Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rhoades gives imprimatur for iPhone app

A former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has given the first known imprimatur for an iPhone application. The church-approved app — Confession: A Roman Catholic App — was developed as a “confession helper” for users of the iPhone, … Continue reading

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The week in Pa. religion news: Jan. 30, 2011

Chick-fil-A is catching heat from gay-rights groups over a Pennsylvania outlet’s sponsorship of marriage seminars in Camp Hill and Reading next month by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which has spoken out against homosexuality. “If you’re eating Chick-fil-A, you’re eating anti-gay,” … Continue reading

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The machete attack and a victim’s forgiveness

Ten years ago this week, a man stole into an elementary school in rural Pennsylvania with a machete and a vendetta. When he was finished, William Michael Stankewicz had injured 11 kindergartners, two teachers and the school principal, Norina Bentzel. … Continue reading

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Colbert on Thundersnow and the apocalypse

We could all use some snow humor today. Watch Stephen Colbert’s bit on the meteorological phenomenon of Thundersnow: “Today it’s Thundersnow, tomorrow it’s Sleet-namis, Flood-nadoes and the Four Snowmen of the Apocalypse.” The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / … Continue reading

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Sightings: Memphis Church Preservation

Religion scholar Martin Marty’s latest Sightings column asks how and whether it’s possible (and worthwhile) to preserve historic houses of worship. Read on at the jump.

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Jan. 23, 2011

A psychotic Amishman who murdered his wife in 1993 hanged himself and was buried in Crawford County among the Amish community that shunned him. Philadelphia’s interfaith community celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring … Continue reading

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Philly abortion murder case heats up debate

Reaction to the arrest of a Philadelphia abortion doctor last week was swift and furious from both sides of the debate over late-term abortions and government oversight of providers. Catholic Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg issued a statement Friday … Continue reading

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Valentines & prayers for veterans

Youth will be making Valentines for Vets to show their love for veterans at 5 p.m. Friday at Zion (Shaffer’s) United Lutheran Church in Codorus Township. Anyone wishing to share or donate craft supplies (stickers, stamps, ink pads, construction paper, … Continue reading

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Doc helps Jehovah’s Witnesses avoid transfusions

The Inqy had a fascinating story about a physician in Philly who is considered a pioneer in “bloodless” surgery — that is, medicine without standard blood transfusions. That’s good news for Jehovah’s Witnesses who have religious objections to receiving blood … Continue reading

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Jan. 16, 2011

Religious leaders urged prayer for the victims of the Arizona shootings a week ago and for civility in politics. In Coatesville, the Ministers Alliance walked through town as a reminder of the civil-rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. — … Continue reading

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