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Entries by Antonia Blumberg from 02/2014

Imbolc 2014: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know

Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion

For many in the U.S., the only 'religious' event taking place this weekend is the Super Bowl. But for pagans and Wiccans, February 2 marks the importa...

Coca-Cola's 'America The Beautiful' Ad Does Interfaith Better Than Any Commercial Before

Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

To be fair to all the advertisers and media pioneers who have attempted over the years, depicting diversity can be tricky. It's easy enough to throw p...

Most And Least Religious States In 2013, Gallup

Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

What does Mississippi have to say to Vermont? Not much when it comes to the religiosity of their citizens. Every year since 2008 Gallup has cond...

Queen Elizabeth II To Visit Pope Francis In Rome

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says that Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will visit Pope Francis in Rome. The palace said Tuesday...

Rev. Stanislaw Dziwisz, Aide To John Paul II, In Controversy Over Publishing Late Pope's Notes

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of John Paul II's secretary for publishing the late pope's personal notes ...

Pope Francis Says Unemployment Can Lead To 'Slavery To Sin'

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis extolled the benefits of sharing wealth with the poor on Tuesday, warning that "unjust" social conditions like unempl...

Pope Francis Rumors Are Just That: Mistakes, Lies And Figments Of The Imagination

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Did you hear that Pope Francis plans to call a Third Vatican Council? Or that he uncovered previously unknown Bible verses? Or that he sees...

Israel To Cut Orthodox Seminary Funding Over Lack Of Military Enlistment

Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's finance minister says he will stop funding for ultra-Orthodox seminaries whose students do not enlist into the military. ...

Real-Life Philomena Lee Meets Pope Francis Nearly 60 Years After Nuns Sold Her Son For Adoption

Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

When Philomena Lee, the subject of a recent Oscar-nominated film, was asked if she could have imagined at 18 years of age that she'd one day meet the ...

Thomas S. Monson, Mormon President, Faced With Fraud Charges

Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

PHOENIX (RNS) The leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to appear before a magistrate in England on fraud charges...

Obama Champions Religious Freedom At National Prayer Breakfast

Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Facing criticism that he does not give religious freedom enough attention, President Obama devoted most of his National Prayer Breakfast address...

Archaeologists Carbon-Date Camel Bones, Discover Major Discrepancy In Bible Story

Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

Researchers Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef from Tel Aviv University have discovered what may be a discrepancy in the history laid out in the Bible...

8 formas mejores de gastar los millones olímpicos de Rusia

Posted 02.07.2014 | Spain

Que quede claro que no tenemos nada en contra de los Juegos Olímpicos. Es una noble y antigua tradición cargada de compañerismo, deportividad y com...

The Most Protestant States In America, Reflect Slight Majority Of Overall Population

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

Protestants and other non-Catholic or Mormon Christians make up 51% of Americans, according to a 2013 Gallup survey, and the states that are most Prot...

Marianne Williamson Makes U.S. Congress Bid On A Prayer

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (RNS) It’s not a typical campaign for U.S. Congress, and that’s the point. Best-selling author and spiritual lecturer Marianne Will...

Paganism: An Overview Of One Of Least Understood Modern Religions

Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion

With evil witches and flying wizards dominating entertainment media, it's no wonder there is such confusion about paganism and Wicca. These real, live...

How Steve Rosenfield's 'Jews Of New York' Got Young Orthodox Jews Talking About Taboo Topics

Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion

"Imperfection is beauty." This statement, expressed by Yeshiva University student Dasha Sominski, is an underlying theme in Steve Rosenfield's phot...

The Most Catholic States In The U.S., Roughly A Quarter Of The Country's Population

Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion

Catholicism is the second largest religious tradition in the United States at roughly 25% of the country's population. The five most Catholic states i...

Dead Sea Scrolls Go Digital With Online Archive At The Tip Of Your Finger

Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

The Dead Sea scrolls will now be accessible for public viewing, and you don't even need to leave your home to see them. Orchestrated under the Isr...

Pastor Rafael Cruz, Father Of Senator Ted Cruz, Offers His Thoughts On America And God

Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

A recent straw poll suggests that Republican Senator Ted Cruz may be on track to win the Republican nomination for president. However, Cruz's fath...

Trial Of Rev. Thomas Ogletree, Pastor Who Officiated Gay Wedding, Delayed Indefinitely

Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding h...

Controversial Book, 'The Hindus', By Religious Scholar Wendy Doniger Withdrawn By Penguin Over Lawsuit

Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

Penguin Books India has agreed to withdraw a controversial book on Hinduism as settlement for a lawsuit filed in 2011, The New York Times reported. ...

Christian Summit In Haiti's Hills Draws Thousands To Worship

Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion

BOIS-NEUF, Haiti (AP) — The Christian pilgrims crowded on to a barren mountainside in central Haiti by the thousands, seeking favors and spiritual r...

Underlying Religious Themes In 'The Lego Movie' Take Viewers On Wild, Mythic Ride

Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Legos got religion? Who knew? “The Lego Movie,” well-reviewed and making money by the brickyard, builds its story upon religious and mora...

Love And Marriage: A History That Challenges The Notion Of 'Traditional Marriage'

Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

On Valentine’s Day, American husbands and wives of every age, faith and region will shower their beloveds with symbols of undying affection — flow...