Belief Bytes: Friday’s Religion News Roundup

A portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Matthew Harris Jouett. Courtesy RNS archives

Here is your Religion News Roundup for today:

By KEVIN ECKSTROM
c. Religion News Service 2012
Reprinted with permission

Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s newish ambassador for international religious freedom, is settling into life in Foggy Bottom. Atheists in the military are getting ready to “Rock Beyond Belief” at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg tomorrow.

In Britain, the big-C Conservatives are leading the push for gay marriage.

Looks like pope’s trip to Mexico was worth the time: legislators approved a measure, 72-35, that will allow public religious events.

Retiring Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says the challenges facing the Anglican Communion “won’t go away” now that his own Church of England has rejected a proposed Anglican Covenant to keep rogue churches in the Anglican Communion in line.

Police in France rounded up 17 suspected Islamic militants in Toulouse who were presumably accomplices to the man who shot and killed four people outside a Jewish school before being taken down by police. Meanwhile, the gunman, Mohammed Merah, was buried in France yesterday.”

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-Samantha Freda, WilmingtonFAVS news intern

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