Martin Luther King Jr. at top of Vatican's martyrs list

Reports from the world press about Christians and Christianity

Catholic Church Will Probably Honor the Other Martin Luther

Martin Luther King, Jr. is at the top of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' list of twentieth-century martyrs to be recognized by the Pope in a ceremony May 7. The Boston Globe notes that it's a fascinating choice: "He was not Catholic [he was a Baptist minister], he was killed not while preaching but while advocating for labor rights, and his personal life has been the subject of some debate in recent years." The full list of nominees was not released (see related stories in the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times).

Barna says teens aren't really committed to their faith

For all the talk about the " I Believe generation" and " Generation WWJD," Barna Research found that "Teen-agers are even less committed to Christianity" than their parents' generation. "American teenagers are widely described as deeply religious individuals who have integrated their religious beliefs into their lifestyle and their thinking," says the report. "This latest study among teens, however, suggests that faith is a passing fancy of young people - just one of many dimensions that they blend into a potpourri of perspectives, experiences, skills, and contexts toward arriving at their worldview and lifestyle."

Christian Coalition Dealt Another Blow

An effort by the Christian Coalition to put the Miami-Dade County's human rights ordinance to referendum has lost the support of municipalities that once backed the campaign, reports the Miami Herald.

Clergy need governing board, says victims group

As storm clouds continue to surround Australian Anglican bishop George Browning, who resigned his post after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged, an organization called Broken Rites is calling for clergy ...

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