Quote of the Day: Former Pope Benedict XVI

“The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculations regarding its validity are simply absurd.” — Pope Benedict XVI, in an interview with La Stampa, one year after he formally resigned from the papacy.


Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – February 28

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information.   Show #1726 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on February 28 (check local listings). Program Note: due to pledge, please be sure to check the local listings. Solitary Confinement – The debate over whether some prisoners should be locked up by themselves heated up this week as a Senate subcommittee held hearings on the practice and the New York State prison system agreed to new guidelines for the maximum length of time prisoners may be placed in solitary. Meanwhile, a growing faith-based movement says the abuse of solitary confinement violates religious values.


Journalists, editors eligible for $5,000 scholarships for religion courses

(Columbia, Mo.) — RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS invites journalists to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time. Religion headlines are dominating news coverage—politics, religion, Islam in America — now is the perfect time to dig deeper into today’s hottest stories. More than 260 people have already taken advantage of RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS’ Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program for Journalists. Topics reporters have studied include: Islamic Movements, God & Politics, Religion & Conflict Resolution, Politics of International Religious Freedom, Buddhism in the West, Violence and Liberation, Muslim-Christian Relations in World History and many more.