sightings and up-and-coming indie flicks are a given at
the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, but this year
something else is drawing attraction on the red carpet: faith on film.
(RNS) A top official of the Russian Orthodox Church has called for
an official dress code to encourage propriety after previously
suggesting that provocatively dressed women provoke immorality and
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said he
plans to be the governor of all Alabamians and be color-blind, but also
said that people who aren't "saved" Christians aren't his brothers and
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin
Luther King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail," conceding that
Americans have often have chosen to be comfortable rather than
"prophetic" on racism.
London, January 14 (ENInews)--Three former Anglican bishops are to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests on Saturday, 15 January at Westminster Cathedral – the first bishops to join Rome under a new structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI for dissident Anglicans.