SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday was declared the first Native American saint, and while some see her story as an affirmation of Native Americans' place in the Catholic Church, others view it as the result of the excesses and arrogance of colonialism. By Renee K. Gadoua.
KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (RNS) With the Oct. 21 canonization of Mother Marianne Cope at the Vatican, the remaining patients at the Hawaiian leper colony where she worked want to ensure their stories are recorded and their home preserved. By Renee K. Gadoua.
(RNS) Hundreds of pilgrims are visiting the upstate New York shrine to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Native American woman who will become the Catholic Church's first Native American saint this October. By Renee K. Gadoua.
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Rev. Michael Dowd’s Dodge Sprinter van bears an image of kissing fish. The fish, labeled “Darwin” and “Jesus,” reflect his belief that evolution is sacred and that science and religion go hand in hand. “I’m not into reconciling science and religion,” said Dowd, 49, a former believer in […]
c. 2008 Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Jakada Makkah Bey begins Friday prayer services for this city’s Moorish Science Temple of America by raising all five fingers on his left hand and two on his right. “Seven is a perfect number,” he says. “Our goal is to perfect our ways. Our ultimate goal is […]
c. 2006 Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ A Catholic priest says Catholic Relief Services has dismissed him from its volunteer program in Africa because he is openly gay. “They said I was an openly gay priest with a high profile. They said a controversial figure would not be in their best interests,” said the […]
c. 2006 Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ A New York priest who is one of the few openly gay Catholic priests in the world will spend 18 months in Lesotho, southern Africa, ministering to people with HIV and AIDS. The Rev. Fred Daley said he initiated the assignment and it is not a punishment […]
c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were alive today, he would probably watch the “Dr. Phil” show, says a Peoria, Ill., priest researching the late Catholic leader. And he’d be reading M. Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Traveled” and Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life,” said Monsignor Richard Soseman. “He […]
c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Mother Marianne Cope, a German-born nun who was raised in Utica, N.Y., and worked with lepers in Hawaii, is one step closer to sainthood after she was beatified by the Catholic Church on Saturday (May 14). At the end of the formal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, […]