c. 2012 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES (RNS) Mention the word "exorcism" to most people, and you get descriptions of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing serpentine tongues. But don't expect to see these eye-popping visual effects in this summer's stage version of "The Exorcist" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
c. 2012 Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) When it comes time for family study hour at Chad and Charlotte Tate's home in Huntsville, Ala., Evan, 18 months, is quick to grab her Bible and climb onto her seat at the table.
As Jehovah's Witnesses, the Tates believe it's never too early to help children begin learning the Bible.
Pope Benedict XVI has tapped a fellow German to lead the Vatican doctrinal office he headed for 24 years before being elected to the papacy. The Vatican announced July 2 that Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller will replace U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, 76, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
c. 2012 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) As European financial regulators meet in Strasbourg, France, the Vatican is bracing for a decision that could determine the success of its years-long drive to adopt international financial transparency standards -- and along the way help restore the reputation of the scandal-plagued institution.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of Catholic nuns ended its nine-state bus tour here Monday (July 2), speaking out against a Republican federal budget proposal they say favors wealthy Americans at the expense of poor families.
Whenever Americans celebrate flag-waving holidays, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks and fanfare to express their outsized patriotism. Love of the U.S.A., they believe, stretches beyond appreciation and gratitude. It is theological, prescribed in holy writ.