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Mormon leader: Women at home is ‘essential part of society’

A Mormon leader says having women at home remains an essential part of society and cautioned against blurring feminine and masculine differences.

D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve, made the comments at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints two-day conference in Salt Lake City. Read more from AP.

Photo: Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City. (AP / Rick Bowmer)

Priests’ celibacy is open to discussion, Vatican No. 2 says
Priestly celibacy is not church dogma and therefore open to discussion, the Vatican’s new secretary of state says.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin’s response to a question during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal marks a significant change in approach towards one of the thorniest issues facing the Roman Catholic Church. Read more from NBC News. Photo: Archbishop Pietro Parolin (Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP - Getty Images)

Priests’ celibacy is open to discussion, Vatican No. 2 says

Priestly celibacy is not church dogma and therefore open to discussion, the Vatican’s new secretary of state says.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin’s response to a question during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal marks a significant change in approach towards one of the thorniest issues facing the Roman Catholic Church. Read more from NBC News.

Photo: Archbishop Pietro Parolin (Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP - Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is 1st since Middle Ages
85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation this morning, a decision which took even the Vatican hierarchy by surprise.
The last pope to step aside was Gregory XII in 1415, who did so in order to end the Great Western Schism. The last papal abdication was Celestine V in 1294, NBC News reports."After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pontiff’s statement said.Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on May 1, 2011, ahead of the beatification of Pope John Paul II. (Giuseppe Cacace / AFP - Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is 1st since Middle Ages

85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation this morning, a decision which took even the Vatican hierarchy by surprise.

The last pope to step aside was Gregory XII in 1415, who did so in order to end the Great Western Schism. The last papal abdication was Celestine V in 1294, NBC News reports.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pontiff’s statement said.

Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on May 1, 2011, ahead of the beatification of Pope John Paul II. (Giuseppe Cacace / AFP - Getty Images)

Church of England drops opposition to gay bishops
The Church of England has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops.
In an announcement from the Church’s House of Bishops, the Church says it would allow gay clergy to become bishops if they promise to be celibate. Conservative evangelical Anglicans say they will fiercely resist the development, BBC News reports.

Church of England drops opposition to gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops.

In an announcement from the Church’s House of Bishops, the Church says it would allow gay clergy to become bishops if they promise to be celibate. Conservative evangelical Anglicans say they will fiercely resist the development, BBC News reports.

UK bans Church of England and Church of Wales from offering gay marriages

BBC News: Britain’s Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned by law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced.

Other religious organizations will be able to “opt in” to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had “explicitly” stated strong opposition and would not be included.

Texas cheerleaders can keep Christian banners, for now, judge rules
A judge has ruled that a group of cheerleaders can continue to display biblical-themed banners during high school football games in their small Texas community, at least until the battle goes to court next June.
NBC News reports:

The cheerleaders in Kountze prompted a complaint to the school district in September when they rolled out banners with scriptural references, such as “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,” and “But thanks be to God which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Photo: Dave Ryan / The Beaumont Enterprise via AP

Texas cheerleaders can keep Christian banners, for now, judge rules

A judge has ruled that a group of cheerleaders can continue to display biblical-themed banners during high school football games in their small Texas community, at least until the battle goes to court next June.

NBC News reports:

The cheerleaders in Kountze prompted a complaint to the school district in September when they rolled out banners with scriptural references, such as “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,” and “But thanks be to God which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Photo: Dave Ryan / The Beaumont Enterprise via AP

Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh

Reuters:

Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.

Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.

The protesters said the picture had been posted by a Buddhist, and they marched to Buddhist villages and set fire to temples and houses.

Photo: A temple burnt by Muslims is seen in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on September 30, 2012. (Reuters / Stringer)

Historian: Faded piece of papyrus refers to Jesus’ wife

The New York Times: A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School says a scrap of papyrus, written in Coptic in the 4th century, contains the phrase: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” The phrase has never been seen in any piece of Scripture.

Photo: Professor Karen L. King, in her office at The Harvard Divinity School, holds a fragment of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the 4th century and contains a reference to Jesus’ wife. (Evan McGlinn for The New York Times)

Tombs in Timbuktu’s Djingareyber mosque ‘destroyed’
BBC:

Islamist fighters in Timbuktu have destroyed 2 tombs at the northern Malian city’s famous Djingareyber mosque, residents have said.
Timbuktu is a World Heritage site, with centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints, revered by Sufi Muslims.
The al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine group that seized the city in April says they are idolatrous and wants them removed.

Photo: The centuries-old Djingareyber mosque is made mainly of mud and wood. (via BBC)

Tombs in Timbuktu’s Djingareyber mosque ‘destroyed’

BBC:

Islamist fighters in Timbuktu have destroyed 2 tombs at the northern Malian city’s famous Djingareyber mosque, residents have said.

Timbuktu is a World Heritage site, with centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints, revered by Sufi Muslims.

The al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine group that seized the city in April says they are idolatrous and wants them removed.

Photo: The centuries-old Djingareyber mosque is made mainly of mud and wood. (via BBC)