religion http://kut.org en Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies http://kut.org/post/westboro-baptist-church-founder-fred-phelps-sr-dies The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., whose tiny Westboro Baptist Church has protested outside the funerals of fallen soldiers and celebrities to spread its views about homosexuality and abortion, has died, according to news reports. He was 84.<p>A son, Timothy Phelps, <a href="http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Family-Member-Confirms-Fred-Phelps-Has-Died-251212461.html" target="_blank">tells WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan.</a>, that his father died just before midnight Wednesday. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:43:30 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 10007 at http://kut.org Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies 112 Years Later, Seton Hospital Founders Daughters of Charity Are Moving On http://kut.org/post/112-years-later-seton-hospital-founders-daughters-charity-are-moving <p>The Daughters of Charity came to Austin in 1902, in response to a letter writing campaign by a group of local women. Their mission: to build and operate a first-class medical facility.</p><p>At the time, Austin’s existing hospital was decidedly less than first-class.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136509742&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:03:57 +0000 Mark Gwin 9823 at http://kut.org 112 Years Later, Seton Hospital Founders Daughters of Charity Are Moving On 'Crypto-Jews' In The Southwest Find Faith In A Shrouded Legacy http://kut.org/post/crypto-jews-southwest-find-faith-shrouded-legacy <em>Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and </em><em>we continue the series with this post about the murky and fascinating history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:57:13 +0000 9808 at http://kut.org 'Crypto-Jews' In The Southwest Find Faith In A Shrouded Legacy Interview: Texas Should Teach Terrorism Lurks in All Radical Faiths – Not Just Islam http://kut.org/post/interview-texas-should-teach-terrorism-lurks-all-radical-faiths-not-just-islam <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F110086475" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Wednesday marked 12 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The attacks thrust radical Islam into the spotlight and arguably ushered in an era of Islamophobia. But do stereotypes about Muslims actually go back much further?</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:01:23 +0000 Laura Rice 8670 at http://kut.org Interview: Texas Should Teach Terrorism Lurks in All Radical Faiths – Not Just Islam Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak http://kut.org/post/texas-megachurch-center-measles-outbreak Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas.<p>There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.<p>The outbreak began when a man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Indonesia visited the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about an hour and a half northwest of Dallas.<p>Earlier this week, crowds flooded in for regular services. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 16:08:51 +0000 Lauren Silverman 8581 at http://kut.org Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak Over Ramadan, Muslim Austinites Share Halal Food Near Campus http://kut.org/post/over-ramadan-muslim-austinites-share-halal-food-near-campus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk. Austin's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://nuecesmosque.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nueces Mosque</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in West Campus hosts free </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iftar">iftar</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dinners, a communal feast where Muslims break their day’s fast after sunset. The </span>iftars<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are open to all members of the community, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.</span></p><p>Sabrina Khwaja, a University of Texas senior, said she frequents Nueces Mosque during Ramadan to engage with the local Muslim community. The location makes it easy for her to stop by. When she first heard about Nueces, Khwaja was relieved to find out she no longer had to break her fast alone.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:34:39 +0000 Minza Khan & Syeda Hasan 8455 at http://kut.org Over Ramadan, Muslim Austinites Share Halal Food Near Campus Southern Baptists Decry End of Boy Scouts' Ban on Gay Members http://kut.org/post/southern-baptists-decry-end-boy-scouts-ban-gay-members <p></p><p>The Southern Baptist Convention has approved a resolution opposing a new Boy Scouts of America policy that lifts a ban on gay membership.</p><p>The decision was made earlier today, at the group’s annual convention in Houston.</p><p>The resolution itself does not demand that affiliated churches discontinue their sponsorship of troops. But the resolution voices its support for churches that choose to do so, while reiterating earlier declarations calling for the removal of the various leaders that instituted the new Boy Scouts policy this past May.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:28:58 +0000 Hector Perez 8093 at http://kut.org Southern Baptists Decry End of Boy Scouts' Ban on Gay Members Video: Hip East Austin Church Gets Nod from 'New York Times' http://kut.org/post/video-hip-east-austin-church-gets-nod-new-york-times <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" id="nyt_video_player" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/bcvideo/1.0/iframe/embed.html?videoId=100000002268970&amp;playerType=embed" title="New York Times Video - Embed Player" width="445"></iframe></p><p>An East Austin church&nbsp;is evolving to match the way Austin worships.</p><p><a href="http://voxveniae.com/">Vox&nbsp;Veniae</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;which is affiliated with the <a href="http://www.covchurch.org/">Evangelical Covenant Church</a>, began as part of the Austin Chinese Church for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants to worship. But it has since grown into a very diverse environment. It now has worshipers come to its Sunday service that are white, Latino and African American.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:02:40 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8079 at http://kut.org Judge: Cheerleaders Can Keep Bible Verses On Banners http://kut.org/post/judge-cheerleaders-can-keep-bible-verses-banners <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school who were told to stop displaying Bible verses on banners at school athletic events can resume such displays, after a state district judge ruled in their favor Wednesday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/battle-over-religion-schools-returns-east-texas/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">national headline-grabbing lawsuit</a>&nbsp;arose last fall when&nbsp;Kountze Independent School District&nbsp;administrators ordered its high school cheerleaders to stop displaying religious messages during athletic events after a group advocating for the separation of church and state threatened to sue.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:42:20 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 7673 at http://kut.org Judge: Cheerleaders Can Keep Bible Verses On Banners Humble Gestures are New Pope Francis' Symbol of Service http://kut.org/post/humble-gestures-are-new-pope-francis-symbol-service Sometimes great change can be revealed in small gestures. This week Pope Francis knelt on the stone floor of a detention facility in Rome to wash and kiss the feet of 12 young inmates.