(RNS) “I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount,” Castro once said.
CAIRO (RNS) The Maspero Youth Union, formed to fight for civil rights, rejects the mostly passive role Copts played before the revolution, when the church’s patriarch served as proxy for the Coptic community in all matters political.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church on his last day in communist Cuba. Around 300,000 people turned up for a papal Mass in Revolution Square in Havana, just before an unscheduled but much-anticipated meeting with Fidel Castro. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A group of theologians who advise the Vatican on faith matters says bishops must have the last word when it comes to affirming the "authentic interpretation" of Christian beliefs. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two new exhibits in Rome offer delights for Christian history buffs. One displays documents from the storied Vatican Secret Archive, and the other is dedicated to the Bible, and displays more than 150 rare biblical texts and artifacts. By Alessandro Speciale.