New Year's attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival
02/05/2016 08:43 PM EST
COLOGNE, GERMANY >> Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne's annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying. Festivities this year have been overshadowed by security concerns, prompting police to double the number of officers on patrol to more than Full Story
World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak
02/05/2016 08:42 PM EST - LONDON >> World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future." But participants at the aid conference in London acknowledged that prospects for ending the conflict have rarely been worse: Full Story
Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step
02/05/2016 08:42 PM EST - VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday. The meeting between Francis and Patriarch Kirill will be the first ever between the leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches. Full Story
Religion News in Brief
02/05/2016 08:40 PM EST - Saturday Dinner at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales BENNINGTON >> Come join us at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales Parish Hall on Saturday Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. for Spaghetti and Meatballs along with a variety of Pasta dishes including Meat or Meatless Sauce. Included in the price of the meal is a trip to the salad bar and Italian bread, dessert and beverage. Full Story
Religion News in Brief
01/29/2016 10:42 PM EST - sUNDAY Worship at Second Congo BENNINGTON >> Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith to its work and worship. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 o'clock, and this week begins with "Here I Am, Lord" played by the Jubellaire Ringers. Full Story
Italian gay rights debate prompts rethink of sacred family
01/29/2016 10:42 PM EST - ROME >> In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family? That has become a bitterly divisive question in a nation where the Vatican packs considerable political weight and where gays have grown impatient as other traditionally Catholic European countries have either allowed same-sex couples to marry or legally recognized their Full Story
Why Study Permaculture as a Philosophy of Design?
01/29/2016 10:41 PM EST - How can we make our individual and corporate lives environmentally sustainable and reduce our greenhouse gas use to levels that are in keeping with the health of the biosphere? There is no reasonable way to compartmentalize or put off until later the issue of fossil fuel use leading to global climactic and ecological change – no way to separate it from the rest of our lives or our Full Story
Religion News in Brief
01/22/2016 08:43 PM EST - sUNDAY Worship at Second Congo BENNINGTON >> Come in from the cold and experience the warmth of friends and worship at Second Congregational Church, U.C.C. on Hillside St. this Sunday morning at 10 a.m.. We continue to share "Epiphany moments"— glimpses or experiences of the Holy in our everyday lives, following which the children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and Full Story
Pope: Now's the time to end indifference, 'false neutrality'
01/01/2016 09:31 PM EST - VATICAN CITY >> Wishing for a year better than 2015, Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to the "arrogance of the powerful" that relegates the weak to the outskirts of society, and to the "false neutrality" toward conflicts, hunger and persecution that triggers exoduses of refugees. In his New Year's homily, Francis emphasized the need to "let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the Full Story
Guest religion column: 'A Prayer For My Children This Christmas Season'
01/01/2016 09:31 PM EST - Father, As I think about picking up my 3 year old son out of his crib this morning, hearing him chatter in 2 year old boy talk about the mini Christmas tree in his room, it strikes me that Jesus did not only come as a little baby but also grew up as a boy. The Word who became flesh learned how to form words with his mouth. Full Story
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Super Bowl 50: Celebrity sightings and sounds of Super Bowl week
Super Bowl 50: When celebrities overrun the Bay Area for a week.