Monthly Archives: June 2011

Info sessions to explain revised Catholic Mass

Like others around the U.S. and the English-speaking world, the regional Catholic diocese is preparing its priests and parishioners for upcoming changes to the Mass. Last week, the diocese announced information sessions on the revised English translation of the Roman … Continue reading

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Ahmadi Muslims convene in Harrisburg

A three-day, national jalsa (convention) hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is expected to draw thousands to the farm-show complex in Harrisburg starting Friday. The gathering aims to promote peace and educate Ahmadis, as well as other believers, organizers say. … Continue reading

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Lancaster seminary names new president

A Presbyterian minister and administrator for the Association of Theological Schools has been named president of the 185-year-old Lancaster Theological Seminary, its board announced last week. The Rev. Carol E. Lytch of Pittsburgh currently serves as assistant executive director of … Continue reading

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Area nonprofits lost tax-exempt status

Among the 275,000 small nonprofits stripped of their tax-exemption status by the IRS last week, nearly 10,500 were based in Pennsylvania. Of those, 164 groups had York, Hanover or Gettysburg addresses. (Search the database.) The IRS says these organizations didn’t … Continue reading

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Sightings: The Case of the Confession App

Designers say they intended Catholics to use their app as an assist during confession with a priest only — not as a substitute for “valid” confession. But the Catholic church and the app’s creators are “naive to believe that such … Continue reading

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Daughters of Mercy mark foundress’ anniversary

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg recently helped a local community of religious sisters mark the bicentennial of the birth of their foundress. McFadden — pictured above receiving Communion wine and wafers from Sister Ursula … Continue reading

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FaithNet agenda includes poverty, housing, family

Local faith and community leaders will discuss poverty, housing and strengthening the family during FaithNet 2011, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 at the Yorktowne Hotel in York. The event is a follow up to last summer’s York City … Continue reading

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Evolution debate rethinks the historical Adam

Did we descend from one man and one woman? In the cover story of evangelical magazine Christianity Today this month, retired AP religion reporter Dick Ostling says the center of the evolution debate among Christian scientists/intellectuals has shifted from the … Continue reading

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Sightings: David Barton’s Christian America

In a recent Sightings column, religion scholar Martin Marty looks at the critics of David Barton and his effort to convince others that the Founding Fathers established America as a Christian state.

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