Military chaplains may officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies on
and off military bases, the Pentagon has announced, in a move that
closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members.
Rome, September 30 (ENInews)--Pope Benedict XVI met with Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church's chief ecumenical affairs officer, in what Hilarion said afterwards could be a precursor to the first-ever meeting between Benedict and the Russian church's Patriarch Kirill.
NEW ORLEANS(RNS) Minister Ray Cannata's mission is almost complete.
Four years ago he set out to eat at every restaurant in New Orleans.
By mid-September, he'd already checked 719 eateries off his list and
only had 10 meals to go before the ceremonial conclusion of his quest on
Oct. 21, when he'll have dined in 729 establishments.
Back in 1905, Max Weber's landmark treatise, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, argued that a Calvinist belief in God's plan for the saved was crucial to the rise of capitalism because it inspired individuals to work hard and earn money as a sign of divine blessing on their lives.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Oct. 5.) will hear one
of most important religion cases in decades, centered on the degree to
which religious institutions should be exempt from anti-discrimination
The case started at a Lutheran elementary school in Michigan where a
teacher claimed she was fired in violation of the Americans With
A United Methodist group of large-church pastors, joined by hundreds of petition-signing clergy and laity, are urging the denomination's bishops to issue a collective warning to some 900 "defiant" clergy who have declared their intention to bless same-sex unions or marriages.
(RNS) Is Catholic opposition to the death penalty losing traction as
opposition to abortion, gay marriage, contraception and other causes
become the defining "pro-life" issues for the American hierarchy?
WAHSINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied Wednesday (Sept.
28) around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has
refused to recant his Christian faith in the overwhelmingly Muslim
The British-based group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has asked
international supporters to urge Iranian officials to halt plans to
execute Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.
A Hungarian church leader has welcomed the fulfillment of state pledges to restore church properties to religious communities six decades after they were confiscated by the country's communist regime. "This is the only area of church-state relations which has gone well in recent years.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (RNS) An alternative sentencing plan that would give
inmates the choice between time in jail or a year in church will be
delayed for several weeks while lawyers review it to make sure there are
no legal issues.