Weekly religion rail, with items on new saints, a church receiving criticism for its sermons about sex, getting to know the new archbishop of St. Louis, and more.

Pope Benedict XVI named five new saints Sunday during an audience in St. Peter’s Square, praising each as a model for the faithful.

The five new saints are:

- The Rev. Arcangelo Tadini, who lived at the turn of the last century and founded an order of nuns to tend to factory workers. Tadini also created an association to provide emergency loans to workers experiencing financial difficulties.

- Nuno Alvares Pereira, who helped secure Portugal's independence from the Spanish kingdom of Castile in the late 1300s. He dedicated himself to the poor, never taking the privileges that would have been afforded to him as a former commander.

- Bernardo Tolomei, a nearly blind monk who founded the Benedictine Congregation of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto in the 1340s. He died in 1348 along with 82 of his monks after leaving the safety of his monastery to tend to plague victims in Siena.

- Gertrude Comensoli and Caterina Volpicelli, 19th-century Italian nuns who founded religious orders.

Church might lose home because of sex sermons

A church in Melbourne, Fla., could lose its spot in an elementary school because of its sermons about sex.

According to wire reports, the Brevard Public School District’s risk-management department has received complaints about New Hope Church, which holds services in Sherwood Elementary. The church is conducting a worship series called, “Great Sex for You.”

Church leaders mailed 25,000 fliers, asking residents "Is Your Sex Life A Bore?" The director of risk management said the mailers generated complaints and were not appropriate for elementary school children, and the church’s lease contract is under review.

Survey Says

Among the 56 percent of the population that currently belongs to the same religion as the one in which they were raised, 1 in 6 (16 percent) say there was a time in their life when they had a different faith than they have now. -- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Good Book?

“Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom” by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson

The teachings of Tibetan meditation master Yongey Mingyur has touched people of all faiths around the world. His first book, “The Joy of Living,” was a New York Times bestseller. His new book, “Joyful Wisdom,” addresses the timely and timeless problem of anxiety in our everyday lives.

Divided into three parts like a traditional Buddhist text, “Joyful Wisdom” identifies the sources of our unease, describes methods of meditation that enable us to transform our experience into deeper insight, and applies these methods to common emotional, physical, and personal problems.

The result is a work at once wise, anecdotal, funny, informed and graced with the author’s irresistible charm.

Get to Know … Robert J. Carlson

On April 21, Pope Benedict XVI named Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson the ninth Archbishop of St. Louis. He will replace Archbishop Raymond Burke, who was appointed Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in the Roman Curia in June 2008. As Archbishop, Carlson will be the spiritual leader of 566,000 Catholics in eastern Missouri.

Prior to his appointment to the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Carlson was installed as the fifth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw in 2005 at the direction of Pope John Paul II.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., he was ordained to the priesthood in 1970 for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was later ordained as an auxiliary bishop for his home archdiocese in 1984 and went on to serve as Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D., from 1994 to 2005.

Carlson survived stage-four bladder cancer in the 1990s. He has underwent a total of seven cancer-related procedures, and partly credited a trip to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal for his recovery, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Word

Venial sin: Within the Roman Catholic church, a minor transgression against God, the church or another human. The consequences of a venial sin can be compensated for through good works. – www.religioustolerance.org

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Taiwan

Mixture of Buddhist and Taoist: 93 percent

Christian: 4.5 percent

Other: 2.5 percent

- CIA Factbook

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