(RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption
and foster care services with Catholic Charities, saying the church-run
agency has no "recognized legal right" to a state contract.
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was the time in pre-marriage counseling when the
groom has to leave so the priest and the bride can talk alone. So Jamal
Kadri stepped outside Holy Name Catholic Church that rainy day in
Washington, D.C., and watched water pour from the church gutters and
seep into the sanctuary.
The idea hit him like a tidal wave: "My church needs a rain barrel."
New York, August 19 (ENInews)--More than 100 faith leaders in Latin
America have signed "an open letter to the Christian churches of the United
States," asking fellow believers to raise their voices on behalf of poor people
who would be affected by proposed U.S. budget cuts.
Canterbury, England August 18 (ENInews)--More than 20,000 mourners, most
of them British-born Muslims, gathered in Birmingham, England on 18 August
for the funeral of three young men mown down by a car while defending their
community and homes from rioters and looters last week.
Nairobi, Kenya, August 18 (ENInews)--The Dadaab refugee complex in
northern Kenya, where several Christian relief agencies are delivering
humanitarian aid to Somali migrants fleeing drought, war and disease, has become
Kenya's third-largest "city."
Berlin, August 17 (ENInews)--Does your pastor set a glowing example to his
or her flock? Or does the herd tend to drift? A new website launched in
Germany allows churchgoers to rate their "shepherd's" performance on worship,
youth work, work with seniors, credibility, and engagement with current
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A 30-year-old Portland woman who botched a home
circumcision of her 3-month-old son has been sentenced to five years of
Keemonta Peterson was arrested last April after a lengthy
investigation into the October 2010 incident. Peterson, inspired after
reading the Old Testament, decided she wanted her son to be circumcised.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic priests at this week's World Youth Day (WYD)
celebrations in Madrid will be specially empowered to lift the
excommunication of anyone who seeks forgiveness for having undergone or
assisted in an abortion.
(RNS) Sending a small band of young people to talk about condoms at
orld Youth Day, the triennial Catholic jamboree that opens in Madrid on
uesday (Aug. 16), sounds like penance, if not a kind of martyrdom.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Like many American Muslims, Asim Khan is tired of the
prejudice against his religion.
The president of the New Jersey chapter of the Islamic Circle of
North America welcomes the curiosity. But he wishes those with questions
about Islam would ask him or other Muslims before jumping to