March 13, 2013
Pope Francis I
Cardinals elected Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina as pope Wednesday to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.
Bergoglio is the first non-European pope, and will take the regnal name of Pope Francis I.

Pope Francis I

Cardinals elected Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina as pope Wednesday to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.

Bergoglio is the first non-European pope, and will take the regnal name of Pope Francis I.

March 13, 2013
White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney; new pope has been chosen
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White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney; new pope has been chosen

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November 15, 2012

Photos: Israeli Offensive in Gaza Continues

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets.

JERUSALEM—Tel Aviv residents say they heard an explosion following an air-raid alert across the city, raising fears of a Gaza rocket strike on Israel’s commercial capital.

WASHINGTON—The White House says the U.S. strongly condemns the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and regrets the loss of life.

September 18, 2012
A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’”
The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”

A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’”

The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”

August 23, 2012
Vandalism? No — attempted art restoration
The suspected vandalism of a century-old fresco of Jesus turned out to be probably the worst art restoration effort in Spain. An elderly woman, upset that moisture had damaged her favorite fresco, tried to restore it. Should the woman face charges?

Vandalism? No — attempted art restoration

The suspected vandalism of a century-old fresco of Jesus turned out to be probably the worst art restoration effort in Spain. An elderly woman, upset that moisture had damaged her favorite fresco, tried to restore it. Should the woman face charges?

September 21, 2011
Ted Haggard, the disgraced Evangelical pastor from Colorado Springs, will appear on an upcoming edition of ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap."

August 21, 2011

10 years later: A changing world for muslims

American Muslims are a diverse mix of immigrant and native-born convert; moderate and conservative; rich and poor; devout and secular.

The tenets of Muslims’ faith are rooted in the 7th century and in the words of the Prophet Muhammad. To be a Muslim means to pray five times daily; to fast during the holy month of Ramadan; to be charitable; and to make it to Mecca for the hajj, or pilgrimage, at least once if possible.

There are divides, as there are in any faith: between Sunnis and Shiites, and between women who cover and women who do not. Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity.

In this three-part series, Denver Post reporter Eric Gorski brings us an in-depth look at the struggle for identity faced by American Muslims in the decade since 9/11. Photos above by Joe Amon, The Denver Post. Features of the report:

August 19, 2011

10 Years After 9/11: Islam in America A Changing World for Muslims

For American Muslims, the decade since 9/11 has been one long struggle for identity. Take a look at this exclusive series by the Denver Post examining Islam in America. This is the first part in a three-part series.

 PART I: A diverse Muslim population confronts a choice: step forward or retreat

The attacks carried out by men who claimed to be acting in the name of Islam happened as the majority of U.S. Muslims were quietly living their lives and comfortably assimilating.

Then came the aftershocks: the Muslim condemnations of extremism, the complaints that that wasn’t enough, the evangelist who called Islam an evil and wicked religion, the Patriot Act, two wars.

Yet in the years since 9/11, surveys of American Muslims have portrayed not an isolated community but one that is loyal to the U.S., happy and hopeful for the future — although concerned about discrimination, dubious about the FBI and irrevocably changed by that dark morning.

(read more)

August 11, 2011
Cartoon: Gov. Rick Perry and Jesus
The Denver Post’s Mike Keefe on Gov. Rick Perry and Jesus.

Cartoon: Gov. Rick Perry and Jesus

The Denver Post’s Mike Keefe on Gov. Rick Perry and Jesus.

August 4, 2011
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs convicted of child sexual assault
The Associated Press reports:

A Texas jury convicted polygamist sect  leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault on Thursday, in a case  stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church  calls “spiritual marriages.”
The head of the Fundamentalist  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood stone-faced as the  verdict was read. Jeffs, who acted as his own attorney, stood mostly  mute for his closing argument, staring at the floor, for all but a few  seconds of the half hour he was allotted.

(Sketch from The Associated Press) (read more)

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs convicted of child sexual assault

The Associated Press reports:

A Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault on Thursday, in a case stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church calls “spiritual marriages.”

The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood stone-faced as the verdict was read. Jeffs, who acted as his own attorney, stood mostly mute for his closing argument, staring at the floor, for all but a few seconds of the half hour he was allotted.

(Sketch from The Associated Press) (read more)

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