When China's state-run Catholic Church ordained a new bishop for the Diocese of Shantou this summer without the Vatican's approval, it represented the latest step back from years of progress in a complex relationship.
Geneva, August 3 (ENInews)--Christian advocacy groups are among a
28-strong international coalition calling for North Korea, criticized by many for
its human rights abuses and nuclear threats, to step down from the
presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (UNCD).
Making pleas to Washington to avoid drastic spending cuts that would hit the poor and most vulnerable hardest, mainline Protestant leaders, Catholic bishops, progressive evangelicals and other faith leaders tried petitions, joint statements and meetings with lawmakers as the budget deficit deadline approached.
Christchurch, New Zealand, August 2 (ENInews)--New Zealand's second biggest city
could have a temporary Anglican cathedral as soon as February--but the 700-seat
structure will be made of recyclable cardboard. It would replace ChristChurch
Cathedral, which was destroyed in the 22 February earthquake that killed 181
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of
Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans, even as large
minorities of Christian Americans question Muslims' loyalty to the
(RNS) Brown, sticky, and wrinkly, dates seem a sad or unremarkable
fruit. But every Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that began on Monday
(Aug. 1), dates take on tremendous religious significance for the
faith's 1.6 billion followers.
Throughout the world, Muslims will break Ramadan's required daytime
fasts just as Prophet Muhammad did nearly 1,400 years ago: with dates.
NEW YORK (RNS) The principal of a Catholic grade school in the Bronx
that serves mainly black and Latino students has been fired after his
racially charged views about minorities made headlines, and the priest
who hired him apologized for a "mistake in judgment."
(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches in
Alabama filed a federal lawsuit on Monday (Aug. 1) to stop enforcement
of the state's new immigration law, which they say could strike at the
core of their ability to worship.
(RNS) For many Americans, nothing is as exciting as an impending
apocalypse, except perhaps for the thrill of waking up the next day and
discovering that Armageddon did not arrive and we have been spared.
Moscow, July 29 (ENINews)--Patriarch Ilia II of the Georgian Orthodox
Church has called on his Russian Orthodox counterpart to reconcile Russia and
Georgia, which have remained at odds since a short, bloody war in August