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New Orleans Churches Rebuild, Slowly

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Bruce Nolan New Orleans – Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina, members of 132-year-old Rayne United Methodist Church have finally moved back into their storm-damaged sanctuary, even as masons continue substantial repairs to the church’s toppled brick steeple. […]

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Lawmakers Urge Probe into NIH Chaplain Complaints

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Michelle Rindels Washington – Several Congressmen are urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate an allegedly anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic chaplain at a government-run clinical research hospital in Bethesda, Md. The Rev. O. Ray Fitzgerald, a […]

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Evangelicals Try to Correct `Misperception’ on Middle East

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Michelle Rindels Washington – A broad coalition of evangelical leaders is attempting to “correct a serious misperception” that all evangelicals oppose creating a Palestinian state. Led by Ron Sider, a professor at the American Baptist-affiliated Palmer Theological Seminary […]

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Taliban Claim to Kill 2nd Korean Hostage

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Kandahar, Afghanistan – July 30, 2007 – A purported Taliban spokesman claimed the hardline militia killed a second South Korean hostage Monday because the Afghan government failed to release imprisoned insurgents. Afghan officials said they hadn’t recovered a […]

Militants Seize Shrine in Pakistan

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Peshawar, Pakistan – July 30, 2007 – Pro-Taliban fighters seized an Islamic shrine in restive northwestern Pakistan and renamed it after the Red Mosque, where dozens of militants died this month in a showdown with government forces in […]

Health Risks Tied to Partial-Birth Ruling

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Detroit – July 30, 2007 – Several U.S. health officials argued that the passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Act is forcing more dangerous procedures to occur. Health officials through agencies like Michigan’s WomanCare have pointed out […]

Suicide Bombings Never Justified, Majority of Muslims Worldwide Say

posted by akornfeld

Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service George Bush and Osama bin Laden are both losing the battle for Muslim hearts and minds, according to a new report. The Pew Global Attitudes Project, a 47-nation survey, found that rising prosperity in the […]

New Violence at Reopened Pakistan Mosque

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Islamabad, Pakistan – A suspected suicide bomber killed 13 people at a hotel near Islamabad’s Red Mosque on Friday as the government reopened the religious complex for the first time since a bloody army raid ousted Islamic militants […]

Pharmacists Sue Over Requirement to Sell Emergency Contraception

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Seattle – Pharmacists have sued Washington state over a new regulation that requires them to sell emergency contraception, also known as the “morning-after pill.” In a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists […]

Pro-Gay Baptist Groups Excluded From Official Role in Unity Event

posted by akornfeld

Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Leaders of an upcoming Baptist unity celebration have denied two Baptist organizations an official role in the event because they support gay rights. The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists and the Baptist Peace […]

Dems Go to School to Reach Young Evangelicals

posted by akornfeld

By Jennifer Koons Religion News Service Washington — Bolstered by polls showing that a growing number of young evangelicals are turning away from the Republican Party, Democrats are on a campaign to reach them where they’re at — in school. […]

Religion Still Marginalized in Foreign Policy

posted by akornfeld

By David E. Anderson Religion News Service U.S. foreign policy officials have shown an increased understanding of religion’s importance to American diplomacy, but the government’s activities in that area display a “lack of strategic thinking” that hampers efforts abroad, according […]

Protests Over Plans Convert Church into Casino

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Michelle Rindels Ukrainian Catholics are fighting to stop a U.S.-owned company from turning a 19th-century church into a casino, according to international reports. Protesters inside St. Joseph’s church in Dnipropetrovsk were forcefully evicted before the roof and ceiling […]

Korean Hostage Killed by Taliban

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Kabul, Afghanistan – July 25, 2007 – Afghan police discovered the bullet-riddled body of a South Korean hostage Wednesday as the Taliban released eight other captives who were taken to a U.S. military base, officials said. Because of […]

Grand jury Doesn’t Indict Doctor for Katrina Patient Deaths

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Gwen Filosa and John Pope New Orleans — Closing one of the most sensational chapters in post-Katrina New Orleans, Dr. Anna Pou said she fell to her knees and thanked God when she learned Tuesday (July 24) that […]

Leader of Humanistic Judaism Dead at 79

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Adelle M. Banks Rabbi Sherwin Wine, the founder of the humanistic stream of Judaism, died Saturday (July 21) in an automobile accident. Wine, 79, was vacationing in Morocco at the time. Described by the Humanist chaplain of Harvard […]

Vatican Appeals To Stop Execution of Georgia Man

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Michelle Rindels The Vatican is appealing to U.S. officials to commute the death sentence of a Georgia man convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. Saying that a number of key witnesses have recanted their testimonies, the […]

Islamic Banking Bilks the Pious, Critics Say

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Omar Sacribey Rizwan Kadir liked working in finance, but when he read a verse in the Quran that said engaging in usury was the same as “waging war” against God and Islam’s prophet Muhammad, fear struck him. “When […]

