(RNS) Tithing to U.S. Protestant churches as a percentage of income is
at its lowest level in at least 41 years, according to a new report, and
churches are keeping a greater share of those donations for their own
Andrew Greeley is one of the best-known priests in America: a
respected and influential sociologist, a best-selling novelist and an
outspoken commentator on public and church issues for some 50 years.
Harare, Zimbabwe, October 14 (ENInews)--Zimbabwe's high court has ordered Anglican Church staffers back at a mission hospital from where they were evicted by an excommunicated bishop last month and order another renegade bishop to hand back control of a church building.
(RNS) More than one-third of Americans now oppose the death penalty --
the highest level in nearly 40 years -- according to a new Gallup Poll.
Moreover, those who believe the death penalty is being applied
fairly, and those who say it isn't used often enough, are at the lowest
levels in a decade, underscoring significant changes in attitudes.
Eleven-year-old Sarai Camacho of Donna, Texas, tears up when she
tells why her mother let the babysitter go for her and her younger
sister this summer. It's the same reason her father brought the family
to Indiana so he could work the melon fields for a season.
(RNS) Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Mo., has been charged with
failing to report the suspected abuse of a child, making him the first
active bishop in the United States to face criminal prosecution over the
sexual abuse of children by a priest.
As waves of demonstrators descended on New York City to unite with others to protest corporate greed, they were met by typical sounds of raucous youth-led protests: drum beats, police sirens and shouted political slogans. They didn't expect to hear hymns.
Mormon leaders are surveying members about their readership of key websites and Mormon writers, a move that reflects the faith's growing interest in managing its public image as two Mormon candidates compete for the Republican presidential nomination.
Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist who helped bring her country out of a brutal civil war and one of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, says the best way to achieve global peace is to start in local communities.
As Egypt approaches the anniversary of the protest movement that overthrew former president Hosni Mubarak, the country still finds itself torn by sectarian violence. On October 9, a demonstration in Cairo protesting an attack against a Coptic church in the Aswan province erupted into the worst violence since Mubarak's ouster in February.
President Obama formally extended his ear to evangelicals ahead of
the 2012 election, meeting with top leaders of the National Association
of Evangelicals in the White House for about 30 minutes in mid-October.
A city court in Washington, D.C., has dropped charges against a group
of religious and civic leaders who were arrested in July during a
prayer vigil for the poor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The vigil, held
at the height of the summer's debt ceiling debate, was aimed at stopping
Congress from cutting funding to programs that benefit the most needy
in the U.S. and abroad.