PUNE, India (RNS) — As ideas about gender equality spread in India, female clergy are slowly gaining acceptance in the country’s male-dominated religions, solemnizing marriage, birth and death ceremonies for Hindus and adjudicating religious matters for Muslims.
The beleaguered baptist leader should join a 12-step program. It might teach him how to make amends.
(AP) — Pope Francis says he has thought about when it might be time to 'take leave' of his flock.
(RNS) — "We cannot honor our mothers in this #MeToo moment without listening to the cries of generations of women who have suffered sexual violence and domestic abuse because of an unrighteous order that we imagined to be from God," writes Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
(AP) — Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica.
(AP) — The South African Gabola Church, which celebrates the drinking of alcohol, was started eight months ago and has found an enthusiastic following.
(AP) — It’s an incident that has stained the Vatican for 160 years: a 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized.
(RNS) — His conservative Christian faith undergirds his beliefs, which many say are anti-gay and anti-Muslim.
(The Conversation) — The Christian belief in hell has developed over the centuries, influenced by both Jewish and Greek ideas of the afterlife.
(AP) — The religious decree says that buying Facebook 'likes' is prohibited under Islam because it’s a form of fraud and deception.
Post-enlightenment Christians read this as a story of dogma and doubt. But it is actually a story of thanks.
(RNS) — 'I suppose if there is anything I could say I reject, it is the idea that God’s love and acceptance is dependent on our right belief. I no longer see how that could be possible,' said Audrey Assad.
Despite their many similarities, Easter has avoided the controversy that stalks Christmas. Here's why.
Former editor for "The Chicago Tribune" compiles evidence to prove miracles. But is it effective to build a logical case for a mystical event?
(RNS) — Its major symptom is obsession with the new rule on Communion for the divorced and remarried.