EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (RNS) After the city's director of emergency services delivered an opening prayer, the City Council took up some standard issues -- maintenance of a traffic light, filling in a pot hole.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will hold talks with gay rights leader Peter Tatchell on Thursday (April 18), less than a month after the Australian-born activist called Welby "homophobic" for his opposition to same-sex marriage.
(RNS) With the help of pagans, Jains and people of a range of other faiths, the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions has raised more than $144,000 in two weeks using a crowdsourcing campaign in a desperate bid to survive a financial crisis.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Clergy from California to Connecticut created a makeshift graveyard symbolizing victims of gun violence on the National Mall on Thursday (April 11) as they exhorted Congress to pass legislation to limit access to firearms.
NEW YORK (RNS) A gay man ousted from posts at his Long Island parish after a critic complained that he had married his partner delivered a petition with more than 18,000 signatures on Thursday (April 11) to Bishop William Murphy, asking to be reinstated.
As he gathered with clergy at the White House on a Friday in early April, President Obama recounted personal details of his recent Holy Land trip, calling it a chance to experience “the eternal spirit of Easter” and feel closer to Jesus.
Before the U.S. Senate failed April 17 to gain enough backing to pass a gun control bill, Catholic bishops joined other religious leaders in pushing for reform via e-mail blasts and Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Many religious people count on God’s forgiveness, but find it difficult to put aside feelings of bitterness and resentment to pardon others.
Trustees of Liberty University have changed the Christian school’s weapons policy to allow students, staff and visitors with concealed-carry permits to bring weapons into all campus facilities except for dormitories.
The policy went into effect March 22, after trustees reportedly voted unanimously to loosen a previous policy where guns were allowed on campus but not inside buildings.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A White House advisory council of religious leaders called for a global fund to address human trafficking and urged a new labeling system to help identify consumer goods that were not created with slave labor.
Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Roman Catholic Church to act “with determination” against the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the church for more than a decade.
It is one of the first actions on a major issue in Francis’s weeks-old papacy, one that has been marked chiefly by attention to his humble, low-key style.
Jeff Zarrillo brought his case for gay marriage to the Supreme Court in late March because, he said, “the court is supposed to step in and protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.” Edith Windsor brought her case for same-sex spousal benefits to the high court because, she said, “from my fourth-grade civics class, I somehow trust the Supreme Court to bring justice.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research.