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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) And now, let us raise a toast to St. Patrick. Once a cherished icon for generations of Catholics, a statue of Ireland’s patron saint from Sacred Heart Church in Newark has landed in a South Orange restaurant—much to the chagrin of local Catholic leaders. On a recent night, as college-age students […] Read More

PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) In the wake of Saturday’s (Jan. 8) shooting that left six people dead and an Arizona congresswoman critically injured, a New Jersey congressman is calling upon clergy to help people put aside their ideological differences during a “week of solidarity.” “I’m looking for some of the churches and the synagogues and the […] Read More

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday (Dec. 9) will consider a bill that would eliminate any statute of limitations on when sex abuse victims can sue—and allow them to take action against clergy, educators and others who knew about abuse and did nothing to stop it. Under current state law, victims can sue […] Read More

(RNS) Garlic wafts in the air while sauce bubble on the stove. The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes. The women are in headscarves while the men wear hairnets covering dark curls. Some cooks layer carrots and peas into a mountain of basmati rice while others coat chickpeas in spices to create […] Read More

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) It is the class that wasn’t supposed to happen. In a basement classroom at Seton Hall University, 24 undergraduates meet twice a week for a course known as “Special Topics in Political Theory: Gay Marriage.” Most of the tension that surrounded the first few weeks of class has disappeared. The security […] Read More

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Quran in lower Manhattan to protest a planned Islamic community center there. Two days later, he lost his job at New Jersey Transit for breaching the agency’s code of ethics. The American Civil Liberties […] Read More

(RNS) Veronika and Oleg Bilerman exchanged wedding vows a quarter of a century ago in an unremarkable civil ceremony in the former Soviet Union. Their Jewish faith was never acknowledged. It wasn’t until Sunday (Oct. 31) that the couple, who now live in Fair Lawn, N.J., with their two children, finally celebrated their marriage in […] Read More

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Florida Pastor Terry Jones held the keys to his black 2011 Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes on Friday (Oct. 22) before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group. Jones gave the car, which car dealer Brad Benson had decorated with two patriotic peace symbols, to the Jersey City-based […] Read More

TEANECK, N.J. (RNS) After enduring “a firestorm” of criticism from all factions of Judaism, New Jersey’s oldest Jewish newspaper says it overreacted in printing and then rescinding its first published same-sex wedding announcement. “We did not expect the heated response we got. We believe now that we may have acted too quickly in … responding […] Read More

CHATHAM, N.J. (RNS) A grand jury on Tuesday (Sept. 14) issued a revised indictment against a former church custodian who stands accused of murdering a Catholic priest. The new seven-count indictment is substantially the same as the original six-count document but removes a reference to defendant Jose Feliciano’s possible “depravity of mind” and adds a […] Read More