Italian Mosque Raided by Police

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Perugia, Italy – Jul 23, 2007 – Authorities in the Italian city of Perugia raided a local mosque during the weekend, arresting its imam and seizing a number of chemicals. The Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday […]

China Sees Activists As Olympic Threat

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Beijing – July 23, 2007 – China’s intelligence services are gearing up for next year’s Beijing Olympics, gathering information on foreigners who might mount protests and spoil the nation’s moment in the spotlight. Government spy agencies and think […]

UK Court: Sacred Bull Should Be Killed

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press London – July 23, 2007 – The decision to slaughter a bull revered as sacred by his Hindu caretakers is justified, a British court ruled Monday, overturning a decision by a lower court last week. The ruling could […]

Kidnapped Italian Priest Freed

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Manila, Philippines – July 19, 2007 – An Italian missionary priest kidnapped more than a month ago has been released after negotiations with a rogue faction of a Muslim separatist group, Philippine police said Friday. The Rev. Giancarlo […]

Bush Alters Interrogation Rules

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Washington – President Bush signed an executive order Friday spelling out new interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects that bar cruel and inhumane treatment, humiliation or denigration of prisoners’ religious beliefs. The White House declined to say whether the […]

Latin Mass Change Praised by Jewish Leader

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Rome, Jul 19, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — Jewish leaders in Italy praised the Vatican Thursday for contemplating the removal of a Latin mass prayer that calls for the conversion of Jews. The praise from the nation’s […]

Pakistan Suicide Blasts Kill 51

posted by David Kuo

Karachi, Pakistan – July 19, 2007, Pakistan’s turmoil spread from the Afghan frontier to the south, where a suicide bomber struck a convoy carrying Chinese workers – one of three suicide attacks that killed at least 51 people Thursday. President […]

Ma. Governor Files $1 Billion Stem Cell Bill

posted by David Kuo

Boston – July 19, 2007, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick filed legislation Thursday that would put $1 billion (euro720 million) over the next 10 years into life science research, including creating what he called the world’s largest repository of new stem […]

Giuliani: Abortion Not a Test for Judges

posted by David Kuo

Council Bluffs, Iowa – – July 18, 2007, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, a proponent of abortion rights, said Wednesday he would not use a judicial nominee’s stand on the issue or the landmark Supreme Court decision as a litmus […]

Vatican No. 2 Calls Pope Sweet, ‘Volcano of Creativity’

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Vatican City – July 18, The Vatican’s No. 2 official defended Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday following a flurry of hard-line Vatican documents, saying he was a sweet, respectful “volcano of creativity.” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary […]

New Beijing Bishop Chosen

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Vatican City – July 17, Catholic clergy in China have named a new bishop for Beijing, reports said Wednesday – the first appointment since Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Chinese Catholics urging them to unite under […]

Interfaith Leaders Commend North Korean Nuclear Pact

posted by David Kuo

RNS Adelle Banks An interfaith coalition of religious leaders is congratulating the Bush administration for reaching an agreement with North Korea to shutdown its nuclear weapons facilities. “The agreement with North Korea demonstrates the value of diplomacy in preventing the […]

Safety a Top Priority for Vacation Bible School

posted by David Kuo

RNS MICHELLE RINDELS When planning Vacation Bible School activities, Nicole Carmines decided it wasn’t enough to require background checks on volunteers and to inspect photo IDs at child pickup time. So she decided to hire two uniformed police officers to […]

No Sanctions in School Race Project

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Albuquerque, New Mexico – July 17, School leaders in a New Mexico district will not face federal sanctions for allowing a high school project on racism in which students posted signs reading “Whites Only” and “People of Color” […]

Asylum Ruling Leaves Out Chinese Spouses

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press New York – July 17, The husbands of women forced to abort a pregnancy, undergo involuntary sterilization or face persecution under China’s coercive population control program do not automatically qualify for asylum, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. […]

Bush Calls for Mideast Peace Conference

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Washington, July 16 – Declaring a “moment of choice” in the Middle East, President George W. Bush said Monday he would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a peace conference aimed at restarting stalled […]

Pagans Upset Over Homer Simpson Stunt

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Dorset, England, July 16 – The Wessex, Britain, Pagan Federation chapter has said they will do “rain magic” to wash away a giant chalk drawing of cartoon character Homer Simpson. The 180-foot publicity stunt for the new […]

L.A. Archdiocese Agrees to $660 Million Settlement

posted by mkress

Associated Press LOS ANGELES, July 16 – After a whirlwind weekend, the negotiations that produced a landmark $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse are heading toward […]

Mideast Mediators Set Up Blair Meeting

posted by mkress

Associated Press UNITED NATIONS AP) – The key international Mideast mediators will confer with former British prime minister Tony Blair for the first time next week in his new role promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the U.N. said […]

