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In most Baptist circles, All Saints’ Day – the day after Halloween – is never mentioned, much less observed. Yet telling stories of faithful witness is the most effective means of catching courage and transmitting hope. […] Read More

How does a saint become synonymous with open beer taps, wild dancing and parades? In his early years, St. Patrick reveled in the world. Later, he spent decades in Ireland building bridges between sinners and saints. […] Read More

It’s been a busy year for those whose connection with Martin Luther is not only confessional but professional. In this 500th anniversary of the year when Luther is credited with starting the Reformation, the world already has had months or more of reflection, commemoration and discussion about that event. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, Lutheran theologian and […] Read More

Balcony People

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 4, 2012. All Saints Sunday Psalm 24:1-10; Revelation 21:1-6a Heidi Neumark, a Lutheran pastor in New York City, explains that both her parents were scientists and not given to a poetic bent. And though she doesn’t put it in […] Read More

Ruth: an Unlikely Saint

A sermon delivered by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., on November 4, 2012. All Saints’ Sunday Ruth 1:1-18 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A 17th-century Native American woman who cared for the sick and elderly, and a Catholic nun who worked with lepers in Hawaii, are on the verge of becoming the newest American saints, after Pope Benedict XVI certified miracles due to their intercession, the Vatican announced Monday (Dec 19). The decrees concerned Kateri […] Read More

(RNS) St. Patrick’s tooth. Justin Bieber’s hair clippings. The bloodstained gloves that Mary Todd Lincoln carried to Ford’s Theatre. What do they have in common? They are relics—prized keepsakes, preserved because of their association with significant people and events. Bieber fans who line up for hours to peer at a lock of the teen idol’s […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The late Pope John Paul II, who elevated unprecedented numbers of Catholic saints and blesseds during his 26-year reign, joined those ranks himself on Sunday (May 1), when he was beatified before a crowd of more than a million pilgrims. Pope Benedict XVI declared his predecessor “blessed”—the church’s highest honor short of […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A small quantity of blood from the late Pope John Paul II will be exposed as a holy relic during his beatification on Sunday (May 1), the Vatican has announced. The blood was taken during a medical test shortly before John Paul’s death in April 2005, and later divided into four containers, […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II, bringing the late pontiff one step from sainthood a mere six years after his death, the Vatican announced on Friday (Jan. 14). By signing a decree accepting the miracle, Benedict completed one of most rapid beatifications in the modern […] Read More