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Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

RNS () — The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a … Continued

At christening, Prince George becomes Church of England’s newest member — and its future head

Some day, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge will become the leader of the Church of England. First, he needed to … Continued

Pastor detained in Iran after prison protest expected to return to US

LA PUENTE, Calif. — A Southern California preacher who was briefly detained after protesting outside an Iranian prison was expected … Continued

Record crowds expected for John Paul II, John XXIII canonizations

ROME — Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and … Continued

Aide shares the Bible devotionals he sent to President Obama each morning

RNS () — President Obama may not attend church most Sundays, but a new book reveals the Bible verses and … Continued

Vatican seeks end to remarriage debate before it starts with article on church rules

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Tuesday quashed hopes that there might be some wiggle room on one of its … Continued

Vatican fields cricket club in bid for dialogue with other faiths as sport and religion merge

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican served tea and cucumber sandwiches Tuesday as it launched its first cricket club, an initiative … Continued

Breaking bread in faith and love

RNS () — In the Bible, few dine alone. Small wonder that Christians and Jews see sharing a meal with … Continued

COMMENTARY: From numbness to action: Ending world hunger

RNS () — My child ate today. Breakfast was pancakes and sausage. Walking to school I said, “If you don’t … Continued

Stephen Colbert on Pope Francis, Cardinal Dolan and (of course) Stephen Colbert

NEW YORK — The great and the good — and lots of politicians and TV pundits, too — gathered Thursday … Continued

Pope Francis sends e-mail on Holocaust to American Jewish leader

Pope Francis offers contributes to renewal of Catholic-Jewish relations in the form of a personal e-mail.

Judge in N.J. same-sex marriage case has deep Catholic roots

BAYONNE, N.J. — — The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, … Continued

Christian conservatives divided over Common Core education standards

RNS () — Even though the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez had a 3.9 GPA in high school, his teachers kept pushing … Continued

CAIR taps Jewish filmmaker to lead Philadelphia chapter

RNS () — The Council on American-Islamic Relations has hired a Jewish filmmaker and interfaith activist as executive director of … Continued

Hollywood’s depiction of nuns a case of ‘Veiled Desires’

RNS () — From Julie Andrews’ performance as Maria in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music” to Meryl Streep’s … Continued

The missing message in today’s churches

The hub of Christianity is not “do something for Jesus.” The hub of Christianity is “Jesus has done everything for you.” And my fear is that too many people, both inside and outside the church, have heard our “do more, try harder” sermons and pleas for intensified devotion and concluded that the focus of the Christian faith is the work that we do instead of the work God has done for us in the person of Jesus.

Is it time to dial back Halloween in schools?

Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to … Continued

The Pope, a Bishop, and the Scandal of Wealth

Francis is seen as a pope who is seeking to liberate Catholicism from its own pretensions.

Beyond ‘Kony 2012’: Jason Russell’s attempt at a comeback

ATLANTA — A campaign to arrest an African warlord generated awareness in more ways than the effort’s co-founder Jason Russell … Continued

Woman sues InterVarsity over firing after her divorce

RNS () — A Michigan woman has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, saying she was fired because … Continued