The BBC is to relay a 'gay Mass' from San Francisco this Sunday, the first time such a service has been broadcast. The 50-minute Mass at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the predominantly gay Castro district of the city will feature prayers and readings tailored for the gay community.
A prominent Montreal children's hospital is under scrutiny following revelations that six premature babies died after they were infected with a bacterium breeding in the institution's aging drainage system. An investigation by CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada has found that six babies died after they contracted Pseudomonas aeruginosa during their stay in the neo-natal intensive care ward at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital in 2004 and 2005.
The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism chronicled that good news: an increase in vocations, youth embracing a more orthodox approach, the laity defending the Church (as evidenced by an explosion of lay ministries and apostolates), and the growing trend of Eucharistic and Marian devotions.
Two angry ex-Catholics, Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar, teamed up with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a self-described ‘Christian,’ to mock the Catholic Church once again on a show run by a Jew, Barbara Walters … No other religion is ever mocked on this show. That’s because the panelists are respectful of Jews, fear Muslims and hate Catholics.
''I was born out of wedlock,'' he wrote, ''and against the advice that my mother received from her doctor.'' Two (Jesse) Jacksons are on view. In the 1970s, accounts of his mother and his birth were used to support the Baptist minister's arguments opposing abortion. Today, as a Democrat running for president, Jackson has reversed himself.
Canadians lost $14.5-billion to the country's gambling industry in the last fiscal year, a new study has found. The economic report commissioned by the Canadian Gaming Association found the industry made more than $15-billion in revenue last year, including $700-million on non-gambling activities such as food and drinks.
An all-party House of Commons committee will give the secretive North American Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) its first public airing beginning today … Critics say the agreement has been hijacked by big corporations meeting in secret with government officials with the joint intent of fast-tracking the deeper integration of the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican economies.
China Aid Association has learned though credible sources that on April 19, 2007 in Akesu city, Xinjiang province, about 30 major house church leaders were arrested when they met with four American Christians. The four Americans were also arrested. Included among the arrested Americans are a senior pastor and an associate pastor of an American church.
North Korean defectors, as well the Christians helping them to escape through China, described horrendous accounts of their harsh treatment by the Chinese government and the suffering they endured under the Kim Jong-Il regime … The stories were filled with abuse by the Chinese government and human traffickers as well as gruesome torture by North Korean prison facilities upon the refugees’ forced repatriation.
Anyone thinking the declines in circulation should ease when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its spring numbers on Monday will be disappointed. According to industry sources, overall daily circulation for the six months ending March 2007 is expected to sink approximately 2.5% while Sunday will drop around 3.0%.
For most of his life, and as a physician and man of science, John Marshall believed in Darwinian evolution, which maintains that all life forms share a common biological origin ... Marshall has since become a proponent of the view that there are some natural systems that cannot be adequately explained by natural forces, and therefore must be the result of intelligent design, or ID.
A new study concludes children whose parents regularly attend religious services and talk about their faith have better self-control, social skills and approaches to learning than children with non-religious parents. The research led by John Bartkowski, a Mississippi State University sociologist, is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development, reports LiveScience.com.
Two Neuqua Valley High School students won't be able to wear T-shirts saying "Be Happy, Not Gay," to school on Thursday following a judge's ruling. U.S. District Judge William T. Hart ruled in favor of the high school Tuesday in a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the students to wear the shirts the day after Wednesday's National Day of Silence.
When the Supreme Court handed down its decision last week upholding the national ban on partial-birth abortions, the focus of the case and reaction to it centered on the pain the three-day-long abortion procedure causes an unborn child. However, Justice Anthony Kennedy also touched on post-abortion problems and pain. People on both sides of the abortion debate were surprised that the high court delved into the issue of how abortion adversely affects women. They say it's a line of argument against legalized abortion that could set up an eventual decision overturning Roe v. Wade itself.
An Iraqi Catholic leader has issued an urgent appeal for help, warning that the country's embattled Christian population is in grave danger, the AsiaNews service reports. “In Iraq Christians are dying; the Church is disappearing under continued persecution, threats, and violence carried out by extremists who are leaving us no choice: conversion or exile." That was the grim report from Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk.