Relic of late pope's blood stolen in Italy

ROME - Police are searching an Italian mountain area beloved by Pope John Paul II for a stolen relic bearing his blood.

Vatican Radio decried the "sacrilegious theft" from tiny San Pietro della Ienca church near the Gran Sasso part of the Apennine mountains, where John Paul used to hike and ski.

Carabinieri paramilitary police Col. Andrea Ronchey in nearby L'Aquila said that the relic, a bit of blood-soaked cloth kept inside a painted metal cross, was last seen in the church about 10 days ago.

Southern Baptists to host sex summit

- Southern Baptist Convention leaders are hosting a summit in Nashville that will focus on sex.

The topics will range from pornography, teen sex, homosexuality and how pastors can talk to their congregations about human sexuality.

Russell Moore, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president for the Southern Baptist Convention, says the summit's theme is a timely one.

Panel topics include discussions on the gospel and homosexuality and the gospel and ministry in a sex-saturated world.

The summit will be April 21-23. The event's main sessions will be streamed live on the Web for people who cannot attend.

Mandisa explains why she missed Grammys

- Christian singer Mandisa says she was at home watching last week's Grammy Awards ceremony online when her song "Overcomer" was named the best contemporary Christian music song. Minutes later, her album of the same name won the Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album.

Mandisa explained that she was at home alone "allowing the Lord to speak" to her and protect her from being either proud of winning or self-conscious about gaining back some of the weight she had lost.

As a Christian, Mandisa said she also had found some parts of past Grammy Awards ceremonies she attended uncomfortable to watch.

On her blog, Mandisa says, "I lay this trophy at the feet of my Jesus in humility, honor and gratitude for all He has done in, to, and through me."

Associated Press