Religion news in brief

03/27/2015 07:20 PM EDT
Palm Sunday and Holy Week Worship and Holy Week at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Sunday, Palm Sunday, March 29, at the 8 a.m. Service. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing. 
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St. Michael to reopen high school
03/20/2015 09:02 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> It has been 47 years since a student graduated from Saint Michael High School. Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church on Walnut Street closed its high school in 1968 due to declining enrollment and a steady move away from faith-based education, which is still going on today. Since then Saint Michael School has teetered on and off the brink of solvency. Full Story

Francis predicts his papacy to be 4-5 years, misses pizza
03/13/2015 09:23 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won't be pope for long — and by calling a special Jubilee Year to focus the church on his top priority while he's still around: mercy. "I have the sensation that my pontificate will be brief: Four or five years," Francis said in an interview with the Mexican broadcaster Full Story

Religious News in Brief
03/06/2015 08:22 PM EST - Sunday, March 8 Parish mission BENNINGTON >> Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales and St. John the Baptist will host a parish mission on March 8 and 9, titled "Prayer of Jesus, in Word and in Silence" Although Jesus seems to have highlighted spoken prayer, He also used silence as a way to convey a message about Himself and the Kingdom of God. Full Story

Pakistan religious schools scrutinized
03/06/2015 08:22 PM EST - RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN >> Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at one of the tens of thousands of religious schools across the country that have become embroiled in a debate about where militancy comes from. Full Story

More people giving up social media for Lent
03/06/2015 08:19 PM EST - TROY >> Social Media: it might be the new chocolate when it comes to cravings and, as a result, it has recently become a popular indulgence to give up for Lent. But, unlike chocolate, social media has become a part of daily routines for many and is even part of some job descriptions. It is used to stay in touch with family, old friends, new acquaintances, and is becoming an integral Full Story

Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97
02/27/2015 09:43 PM EST - SOUTH BEND, IND. >> The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents — or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights and immigration reform to supporting Third World development. Full Story

Religion news in brief
02/27/2015 09:42 PM EST - Sunday, March 1 'Bread Enough' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road invites all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship on this Communion Sunday, March 1 when all are invited to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Full Story

Pope urges cooperation on Vatican reform from cardinals
02/13/2015 04:12 PM EST - VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis urged his cardinals Thursday to cooperate in reforming the outdated and dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, saying the overhaul will help him govern the Catholic Church better and spread the faith more effectively. Francis summoned cardinals from around the world to hear his proposals for revamping the central government of the 1. Full Story

Fathers of slain Muslims: This was a hate crimee
02/13/2015 04:12 PM EST - CHAPEL HILL, N.C. >> The fathers of the three Muslim students shot in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina apartment spoke with The Associated Press before their funeral on Thursday, calling on Americans to understand that they died in a hate crime. Craig Stephen Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the shootings Tuesday of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Full Story

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Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. Full Story
No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Full Story
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Jamie Foxx makes Bruce Jenner jokes, Internet reacts

Hosting iHeartRadio Music Awards, Foxx jokes about 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star, which doesn’t go over well.