Friends mourn Steve Austin, former pastor and author who wrote about suicide and mental health


(RNS) — Steve Austin, a former pastor who wrote candidly about his struggles with mental health, has died.  Police in Hoover, Alabama, confirmed that the body of Austin, whose full name was Glenn Stephen Austin, was found in that city on Monday (June 7). The death is being investigated as a suicide. Several friends and … Read more

Pope rejects German cardinal’s resignation, urges reform


ROME (AP) — Pope Francis refused Thursday to accept the resignation offered by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx over the sex abuse scandal in the church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the “catastrophe” of the crisis. Francis wrote a letter to Marx in response to … Read more

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 100 supporters of a Louisiana minister gathered outside a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday to show support as his lawyers asked to revive a lawsuit he filed last year challenging the state’s coronavirus restrictions. Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church … Read more

Italian nun slain by 3 teen girls beatified as martyr


ROME (AP) — An Italian nun who was stabbed 19 times more than two decades ago by three teenage girls apparently fascinated by Satan was honored Sunday with beatification as a martyr of the Roman Catholic Church. Hours before the beatification ceremony in northern Italy, Pope Francis praised Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and described her … Read more

Cleared Chicago priest holds first Mass since reinstatement


CHICAGO (AP) — An activist Roman Catholic priest cleared by an Archdiocese of Chicago investigation into claims that he sexually abused several boys decades ago returned to the pulpit of his longtime church on Sunday for the first time in five months. “It’s good to be home,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger repeatedly told congregants of … Read more

‘Lady of Guadalupe’ avoids tough truths about the Catholic Church and Indigenous genocide


(The Conversation) — The film “Lady of Guadalupe,” first released in 2020 and now available on many streaming services, mixes a fictional retelling of the 16th-century appearance of the Virgin Mary to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego with the tale of a wholly fictional 21st-century reporter named Juan working on a story about miracles … Read more

Popular Nigerian televangelist T.B. Joshua dies at 57


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Temitope Balogun Joshua, one of Africa’s most popular televangelists who was known as T.B. Joshua, has died. He was 57. The Nigerian-born pastor was founder of the mega church Synagogue Church Of All Nations, or SCOAN, which also runs the Emmanuel Television Station in Lagos. The church announced his death in … Read more