(RNS) “Mr. Graham was alert and in good spirits during his stay,” said Dr. William R. Hathaway, chief medical officer at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. “We are pleased with the results of Mr. Graham’s evaluation.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Iranian government sentenced Abedini to eight years in prison after convicting him of “undermining” the government by spreading his religious beliefs.
(RNS) A survey of 916 gay and lesbian couples found that religious leaders officiated at just one in four same-sex marriages, and that only 12 percent of ceremonies were held in religious spaces.
(RNS) “It’s bringing awareness to true beauty and to taking off the mask,” said coordinator Becca Daniel. “I believe that there’s a need because of the culture that we live in. It’s just very much beauty-saturated: ‘beauty’ meaning what’s on the outside.”
(RNS) More than a third of U.S. Catholic parishes are multicultural, according to a study by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
(RNS) Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden,” is responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria, according to the State Department.
Many at the event told stories of having themselves immigrated or having friends endure the pains of familial separation due to the immigration system.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “We know that Martin Luther King Jr., were he here today, would be standing here with us," said the Rev. Barbara Williams Skinner, co-chair of the National African American Clergy Network. "Cesar Chavez would be standing with us and Gandhi would be standing with us. We think that’s enough power to change the Congress.”
Online education is growing as seminaries expand their programs to reach students who are unable or unwilling to uproot their lives for a traditional on-campus experience.
(RNS) So far, six episodes are planned, although the Church Hoppers said they hope to film additional shows. Their targets include a Full Gospel church, a biker church, a cowboy church and even a synagogue.
(RNS) The ban was met with opposition from the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, which sent the school board a letter charging that the district lawyer who advised the ban had misunderstood federal rulings on related cases.
(RNS) "Even though it is a Greek Orthodox church, it will be open to all people of all faiths, a place of solace for them," said the Rev. Mark Arey, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As home-schooling slowly becomes more mainstream, most parents cite the environment of public schools, not religious belief, as the main reason behind their decision to home-school.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The percentage of a church member’s income given to churches dropped to 2.3 percent in 2011, down from 2.4 percent in 2010.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “We really can now move forward without worrying about being shut down,” said Deacon Mark Coudrain, manager of St. Joseph Woodworks in Covington, La.
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