Catholics

Catholics Shouldn’t Try To Convert Jews, Says New Vatican Document

12/13/2015 - 19:00
RNS

Vatican City - The Vatican has said that Catholics should witness to their faith but not undertake organized efforts to convert Jews, a significant step forward in the once tense relations between the two faiths.

Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 26, 2014. RNS

Americans Have A Long History Of Negative Policies Toward Refugees, Immigrants (COMMENTARY)

11/18/2015 - 19:00
RNS

After Friday’s murderous attacks in Paris, more than half of America’s governors are voicing opposition to admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees to this country. In response, federal security officials have assured an uneasy public that all refugees will be fully vetted to prevent terrorists or criminals from entering the United States.

A Syrian refugee holds a baby at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, on Nov. 5, 2015. RNS

Americans View Jews, Christians Warmly; Atheists, Muslims Get Cold Shoulder

07/15/2014 - 20:00

WASHINGTON We like ourselves!

A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers.

Why I Love Ash Wednesday

I live in Hoboken, a town of churches (and 1 synagogue – hi, Rabbi Scheinberg!) This small city’s Catholic character is obvious to any casual visitor, and certainly struck us strongly when we were scouting the place out and toured many apartments for sale above whose pristine beds, plumped up attractively for prospective buyers, sat crucifixes large and small. In fact, one of my neighbors has in her living room two huge portraits: one of Frank Sinatra, and one of the Pope.

A Catholic woman prays with an ash cross on her forehead in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Getty Images

iPhone Apps and Religion

I've written several times about how technology is changing the global Jewish community, but I haven't looked at other religious groups. Jamshid Ghazi Askar contacted me recently about an article he was writing on how different religious groups are using new technology like iPhone apps. It is interesting to hear how Mormons and Catholics are taking advantage of mobile apps in their faith communities.

Different faith groups take advantage of mobile technology and video streaming.
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