Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 3:16 pm
As Egypt plunges into unrest amid the military-backed government's crackdown on demonstrators, the country's Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic extremists.
Dozens of churches have been burned, ransacked and looted since the government began fighting against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago.
Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:16 am
Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:58 am
When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his retirement in February, he surprised pretty much everyone. He was, after all, the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
At the time, Benedict cited his age and diminishing strength as his reasons for resigning.
Today, we get word from the Catholic wire service Zenit that Benedict resigned because "God told [him] to."
Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:41 pm
Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.
Sister Maxyne Schneider became a Catholic nun when she was still a teenager. Now, more than 50 years later, she's president of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation of nuns in Springfield, Mass.
Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 5:35 am