Belief Bytes: Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

Here is your Religion News Roundup for today:

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“U.S. Jewish groups are asking B16 to intercede on behalf of Alan Gross, the American development worker who’s been languishing in a Cuban jail for the better part of a year. Meanwhile, 13 men and women occupied a church in central Havana yesterday to call attention to the plight of Cuban dissidents.

Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland now has 60 days to act on the Vatican’s reversal of his order to close 13 parishes after his office acknowledged official receipt of the directive yesterday.

The repair bill for the quake-damaged Washington National Cathedral has jumped from $20 million (in immediate repairs) to $50 million (for longer-term repairs).

The Rev. Thomas Doyle, a Catholic priest who’s been outspoken in his defense of abuse victims, said the hierarchy’s decision to go after Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests shows that “an important part of the church has gone off the rails.”

B16 now has his own custom-made cologne, with hints of ‘lime tree, verbena and grass.’ And yes, according to the article, he ordered up his own custom fragrance.”

Read the rest of the article here:

-Samantha Freda, Wilmington Faith and Values, news intern


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