Caleb K. Bell is an author at Religion News Service.
Retreats aim to help LGBT youth recapture some of their broken spirituality
NEW YORK (RNS) Each year, Reciprocity retreats allow “students” to practice yoga and meditation, which aim to help restore an element of spirituality that is often broken or damaged.
Obama praises Boston for overcoming the ‘face of evil’
President Obama praised Bostonians for standing up “in the face of evil” at an interfaith prayer service following Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
Evangelicals see promise in immigration proposal
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals’ tentative endorsement of the Senate’s immigration blueprint could be key because more than any other religious group, white evangelicals harbor the most reservations about opening citizenship to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.
Obama awards Catholic army chaplain Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (RNS) A candidate for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama Thursday (April 11) at the White House.
Possible saint gets a big military honor from White House
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama will award the Medal of Honor this week to an Army chaplain who died in a POW camp during the Korean War — a pretty big deal if Emil Kapaun wasn’t already a candidate for sainthood
Poll: Americans love the Bible but don’t read it much
(RNS) More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on a culture in moral decline, yet only one in five Americans read the Bible on a regular basis, according to a new survey.
Lego says its Jabba the Hutt set isn’t anti-Muslim
(RNS) Lego is defending its Star Wars-based Jabba the Hutt toy set after recently being accused of racism by a Turkish cultural group.
Scholars piece together a ‘new’ New Testament
(RNS) Though the project may seem heretical to some Christians, a group of scholars has added 10 new texts to the New Testament, including some that were rejected by the early church and others that just came to light in the last century.
Interfaith clergy deliver loaves and fish to budget debate
(RNS) Surrounded by baskets of fish and bread, with the Capitol at their backs, clergy attacked the Republican budget plan that came before the House on Wednesday.
‘The Bible’ producers deny their Satan resembles Obama
(RNS) The producers of History channel’s “The Bible” fended off claims Monday (March 18) that the actor who plays Satan in the miniseries resembles President Barack Obama.
Reactions to Pope Francis’ election
“The Catholic University of America is proud to congratulate Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as Pope. … We pray that the Catholic Church will grow under his guidance in wisdom and Christ’s grace. And we hope to welcome him to our campus some day.” — John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America […]
A new pope, a new name: Here’s some popular picks to choose from
One of the first acts of the new pope will be to chose a new name. Here’s a list of the most popular (and most unique) papal names to help him get started.