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Former British Leader Says 21st Century Needs Faith

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Tony Blair says that while religious extremists sow discord, religion can be a force for good when people of different faiths cooperate and try to understand each other.

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Obama Calls for Policy on Faith-Based Hiring

Posted: 02/06/2009 - President Barack Obama has asked White House lawyers and the Justice Department to write a policy to address the question of hiring by tax-funded religious charities.

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Tear Gas Tossed at Vatican's Mission in Caracas

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Assailants have lobbed three tear-gas canisters at the Vatican mission in Caracas, Venezuela -- one of numerous attacks that have prompted the mission to request state protection.

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Cincinnati Archbishop Blasts 'sexploration'

Posted: 02/05/2009 - The head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati says a week of activities focusing on sex education at the University of Cincinnati is "profoundly disturbing."

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Episcopal Church Upholds Bishop's Ouster

Posted: 02/05/2009 - An Episcopal Church panel has upheld its decision to defrock Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison for covering up his brother's sexual assaults on a teenage girl in the 1970s.

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Vatican: Holocaust Denier Must Recant

Posted: 02/05/2009 - The Vatican is now demanding that a prelate who denied the scope of the Holocaust recant before being fullyadmitted as a bishop into the Roman Catholic Church.

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Police Chaplain Prayer Bill Passes Virginia House

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a bill reversing an administrative order that State Police chaplains offer non-denominational prayers at official events.

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Obama to Meet with New Faith-based Advisory Council

Posted: 02/05/2009 - After speaking at this morning's National Prayer Breakfast, President Barack Obama is to meet with his new advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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Obama Says Faith Shouldn't Be Used to Divide

Posted: 02/05/2009 - President Barack Obama is telling the National Prayer Breakfast that even though faith too often has been used "as a tool to divide us from one another," there is no religion in the world that is based on hatred.

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Merkel: Pope Must Clarify Holocaust Stance

Posted: 02/05/2009 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Benedict should make a "very clear" rejection of Holocaust denials by a former bishop who was rehabilitated by the Vatican.

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Debate Rages over Hebrew Charter School

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Two years after the debut of a controversial public school focusing on Arabic language and culture, a Hebrew language charter school is opening in New York City, stoking further debate about the purpose of a public school education.

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Appeals Court Reviews Texas' Minute-of-Silence Law

Posted: 02/05/2009 - The Texas attorney general's office has asked a federal appeals court to uphold a state law that allows schoolchildren to pray or meditate during a daily minute of silence.

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Arkansas Panel OKs Allowing Concealed Guns in Churches

Posted: 02/04/2009 - An Arkansas legislative committee has backed a bill allowing concealed weapons in churches, despite concerns of a pastor who said he was shot in a sanctuary two decades ago and still opposes the measure.

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Lilly Endowment Awards $11 Million to Help Pastors

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Sixteen Protestant groups in Indiana will split about $11 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment to help them address the economic problems faced by their pastors.

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