WEEK IN RELIGION
Three Americans were named cardinals by Pope Francis earlier this week in the Pontiff’s third round of cardinal appointments since being elected pope in 2013. Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich and outgoing Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell (who was tapped by Francis in August to head the Vatican’s new family and laity office) joined 14 other Catholic churchmen from around the world who were named as cardinals by the pope. Of the new cardinals, 13 — including the three Americans — are under the age of 80 and are eligible to vote in a future conclave to elect Francis’ successor. Experts said the inclusion of the three American choices was a signal to the conservative U.S. church hierarchy that the pope wants moderate pastors at the helm of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. All 17 of the cardinals will be elevated on Nov. 19 during a ceremony on the eve of the closure of Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.
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STUDY SAYS
Evangelicals sticking with Trump
Despite support for Donald Trump plummeting this past week, white evangelicals are standing behind the Republican Party nominee for president, according to a new poll. In a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, in conjunction with The Atlantic Survey, 65 percent of white evangelical Protestants are willing to vote for Trump. In contrast, white Catholic Protestants have increased their support for Hillary Clinton. In an Oct. 2 survey, Trump led Clinton 56 percent to 31 percent among white Catholic Protestants, but in the latest survey (which was released Oct. 11) the group now supports Clinton (46 percent) over Trump (42 percent).
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GOOD BOOK?
“The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion” by N.T. Wright
The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C. S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith — Jesus’ crucifixion — arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning. In “The Day the Revolution Began,” N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed “Surprised by Hope.” Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation — a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.
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THE WORD
kufi: A skullcap worn by some Muslims.
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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Albania is:
— Muslim: 56.7 percent
— Roman Catholic: 10 percent
— Orthodox: 6.8 percent
— Atheist: 2.5 percent
— Bektashi: 2.1 percent
— Other: 5.7 percent
— Unspecified: 16.2 percent
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