Latest Religion News

For 2nd year, Mormon LGBT group's bid to join parades denied

For the second straight year, organizers of two of Utah’s most popular parades have rejected a Mormon LGBT group’s request to participate.

Religion events from around the Washington area

Pentecost events, farmers market, gargoyle tours, Juilliard concert, organ recitals, Stop Hunger event.

Obama to Jews: Shared values compel support for Israel

President Obama came to Washington’s most politically connected synagogue Friday (May 22) with a dual mission — to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month and to mark the first “Solidarity Sabbath,” a campaign against anti-Semitism.

Australians push for Vatican cardinal to testify on abuse

More than 55,000 people have signed a petition calling for Cardinal George Pell to return to his native Australia and face a government commission on child sex abuse, after allegations that he tried to bribe the victim of a pedophile priest.

Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: 'The dying is my next career'

Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle.

Protestants join Catholics in reconsidering the death penalty (COMMENTARY)

Nebraska is showing the most visible signs of a change in thinking by Christians and conservatives on the death penalty, and Catholics are helping to lead the way. For many, the catalyst has been a simple question: “If I value life, how can I support taking a life when the death penalty doesn’t make us any safer?”

Image of Asia: Hands raised in prayer at Hazratbal shrine

In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslims at Kashmir’s Hazratbal shrine raise their hands in prayer as head priest Mohammad Ishaq Banday displays a relic of the Prophet Muhammad on the Friday following Mehraj-u-Alam, the day the prophet ascended to heaven. The relic is believed to be a hair from the beard of the prophet. Thousands of Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at the lakeside, white marble shrine that is Islam’s holiest in the India-controlled Kashmir region.

Parishioners appealing judge's order to vacate closed church

Parishioners appealing judge's order to vacate closed church

For nearly 11 years now, parishioners have protested the closing of their church on the Massachusetts seacoast, keeping round-the-clock vigil there and holding Sunday services even though the Roman Catholic Church has de-consecrated the sanctuary.

The 'Splainer: 'Gifts' of Pentecost and Shavuot

The ‘Splainer (as in, “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which RNS gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at a cocktail party.

San Francisco priest who raised eyebrows and banned altar girls is dropped as school chaplain

The San Francisco priest who sparked controversy earlier this year by barring altar girls has been replaced as chaplain of the church’s Catholic grade school.

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. A web-only photo is available. Please refer to this story at for the photo.

The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday (May 21) called for an end to the group’s ban on gay troop leaders.

Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no (ANALYSIS)

Are churches failing the poor?

Franciscan order re-elects American brother amid ongoing financial crisis

An influential Franciscan order re-elected its American leader Thursday (May 21), just months after some of its members were accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars.