Quote of the Day: Bread for the World President David Beckmann

“Churches do their best to cope with need in their communities but the government shutdown and a default on U.S. debt would have economic impacts that would just swamp what we’re doing through our congregations.”
— The Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World, speaking to reporters on a conference call Monday (Sept. 30) about faith leaders’ concerns about a possible government shutdown.

COMMENTARY: Who elected these clowns?

SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) The politicians in Washington who are maneuvering for a federal shutdown should come to Central Park on El Camino Real where real people live, love and value each other instead of trying to tear down the government.

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April 27: Blesseds Pope John Paul II, John XXIII (and Lino Rulli?)

ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2013 – Pope Francis announced today that Blesseds Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. Lino Rulli, author of the new book SAINT, who is also hoping to be canonized, welcomed today’s official news. “If you ask me who my favorite saint is — present company included — the answer will always be John Paul II,” Rulli writes in SAINT. “He’s my model for holiness and eventual sainthood.

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Billy Graham Taught Christians New Ways

Billy Graham was feted in a conference at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in Illinois, September 26-28. Instead of following my usual Sightings approach, which depends on the press and the internet, I’ll lapse back into my old journalistic mode and report, using my own ample notes and impressions.

(RNS) Pope John Paul II participates in a procession in August, 2000. RNS file photo courtesy Universal Press Syndicate.

Pope to canonize John Paul II and John XXIII in April

ROME (RNS) Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014 — a bit of ticket-balancing by Pope Francis, who may be hoping to heal splits in the church by pairing the canonization of a pope who is a hero to the left and one who is a hero to the right.