Benedict XVI Tests Brazil's Religious Climate
Top five news stories:
1) On May 9, Benedict XVI will visit a Brazil that's not so Catholic anymore.
2) African bishops say they weren't condoning Mugabe, but they don't retract their statement.
3) New Zealand and California consider legislation on smacking children
4) A priest-imam soccer game was cancelled because the priests' team included women.
5) Archaeologists say they have discovered Herod's tomb.
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- Scientists rush in where angels may tread | Researchers with high-tech tools take on spiritual, moral topics (The Dallas Morning News)
- Hearts & minds | Since Plato, scholars have drawn a clear distinction between thinking and feeling. Now science suggests that our emotions are what make thought possible (Jonah Lehrer, The Boston Globe)
- Nurseries feel pinch as mothers stay home | The first evidence of an end to the "have-it-all" generation of women has emerged with thousands of nursery places left empty (The Times, London)
- Baptist Homes accused of forced religion | Dozens allege they were coerced (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
- Nurses find ways to link religion, treatment | Nursing programs in Wyoming are increasingly training students to take patients' religion into consideration in determining their treatment (Associated Press)
- Canada probes TB 'genocide' in church-run schools | Canada is to investigate claims that tens of thousands of native Indian and Inuit (First Nation) children died of tuberculosis at church-run residential schools in the early 20th century, and that their deaths were hushed up (New Scientist)
- 7th Circuit: Pharmacist demanded too much accommodation for religious belief | On Wednesday, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wal-Mart was not required to go as far as an employee pharmacist requested in accommodating his religious objections to filling birth-control prescriptions (Religion Clause)
- A not-so-divine intervention | Texas Catholic bishops fail to protect unwanted patients (Wesley J. Smith, National Review Online)
- A struggle inside AA | Recovering alcoholics say a Washington, D.C., group has hijacked the 12-step program's name (Newsweek)
- Cults are not the way to lose weight | Losing weight and being fit is always a good idea, as long as you stay healthy. Shamblin, on the other hand, seems to brainwash people into not eating as a way to get into heaven (Jennifer Bartlett, Kingman Daily Miner, Az.)
- Her own leap of faith | Parents facing the possible death of their son draw the doctor into prayer. Healing has many sources (Los Angeles Times)
- The fertility maze | Two new books chart the ever-present pitfalls of assisted reproduction (Maggie Jones, Slate)
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