UK judge: Council discriminated in removing bus ads promoting Franklin Graham festival
(RNS) — The judge said the borough council’s actions ‘discriminated on the ground of religion’ and showed ‘wholesale disregard for the right to freedom of expression.’
Why parts of Good Friday worship have been controversial
(The Conversation) — Prayers for Jews and veneration of the cross are often misunderstood as anti-Semitic or racist.
ASL Bible shows that God speaks in sign languages too
(RNS) — Millions of American churchgoers have been without access to the Bible in their native language.
Vatican makes moral case for supporting people displaced by climate change
(RNS) — Local Catholic groups are invited in a new Vatical document to establish ‘solidarity networks’ to ensure migrants’ dignity ‘in all phases of displacement.’
Barack Obama’s beloved step-grandmother, a Muslim and philanthropist, dies in Kenya at 99
(RNS) — The family matriarch and celebrated philanthropist was open to all faiths, religious leaders here have said.
Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Two attackers believed to belong to a network that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State blew themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass.
British judge unfreezes assets of key figure in Vatican financial scandal
(RNS) — The judge ruled that there is no ‘reasonable cause’ to believe that Gianluigi Torzi, who was arrested by the Vatican last year, has benefited from criminal conduct.
Pope Francis honors Dante Alighieri on 7th centenary of ‘prophetic’ poet’s death
(RNS) — Francis paid homage to Dante in an apostolic letter, citing the poet’s hope for reform in the church.
The US needs an ambassador to the Holy See
(RNS) — Joe Biden will soon be the first Catholic president to nominate an ambassador to the Holy See, something that in earlier days would have been anathema to American Protestants who feared the papacy’s political and religious power.
Pope Francis reduces cardinal wages as Vatican finances struggle due to pandemic
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In its financial budget for 2021, the Vatican announced that the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vatican coffers amounts to more than $60 million.
It’s the Vatican’s LGBTQ theology that is ‘disordered’
(RNS) — The outpouring of painful reactions demonstrates the limits of Pope Francis’ welcoming gestures toward LGBTQ people and is a stark reminder that my church continues to deny people their full humanity.
Joyful noise or meditative hum, sound resets the mind for faith
(RNS) — Sound acts as a tether for the mind in the same way the breath or a mantra is used in other forms of meditation.
Tanzania’s first female president takes office, breaking new ground for women in hijab
(RNS) — Samia Suluhu Hassan is the second Muslim woman who wears hijab to become president of a country in which Muslims are a minority.
US Air Force pulls firing range near a Scottish Buddhist monastery
(RNS) — The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Europe’s oldest, largest Tibetan monastery and home to more than 60 monks and volunteers.
Vatican cardinals defend gay union blessing ban amid dissent
ROME (AP) — Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s development office, pointed to Francis’ pastoral outreach to gay men and lesbians but repeated the church’s position.