Holy smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is saying ‘Just Say No’ to cigarettes.
Is America losing its religion of football?
Critics and defenders of the sport and business of football, from the grade school level to the National Football League’s market-religious status, agreed that science and media interests have converged to appeal to the public conscience.
In the fight to preserve health care, we have to lay our bodies on the line
(RNS) — In the fight to ensure that more than 20 million Americans don’t lose the lifesaving care they so desperately need, people of faith have to be willing to put their bodies on the line.
Attending church is good for your health. Now what?
(RNS) Even as the studies pile up and the literature appears close to conclusive, many questions about the association between religious service attendance and health have yet to be answered.
In Ramadan, Muslim diabetics toe a fine line
(RNS) Though most doctors and religious scholars advise Muslim diabetics not to fast, many still do.
Frail Mormon prophet Monson no longer goes to office regularly, confers with counselors ‘as needed’
SALT LAKE CITY (SLT) This marks a public change from what Mormon officials reported last fall, stating then that their prophet-leader went to the office every day and attended top-level church meetings in which he led the discussions and made decisions.
Religion may be a miracle drug
Church attendance is correlated with longer life and a sense of meaning.
Doctors at Catholic hospitals may be unable to refer women for services
(Reuters Health) According to interviews with U.S. physicians, some Roman Catholic hospitals not only refuse to provide some women’s health services such as abortion, but may also prevent doctors from referring women to facilities that would provide them.
Highly religious people say they’re happier, too, survey finds
(RNS) Pew Research finds key similarities and surprising differences among the highly religious and those who are less so.
Bread for the World puts price tag on hunger: $160 billion in health care
WASHINGTON (RNS) The leader of Bread for the World compared the U.S. rates of infant mortality to a “massive terrorist attack” as he released the Christian anti-hunger group’s annual report Monday that showed the costs of hunger in this country.
Pope Francis stumbles in church for second time in three days
The pope lost part of one lung to disease as a young man and is known to suffer some leg pain due to sciatica, for which he undergoes regular therapy and which might explain his apparent trouble climbing steps.
Pope Francis has a brain tumor? Sharp denials amid synod silly season
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday categorically denied a story from an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, calling the report “unfounded” and “seriously irresponsible.”
Skyping with spirit: Chaplains use computers to support the seriously ill
Chaplains of diverse affiliations across the country respond to requests for support within 24 hours. “We face our own frailty, and people want an answer and to be able to talk it out,” said one chaplaincy service executive.
Broad coalition says contraception mandate a religious liberty threat
WASHINGTON (RNS) A broad coalition spearheaded by Catholics and Southern Baptists is pushing back against the Obama administration’s final contraception mandate rules, calling it a threat to religious liberty for people of all faiths.
White House denies contraception exemption to private businesses
(RNS) The new rules do not apply to private businesses whose owners have religious or moral obligations to contraception — and that issue has already been a major battleground in federal courts.