April 9, 2013 The person behind the elaborate online hoax in which a fake website proclaimed Pastor Joel Osteen's intent to renounce Christianity and shut down his influential ministry says that his goal wasn't to attack Osteen personally. And he adds that he has now received thousands of "heartfelt" messages.
April 8, 2013 April Fool's Day was one week ago — but an elaborate hoax targeting Pastor Joel Osteen gained wide attention Monday, after those behind the hoax used Twitter, YouTube, and other social media to spread spurious claims that the pastor had renounced his faith and would close his huge Texas church.
February 27, 2013 "March madness" is around the corner. So is the selection of a new pope. Religion News Service is bringing the two together.
February 9, 2013 Pilgrims and tourists who visit the Vatican Saturday will have a special treat, as the Knights of Malta march in procession to the tomb of St. Peter. The last of the great chivalrous orders is celebrating the 900th anniversary of its official recognition by Pope Paschal II.
February 7, 2013 The president said he worries that "as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast is forgotten." He and other leaders, Obama said, need to retain the "humility" they express when praying.
January 14, 2013 As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed "nones"— has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
October 10, 2012 In this idealized dialogue between faith and science, some of the most entrenched reasons for the common split are explored. Science insists in the reality of things, faith doesn't. Science measures, faith believes. How to deal with the origin of the universe?
September 25, 2012 How can some people accept the complexity and subtlety of the science underpinning our technologically based society and then turn right around to fully place their personal faith in the fantastic explanations of our world offered by religion?
May 2, 2012 Has physics done away with the need for philosophy and theology? While the debate rages on, we might wonder if it's the job of science to deal with final questions.
March 16, 2012 Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader for more than 70 million Anglicans around the world, announced today that he will leave at the end of the year to become Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University. He has been archbishop since 2002.
March 15, 2012 "I did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do in such an awkward situation, quietly, with no intention to hurt or embarrass," Rev. Marcel Guarnizo says of the much-discussed incident. The woman's family is said to be "livid."
February 29, 2012 According to Catholic Church policy, those considered to be "sinners" should be treated with dignity and should not be denied Communion in a public setting. Barbara Johnson was at her mother's funeral when a priest refused her that sacrament.
February 29, 2012 One week after saying "you'll have to ask President Obama" when asked if he believes the president is a Christian, Graham has said he regrets "any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president."