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Saudi Court Sentences 75-year-old Widow to Lashes

Posted: 03/10/2009 - A 75-year-old widow in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 40 lashes and four months in jail for mingling with two young men who are not close relatives, drawing new criticism for the Islamic kingdom's religious police and judiciary.

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Pope's Swiss Envoy Criticizes Liberal Catholics

Posted: 03/10/2009 - The Pope's envoy to Switzerland has criticized liberal Catholics for protesting the church's leadership on issues such as sexuality and women's equality.

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Ethnic Churches in Cleveland Fear Closure

Posted: 03/10/2009 - As Cleveland's Roman Catholic Diocese prepares to announce which parishes must close or merge, those most at risk may be the 51 nationality parishes that cater to specific ethnic groups such as Polish-Americans and Irish-Americans.

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St. Louis Cleric Stripped of Priestly Status

Posted: 03/10/2009 - A priest who defied his Roman Catholic bishop in 2005 to become pastor of a St. Louis parish at odds with the archdiocese has been removed from the priesthood.

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Large Buddhist Statue Planned in Tulsa

Posted: 03/10/2009 - In Tulsa, Okla., the Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple wants to build a 49-foot-tall granite statue of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am.

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Judges Weigh Whether Utah Crosses Are Secular

Posted: 03/10/2009 - A federal appeals court is weighing a lawsuit over Utah's use of privately funded crosses for roadside memorials honoring fallen highway patrol officers.

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Stem Cell Decision Exposes Religious Divide

Posted: 03/10/2009 - While some faith traditions maintain thatembryonic stem cell research amounts to killing innocent life, others cite the moral imperative to alleviate suffering.

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Stem Cell Debate Hinges on Humanity of The Embryo

Posted: 03/10/2009 - In ordering that federal funds pay for embryonic stem cell research, President Barack Obama called himself "a person of faith" who believes "we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering."

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Pope to Visit Holy Land On May 8-15

Posted: 03/09/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI says he'll visit the Holy Land on May 8-15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000.

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More Americans Say They Have No Religion

Posted: 03/09/2009 - A wide-ranging study on American religious life suggests that the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

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Sex Abuse Victims Blast NYC's New Archbishop

Posted: 03/06/2009 - A group representing sex abuse survivors says the man chosen to head the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York hasn't done enough to address the problem of abusive priests.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Scholar's Son Arrested

Posted: 03/06/2009 - The son of a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar has been charged with using stolen identities on the Internet to trash an academic rival of his father.

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Incoming Archbishop Joins Abortion Protest in Ohio

Posted: 03/06/2009 - The incoming head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has joined about 200 protesters outside a suburban Dayton abortion clinic, leading them in prayers.

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