Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. Buddhism is Sri Lanka's state religion and plays an important part in political and social affairs.» Read More
*Putin harnesses Russian Orthodox Church to support Ukraine policy. MOSCOW, March 7- As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity.
A report from Giving USA Foundation shows that donations made to American religious organizations have slowed of late.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto the anti-gay measure of a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service due to religious beliefs. Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council, and Josh Barro, MSNBC contributor, weigh in.
*Vatican bank has embarrassed Church for decades. VATICAN CITY, Feb 19- Cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming Vatican finances gave him their proposals on Wednesday with one suggesting a new central economic ministry that would incorporate the Holy See's scandal-plagued bank.
QAMISHLI, Syria, Jan 22- In the northeast corner of Syria, a pocket of stability is emerging amid the country's civil war. And so far they are fighting off the forces of both President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels who want to oust him.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, now on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle 20 million euros, was charged with laundering millions through the Vatican bank.
Jan 17- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's largest oilfield services company, posted a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Friday as robust international activity offset stiff competition in North America.
Jan 17- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's largest oilfield services company, reported a better-than-expected 22 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit as robust international drilling activity made up for weakness in North America. Most of Schlumberger's gains in North America came from the U.S.
FRANKFURT, Jan 10- Roman Catholic Church- owned bookseller Weltbild, which competes with online retailer Amazon.com in Germany, filed for insolvency on Friday after its sales shrank and it unexpectedly found itself unable to obtain fresh financing.
Some Catholic theologians backed by activist Ralph Nader are criticizing billionaire Ken Langone for comments to CNBC about potential church fundraising problems.
Jan 10- Baker Hughes Inc, the world's third-largest oilfield services company, estimated fourth-quarter profit well below Wall Street expectations, largely due to the suspension of its operations in Iraq following a protest.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports a group of Catholic theologians backed by Ralph Nader has penned a letter to Ken Langone criticizing him and asking his support for a hike in the minimum wage.
WILMINGTON, Del., Jan 8- Leo Strine, the outspoken chief judge of Delaware's nationally important business court, has been nominated to lead the state's Supreme Court, Governor Jack Markell said on Wednesday.
The pope had a good message on the poor but his attack on capitalism was hard to digest. You know who we need now? A Medieval Jewish rabbi.
Will the Pope's comments on capitalism and the "idolatry of money" hurt the church's drive to raise money for the restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral? CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports roughly $100 million of the $180 million needed has been raised.
VATICAN CITY, Dec 31- Pope Francis urged the people of Rome not to let the beauty of their city to blind them to the growing number of homeless, refugees, and unemployed living among them.
Worries are increasing that recent negative comments from Pope Francis about capitalism may hinder fundraising efforts for the renovation of New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Carbrera reports on whether recent comments from the Pope will make it harder for the Catholic Church to raise money from the wealthy.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan shares his views about the free markets after Pope Francis generated controversy over his comments about capitalism, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Amid a $180 million renovation of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York sits down with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to discuss Pope Francis's remarks about capitalism.