(RNS) Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and
Vasco da Gama were more like Christian crusaders than greedy mercenaries
or curious adventurers. Other historians, however, remain skeptical.
Tokyo, October 4 (ENInews)--Shigeaki Hinohara, a Japanese Christian doctor who has carved out a reputation as an expert on healthy aging, marked his 100th birthday on October 4 by contemplating the potential for celebrating his 110th.
Jews, Muslims and their allies cheered recently as California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting all local bans on circumcision,
making it illegal for local authorities to restrict the medical or
(RNS) The American Cancer Society has rejected an atheist group's bid to
field a national team to raise money for cancer research, and organizers
suspect it's because of the volunteers' godless beliefs.
(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops, concerned about Obama administration
policies on birth control and gay rights that they say see as an
unprecedented "assault" on the rights of faith groups, have established
a watchdog panel to combat threats to "religious freedom."
There is an 80 percent chance that later in this century a megadrought will plague the American Southwest for decades, according to a study released by researchers at NASA and at Columbia and Cornell universities. The drought will be caused by reduced precipitation and changes in evaporation rates. The researchers say other factors, such as the El Niño weather pattern, could interrupt long periods of severe drought. The researchers say there is time to reduce the factors contributing to climate change (Washington Post, February 12).