(RNS) More than 1,800 people have signed a petition asking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to “reconsider” his appointment of Zuhdi Jasser, a prominent critic of Islam, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. By Omar Sacribey.
JERUSALEM (RNS) During Holy Week, Christians remember the familiar story of Jesus's death and resurrection. But exactly where does that story take place? The Bible offers only a few clues, and different groups of Christians have their own answers. By Kim Lawton.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) As Christians prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, Bart Ehrman, an agnostic, convincingly demonstrates there was a historical Jesus. As for the “mythicists” who argue otherwise — many of them his biggest fans — Ehrman has some choice words: “sensationalist,” “wrongheaded” and “amateurish.” By Yonat Shimron.
(RNS) This year's Holy Week pilgrimage will have unusual irony, for the centralized institutions that took control of the Christian message and tried to rule the world now find themselves under assault by the same decentralizing and freedom-seeking that Jesus expressed. By Tom Ehrich.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has asked a couple who has been married for nearly 50 years to write the text of this year's traditional Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) Jean Younis is a Christian but she's donning a headscarf to stand in solidarity with Shaima Alawadi, the Iraqi immigrant and mother of five who died March 24 three days after being beaten in her home in El Cajon, Calif. By Omar Sacirbey
(RNS) When Jewish families sit down for the Passover seder on April 6, it's a safe bet that they'll eat matzo and ask the traditional Four Questions. It's less likely that they'll be hitting one another with scallions (although Iraqi Jews will) or following the Syrian tradition of saving a bit of matzo as a talisman for safe travels. By Debra Rubin.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) For nearly a century, the stained glass portrait of St. Patrick looked down on parishioners — as if from the heavens — from the massive nave of the sacred Heart church in this city's Vailsburg neighborhood.
JERUSALEM (RNS) While Passover cleaning has been around since the Israelites fled from bondage in Egypt, some say the lengths to which many modern Jewish families go to avoid the smallest piece of leavened material has turned the “festival of freedom” into a season of domestic slavery. By Michele Chabin.
(RNS) Faith leaders delivered more than 230,000 signatures to the office of Village Voice Media, demanding they shut down the adult advertising section on their website, Backpage.com, where advertisements for sex with underage minors have appeared. By Annalisa Musarra.
(RNS) A plastic surgeon in Miami who's also an Orthodox Jew is in trouble after commissioning an Orthodox Jewish band to do a music video about rhinoplasty called “Jewcan Sam” which has gone viral on YouTube. By Lauren Markoe.
NEW YORK (RNS) The 2012 Templeton Prize, which recognizes “spiritual progress” in the world, was awarded to the Dalai Lama for his long-standing support of the engagement of religion and science. By Chris Herlinger.
(RNS) Before we get swept up in romanticized versions of the tragedy of the Titanic 100 years ago, we need to remember what really happened and recall the biblical words of Proverbs: “Pride goes before destruction.” By A. James Rudin.