Surgeon General Nominee Denies Gay Bias

posted by mkress

Asociated Press WASHINGTON – President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general insisted Thursday that he harbors no bias against homosexuals in spite of his 1991 writings viewed by some as anti-gay. Dr. James Holsinger faced tough questioning at his Senate confirmation […]

Poll: Muslims, Evangelicals Closer Than Many Might Think

posted by mkress

By Omar Sacribey Religion News Service Muslim Americans and white evangelicals find themselves on opposite sides of many issues, but have more in common than other religious groups when it comes to religious fervor, scriptural literalism and social morality, according […]

Red Mosque Complex Battered After Battle

posted by jmcgee

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Chunks of concrete are missing from the mosque’s minarets. The walls of a religious school painted with Islamic verses are peppered with bullet holes. Black flies swarm over a makeshift bunker, blasted apart under a stairwell. A […]

Old Testament Features All-Star Black Hollywood Cast

posted by jmcgee

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Hollywood, meet the Bible. Zondervan, the Christian publishing giant, is launching the prequel to its critically acclaimed spoken-word Bible, “Inspired By … The Bible Experience” — an Old Testament version that will include a Hollywood cast […]

Protesters Disrupt First U.S. Senate Prayer By A Hindu

posted by jmcgee

WASHINGTON – A Hindu clergyman made history Thursday by offering the U.S. Senate’s morning prayer, but only after police officers removed three shouting protesters from the visitors’ gallery. Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple, gave the […]

Psychologists to Review Stance On Gays

posted by Jana Melpolder

NEW YORK – The American Psychological Association is embarking on the first review of its 10-year-old policy on counseling gays and lesbians, a step that gay-rights activists hope will end with a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change […]

Cleric in Radical Pakistan Mosque Killed

posted by Jana Melpolder

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A radical cleric whose besieged mosque sought to impose strict Islamic morality on the Pakistani capital was killed Tuesday after refusing to respond to troops who demanded his surrender, officials said. About 50 militants and eight soldiers […]

Ohio Vouchers Help Buttress Schools Even as Church Downsizes

posted by Jana Melpolder

CLEVELAND — Across Northeast Ohio, population shifts from older neighborhoods to the suburbs could mean the closing, merger or consolidation of about one in six schools operated by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. But in Cleveland proper, Catholic schools have […]

Surgeon General Pick Under Scrutiny for Gay Views

posted by Jana Melpolder

Washington – President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general faces an uncertain confirmation in light of a 16-year-old paper he wrote as part of the United Methodist Church’s Committee to Study Homosexuality. In an eight-page paper titled “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality,” […]

Trade Association: Sales of Christian Products Reach $4.6 Billion

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sales of Christian products increased to $4.6 billion last year, according to reports by the major trade association for Christian retailing. The $4.63 billion in 2006 sales, through a range of religious and secular distribution channels, is up from $4.3 […]

Arab League Sending Delegation to Israel

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jerusalem – For the first time in its history, the 22-nation Arab League will send a delegation to Israel this week, with the mission of discussing a sweeping peace initiative as well as the threat posed by Hamas and other […]

Mo. Tightens Abortion Clinic Regulations

posted by Jana Melpolder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 6–Missouri abortion providers will face new regulations for their clinics and new restrictions on teaching sex education classes under a bill Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law Friday. The measure places more abortion clinics under government […]

Pope Relaxes Restrictions for Latin Mass

posted by Jana Melpolder

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the Latin Mass on Saturday in a concession to traditional Catholics, but he stressed that he was in no way rolling back the reforms of […]

ACLU Files Suit Over Jesus Icon in Courthouse

posted by Jana Melpolder

SLIDELL, La. (RNS) A portrait of Jesus Christ that hangs in the lobby of Slidell City Court violates the separation of church and state, according to a a federal lawsuit that was filed Tuesday (July 3) by the Louisiana American […]

Churches Seek Insurance Relief

posted by Jana Melpolder

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wesley United Methodist Church is a congregation of a few hundred members in Marco Island, Fla. It is an active congregation with ministries to the homeless, students and the elderly, and every year it sends missionaries to […]

Move Over, Harry, Christian Fantasy is Back

posted by Jana Melpolder

Whether using dragons, firefish or sword-wielding soccer moms, writers in the emerging category of Christian fantasy fiction are clamoring for a spot in the marketplace. Fantasy fiction in general commands a large following and copious real estate in bookstores. But […]

Lawmakers Seek Bishops’ Help in Ending Iraq War

posted by Jana Melpolder

Washington – In a rare reversal of roles, 14 Catholic members of Congress are lobbying U.S. Catholic bishops to step up efforts to end the war in Iraq. The lawmakers, all Democrats, wrote to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Nepalese Goddess Loses Title After U.S. Tour

posted by jmcgee

A 10-year-old Nepalese girl lost her title as a Hindu living goddess because she left the country to promote a film. Sajani Shakya was the first living goddess — or “kumari” — ever to leave the country. Her June visit […]

