01/29/2013 04:35 pm ET Updated Mar 31, 2013

Tuesday's Religion Headlines


Today's headlines in religion:

-- At a ceremony on Tuesday evening in Austin, Texas, the U.S. Catholic church will formalize an agreement between it and several Reformed Protestant denominations to mutually recognize each other's baptisms. Why's does this matter? It's yet another step in the huge ecumenical strides made since the Second Vatican Council in bridging what used to be a large divides between Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. More details in my story.

-- According to Barna, Las Vegas tops the list of the most "megachurched" cities (Christianity Today).

-- The possible shift in policy toward allowing gay members in the Boy Scouts won't change the organization's ban on atheists (via (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times/USA Today/The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal).

-- According to a poll from Public Religion Research Institute, a quarter of Americans believe God "plays a role in determining which team wins" at sports events (CNN Belief). Still unclear: whether God is a Ravens or 49ers fan.