Anglican Ordinariate Adds 900 Members

Monsignor Burnham Reflects on “Small Beginnings” LONDON, APRIL 24, 2011 (Zenit.org).- This week, some 900 Anglicans joined the Catholic Church. While this may be a small start to some, Monsignor Andrew Burnham is encouraging his flock to remember that there were even fewer Christians at the first Easter. Some 30 groups of former Anglicans, including…

IMF Bombshell: Age of America Nears End

This column has been updated to include a reaction from the IMF. The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed. For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of…

A Looming Disaster: Europe

As a nation reels from an earthquake’s destruction, an entire continent faces an economic crisis of its own. While the world has been transfixed with Japan, Europe has been struggling to avoid another financial crisis. On any Richter scale of economic threats, this may ultimately count more than Japan’s grim tragedy. One reason is size….

A Tale of Two Cultures

The earthquake in Japan reveals a divide of culture, philosophy, and geology between East and West. Survivors return to the destroyed streets of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Rudyard Kipling famously said, “East is East, West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Yet since Japan’s devastating earthquake, the entire world has been riveted by heartbreaking…

Low-level radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater

(Reuters) – Trace amounts of radioactive iodine linked to Japan‘s crippled nuclear power station have turned up in rainwater samples as far away as Massachusetts during the past week, state officials said on Sunday. The low level of radioiodine-131 detected in precipitation at a sample location in Massachusetts is comparable to findings in California, Washington…

Carter to meet Castro, religious leaders in Cuba

By Jeff Franks HAVANA | Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:07pm EDT HAVANA (Reuters) – Former President Jimmy Carter will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, the leader of Cuba’s Catholic Church and the island’s Jewish community during a Havana visit starting on Monday amid speculation he will seek the release of a jailed American aid…

Vatican praises EU decision on crucifixes in class

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Victor L. Simpson, Associated Press– Fri Mar 18, 9:23 pm ET ROME – Crucifixes in public school classrooms do not violate a student’s freedom of conscience, a European high court ruled Friday in a verdict welcomed by the Vatican in its campaign to remind the continent of its Christian…

Vatican launches public dialogue with atheists

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor– Thu Mar 24, 7:01 pm ET PARIS (Reuters) – The Vatican launched a series of public dialogues with non-believers Thursday, choosing leading intellectual institutions in Paris to present its belief that modern societies must speak more openly about God. The decision to start the series in…

God’s Hand? 44% of Americans See Natural Disasters as Sign of End Times

According to just over half of Americans, God is in control of everything that happens on Earth. But slightly fewer are willing to blame an omnipotent power for natural disasters such as Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. A new poll finds that 56 percent of Americans agree or mostly agree that God is in control of…