(RNS) Pastor Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the “Snake Salvation” reality television show, died Saturday (Feb. 15) after suffering a snakebite during a church service. He was 42.
Seated at a table with other chaplains who have comforted grieving military families, retired army chaplain John Schumacher held the red rose in his hands before he passed it along, pausing to remember those who had died on the battlefield.
After the Spanish government recently announced it would grant citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain five centuries ago, Amit Winder of Tel Aviv began dreaming of a bright future on the Costa del Sol.
BRUSSELS (RNS) In the first meeting of its kind, members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom met with the European Parliament’s working group on freedom of religion or belief to explore opportunities for trans-Atlantic and international cooperation.
A United Nations panel has accused the Vatican of protecting itself rather than victims of sexual abuse, and it called on the Holy See to create an “independent mechanism” to investigate new charges of abuse.
(RNS) Happy Darwin Day! A time to play pin the tail on the sparrow, partake of “phylum feasts” (potluck dinners where the ingredients come from many different species), and generally give a thumbs-up to evolution’s godfather, Charles Darwin, on his 205th birthday, Feb. 12.