Mo. Tightens Abortion Clinic Regulations

posted by jmcgee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 6–Missouri abortion providers will face new regulations for their clinics and new restrictions on teaching sex education classes under a bill Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law Friday. The measure places more abortion clinics under government […]

Mo. Conceals Executioners’ Identities

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jefferson City, Mo. – People who carry out executions can sue others who disclose their identities, under a new law that followed reports that a doctor who attended Missouri executions had been sued for malpractice more than 20 times. Some […]

Doctor Challenges Kansas Abortion Law

posted by Jana Melpolder

Topeka, Kan. – Hoping to end a criminal case against him, a high-profile abortion provider filed a legal challenge Monday to the constitutionality of part of a Kansas law restricting late-term procedures. Dr. George Tiller, one of the few U.S. […]

Battle at Radical Muslim Mosque Kills 9

posted by Jana Melpolder

Islamabad, Pakistan – Security forces clashed with Islamic students outside a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital Tuesday, triggering gunfire that killed nine people, including four of the militant students, a senior official said. The students later pelted two government […]

ACLU Files Suit Over Jesus Icon in Courthouse

posted by jmcgee

SLIDELL, La. (RNS) A portrait of Jesus Christ that hangs in the lobby of Slidell City Court violates the separation of church and state, according to a a federal lawsuit that was filed Tuesday (July 3) by the Louisiana American […]

Churches Seek Insurance Relief

posted by jmcgee

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wesley United Methodist Church is a congregation of a few hundred members in Marco Island, Fla. It is an active congregation with ministries to the homeless, students and the elderly, and every year it sends missionaries to […]

Move Over, Harry, Christian Fantasy is Back

posted by jmcgee

Whether using dragons, firefish or sword-wielding soccer moms, writers in the emerging category of Christian fantasy fiction are clamoring for a spot in the marketplace. Fantasy fiction in general commands a large following and copious real estate in bookstores. But […]

Lawmakers Seek Bishops’ Help in Ending Iraq War

posted by jmcgee

Washington – In a rare reversal of roles, 14 Catholic members of Congress are lobbying U.S. Catholic bishops to step up efforts to end the war in Iraq. The lawmakers, all Democrats, wrote to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Alabama Governor Urges Prayer for Rain

posted by Jana Melpolder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) With the state’s weather forecasters not delivering much-needed rain, Gov. Bob Riley has turned to a higher power, issuing a proclamation calling for a week of prayer for rain. Riley encouraged Alabamians to pray, starting Saturday (June […]

Study: LDS Faith Doesn’t Lead to Bankruptcy

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jun. 29–At first glance, it seems logical to assume Utah’s high bankruptcy rate is connected to the large number of Mormons living in the state. After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages members to pay 10 […]

Break for Muslim School Prayer Criticized

posted by Jana Melpolder

San Diego, Jul 2, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — A San Diego elementary school is embroiled in controversy over a policy allowing Muslim students to pray during a school break. Critics told the San Diego Union-Tribune the policy at Carver […]

Ministries Aren’t Just for the Big Names Anymore

posted by Jana Melpolder

LAS VEGAS — Television ministry used to be the province of a few prominent preachers like Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell. But the business — and it is a business — has definitely come of age. At this […]

Methodists, Presbyterians, Brethren Report Lower Numbers

posted by Jana Melpolder

Three mainline Protestant denominations — the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Church of the Brethren — have experienced steady decreases in U.S. membership rolls, continuing long-term trends, according to separate June reports. A “state of the […]

Bush Announces Envoy to Islamic Countries

posted by Jana Melpolder

(RNS) Hoping to improve America’s negative image in the Muslim world, President Bush said he will appoint a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a political group of 57 nations home to more than 1 billion Muslims. […]

Mo. Conceals Executioners’ Identities

posted by jmcgee

Jefferson City, Mo. – People who carry out executions can sue others who disclose their identities, under a new law that followed reports that a doctor who attended Missouri executions had been sued for malpractice more than 20 times. Some […]

Doctor Challenges Kansas Abortion Law

posted by jmcgee

Topeka, Kan. – Hoping to end a criminal case against him, a high-profile abortion provider filed a legal challenge Monday to the constitutionality of part of a Kansas law restricting late-term procedures. Dr. George Tiller, one of the few U.S. […]

Battle at Radical Muslim Mosque Kills 9

posted by jmcgee

Islamabad, Pakistan – Security forces clashed with Islamic students outside a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital Tuesday, triggering gunfire that killed nine people, including four of the militant students, a senior official said. The students later pelted two government […]

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