from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

An angle that didn’t belong

June 17, 2011

Pope's Berlin mass moved to Nazi Olympic site

BERLIN (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's mass in his homeland has been moved due to high demand, the Berlin archdiocese said on Wednesday, and will now take place in Berlin's Nazi-built Olympic Stadium.

from FaithWorld:

“Mormon question” may again dog Mitt Romney’s U.S. presidential bid

By Reuters Staff
June 10, 2011

(U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks to supporters in Detroit, Michigan June 9, 2011/Rebecca Cook)

from FaithWorld:

Pity the pandering U.S. candidate

June 9, 2011

Politicians pandering for votes on conservative family values issues may want to think again.

from FaithWorld:

Prayers and religious terms removed from Texas public school graduation

By Reuters Staff
June 1, 2011

(High school graduates, 25 May 2007 /Chris Moncus)

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a high school graduation in a suburb of San Antonio, Texas may not include an opening and closing prayer or the words "invocation" or "benediction." District Judge Fred Biery ruled on Tuesday that using those words would make it sound like Castroville's Medina Valley High School is "sponsoring a religion."

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Why are you still yammering?

May 25, 2011

Okay, I have a serious bone to pick with the news media.

It is being widely reported that the evangelical Christian broadcaster whose Judgment Day prophecy went embarrassingly unfulfilled on Saturday has explained that he miscalculated, and the actual Apocalypse will happen later.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Six ways I know the world isn’t ending

May 21, 2011

Okay, everybody I know has asked me about these nutjobs who say a huge earthquake will shake the world today, sweeping true believers to heaven and leaving others behind to be engulfed in the earth's destruction over a few months.

from Our Take on Your Take:

Citizen religion

May 20, 2011

From Sri Lanka to Spain, this week's selection of images submitted to Your View depict a wide range of religions. Buddhist Sri Lankans lit candles to mark Vesak Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, whereas penitents in Spain marked Holy Week with a procession.

from FaithWorld:

Heaven is a fairy tale, says British physicist Stephen Hawking

By Reuters Staff
May 16, 2011

(Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking speaks at Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics in Kitchener, Canada, June 20, 2010/Sheryl Nadler)

from Photographers' Blog:

How I became a pilgrim

May 10, 2011

I grew up in a country with deep Catholic traditions. I was just a year old in 1978 when Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II. It was a huge surprise in the then‐communist country, a satellite of the Soviet Union, that a son of Polish soil could become the head of the Catholic Church - which was painfully divided by the Iron Curtain.

from FaithWorld:

Rare rally tests Vietnam’s religious tolerance

May 6, 2011

(Catholic seminarians attend Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi April 24, 2011/Kham)