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Tom Heneghan

Tom Heneghan is an author at Religion News Service.

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‘Neo-Protestant’ challenge seen in France’s political upheaval

September 12, 2017

PARIS (RNS) — A leading French commentator sees a ‘neo-Protestant’ challenge to France’s traditional ‘Catholic/secular’ political culture, transforming politics from behind-the-scenes battling among elites to more open and transparent governance.

Scientists, theologians ponder if latest biological findings are more compatible with religion

July 28, 2017

OXFORD, England (RNS) — Exciting progress in biology in recent decades may be building up a third new phase in the scientific explanation of life, according to thinkers gathered at a University of Oxford conference last week.

Reformed churches endorse Catholic-Lutheran accord on key Reformation dispute

July 6, 2017

PARIS (RNS) Five hundred years after the Reformation, one of Protestantism’s leading branches has officially said it now agrees with the Vatican on the main issue at the root of its split from the Roman Catholic Church.

Haunted by its history, Berlin debates whether to restore the kaiser’s gilded cross

June 7, 2017

(RNS) The reconstruction of the City Palace (Stadtschloss), the central Berlin winter residence of kings and kaisers, is raising all kinds of questions about Berlin’s relationship to its past.

VW’s ‘dieselgate’ poses ethical challenge for German Protestants

May 23, 2017

(RNS) ‘Kein Ablass für Abgas!’ (No indulgences for exhaust fumes), a pastor wrote about the German carmaker providing the official vehicle fleet for a biannual church assembly.

French clerics’ stands on Le Pen populism range from resistance to reserve

May 4, 2017

PARIS (RNS) Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders — representing religious minorities in France — have come out against anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen. The Roman Catholic Church remains officially neutral.

Turkish-financed mosques in Europe allegedly spying for Erdogan

April 19, 2017

PARIS (RNS) European lawmakers are calling for tighter restrictions on the mosques, which critics say keep diaspora Turks from fully integrating.

Paris conference on deposing a heretical pope looks to the past, not the present

April 3, 2017

PARIS (RNS) It looked as if the two-day meeting in Paris could be the place where the next steps in the campaign against the pope were being worked out. It turned out to be nothing of the sort.

Religion emerges in secular French politics as presidential campaign heats up

March 24, 2017

PARIS (RNS) Playing the religion card openly is rare in France, where secularism is normally taken so seriously that politicians rarely if ever mention their faith in public. But this election is not taking place in normal times.

ISIS’s intriguing silence about Donald Trump’s approach to Muslims

March 17, 2017

PARIS (RNS) With his anti-Muslim rhetoric and planned travel bans, you’d think President Trump would be a favorite target for Islamic State’s propaganda. Well, think again.

Trump’s wish to ban Muslim immigration is widely shared in Europe

February 14, 2017

PARIS (RNS) Majorities across Europe are deeply concerned about Muslim immigration and support an immediate end to it, even as voters think the Muslim populations in their countries are much higher than they really are.

How a toy figure of Martin Luther sparked accusations of anti-Semitism

January 4, 2017

(RNS) This was not at all supposed to be what the cute little figure was about.

Catholic priest’s appointment as university president stuns French

December 22, 2016

PARIS (RNS) Almost anywhere else in France, a theologian could not have even been hired as a lecturer, much less rise to become a university president.

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

December 14, 2016

PARIS (RNS) The bill would allow abortion rights activists to sue websites that promote alternatives to ending a pregnancy or discuss abortion’s possible psychological effects.

German Protestants officially renounce converting Jews to Christianity

November 17, 2016

(RNS) Abandoning the ‘Judenmission,’ which effectively ended in the decades after the Holocaust, should have been a formality.

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