<p>Other popes have carried out this rite on Holy Thursday. It is a ceremony to emulate the way Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles at the Last Supper, just before he was tried and crucified.<p>But previous popes have washed the feet of priests in Rome's grand, golden St. John Lateran Basilica. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:11:32 +0000 Scott Simon 7158 at http://kut.org Humble Gestures are New Pope Francis' Symbol of Service For Pope Francis, A Simple Mass And A Call To Protect The Poor http://kut.org/post/pope-francis-simple-mass-and-call-protect-poor With less silk, lace and gold than many of his predecessors displayed, Pope Francis on Tuesday was inaugurated at a Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square during which he appealed to world leaders to be protectors of the poor and the environment, NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2101034/sylvia-poggioli" target="_blank">Sylvia Poggioli</a> tells our Newscast Desk.<p>The Mass wasn't stripped of all the papal trappings of power and prestige. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:38:48 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6996 at http://kut.org For Pope Francis, A Simple Mass And A Call To Protect The Poor New Pope Francis a Mystery for Many Austinites http://kut.org/post/new-pope-francis-mystery-many-austinites <p>The eyes of much of the world were on the Vatican this afternoon for the announcement that <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/pope-chosen">a new pope had been elected</a>.</p><p>Pope Francis of Argentina is the first pope from the Americas.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here in Austin, </span><a href="http://austindiocese.org/offices-ministries/offices/office-bishop" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bishop Joe Vasquez</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says that origin suggests someone with a perspective popes of the past have not had.</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:39:25 +0000 Andrew Weber & Trey Shaar 6947 at http://kut.org New Pope Francis a Mystery for Many Austinites Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis' http://kut.org/post/pope-chosen The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.<p>As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.<p>A little more than an hour later, his identity was announced: 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:24:04 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6940 at http://kut.org Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis' Video: White Smoke, Bells Signal New Pope Has Been Selected http://kut.org/post/video-white-smoke-bells-signal-new-pope-has-been-selected <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJdAREOJRTA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q04URbhvYdo</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:11:07 +0000 Eyder Peralta 6941 at http://kut.org No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises on Day Two of Conclave http://kut.org/post/no-pope-yet-black-smoke-rises-day-two-conclave <strong>Update at 6:41 a.m. ET. The Smoke Is Black:</strong><p>Smoke just started pouring from a special chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City — and its dark color means the 115 cardinals meeting inside the chapel have not yet agreed on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.<p>If all has gone as planned inside the chapel, where the cardinals are meeting in secret, they have now cast three ballots and no one name has been written on at last two-thirds of the slips of paper. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:34:17 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6931 at http://kut.org No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises on Day Two of Conclave 'No Rush' to Set Conclave; Fake Bishop Tries to Get In http://kut.org/post/no-rush-set-conclave-fake-bishop-tries-get Roman Catholic cardinals are in "no rush" to set the date for the start of their conclave that will choose the next pope, a Vatican spokesman told reporters Tuesday.<p><a href="http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/05/general_congregations:_no_rush_to_fix_date_for_conclave/en1-670459" target="_blank">According to Vatican Radio</a>, 110 of the 115 cardinals who are eligible to vote are now in Rome. It adds that "Fr. Federico Lombardi ... one of the few people present during the congregations [pre-conclave meetings of the cardinals] ... Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:36:24 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6825 at http://kut.org 'No Rush' to Set Conclave; Fake Bishop Tries to Get In Prayers, Oaths of Secrecy as Catholic Cardinals Meet http://kut.org/post/prayers-oaths-secrecy-catholic-cardinals-meet As they begin the process that will lead to selection of the next pope, the Roman Catholic Church's cardinals must first decide just when to officially start deciding, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/04/173399155/cardinals-at-odds-over-when-to-begin-choosing-next-pope?live=1" target="_blank">NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reminds us from Rome this morning</a>.<p>Basically, as Sylvia says, the first order of business for the cardinals who have gathered at the Vatican is "choosing which day to start the closed-door conclave that will elect the new pope." And there are differences of opinion, she note Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:13:35 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6807 at http://kut.org Prayers, Oaths of Secrecy as Catholic Cardinals Meet Benedict's Time Is Over; He's No Longer The Pope http://kut.org/post/benedicts-last-day-pledge-obedience-his-successor <strong>(We last updated the top of this post at 2 p.m. ET.)</strong><p>Precisely on time, under dark skies but with the lights of cameras from news outlets around the world illuminating the scene, Swiss Guards on Thursday closed the doors of the palazzo at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome — marking the official end of Pope Benedict XVI's time as head of the Roman Catholic Church.<p>For the first time in about 600 years, a pope has voluntarily stepped down. His final moment as leader of the church came at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:15:58 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6781 at http://kut.org Benedict's Time Is Over; He's No Longer The Pope Pope Benedict's Mixed Legacy http://kut.org/post/pope-benedicts-mixed-legacy When Pope Benedict XVI steps down at the end of the month, he will be remembered for his efforts to strengthen the Catholic Church's core beliefs and for his powerful and eloquent encyclicals, but also for a mixed record in handling the sexual abuse scandal.<p>Scott Appleby, a professor of history at Notre Dame University, says Benedict's legacy is double-edged. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:05:08 +0000 Scott Neuman 6542 at http://kut.org Pope Benedict's Mixed Legacy Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning http://kut.org/post/pope-benedict-xvi-resigning <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exSZqcQ3YZw</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:59:45 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6540 at http://kut.org Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning