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Swedish Muslims Rally Against Newspaper That Published Prophet Cartoon

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 31, 2007 STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Scores of Muslims staged a demonstration Friday against a Swedish newspaper and demanded that its chief editor apologize for publishing a drawing depicting the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body. The […]

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Diana Remembered at Memorial Service

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 31, 2007 LONDON – Princess Diana’s family solemnly marked the 10th anniversary of her death Friday, with her younger son eulogizing her as “the best mother in the world.” The bishop of London used his sermon […]

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Germany’s Biggest Synagogue Reopening

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 30, 2007 BERLIN – Werner Bab remembers going with his father to Berlin’s Rykestrasse Synagogue in the 1930s, soon after the Nazis came to power – a time, he says, when all the talk among the […]

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Muslims Hope New Show Breaks Cultural Barriers

posted by nsymmonds

Raja Musharaff is a Pakistani Muslim exchange student coming to America this fall. He’s not coming to join a terrorist cell, open a kabob shop or become a taxi driver. On the contrary, as one of the lead roles on […]

Update: Billy Graham Released from Hospital

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks (RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham, who had been hospitalized for episodes of intestinal bleeding, went home Thursday (Aug. 30), his staff announced. Graham, 88, entered Mission Health & Hospitals in Asheville, N.C., on Aug. 18 and underwent […]

Gordon College Triples Endowment With $60 Million Gift

posted by nsymmonds

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald BOSTON (RNS) An evangelical college on Boston’s North Shore is about to become nearly three times richer, thanks to a $60 million gift from a California couple whose two grandchildren attend the school. The gift to […]

Dig at Jerusalem Site Brings Ire

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 29, 2007 JERUSALEM – Israeli archaeologists on Wednesday criticized the extension of an underground cable at Jerusalem’s holiest site for Muslims and Jews, saying that digging the trench defies professional standards for such a sensitive historic […]

Holy Water Seized at Lourdes Airport

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 29, 2007 PARIS – Even holy water from the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes can’t get by airport security screening passengers for suspicious liquids. A passenger on a new Vatican-backed charter airline had to hand over […]

Lesbian Priest an Episcopal Bishop Nominee

posted by shuang

Associated Press CHICAGO – The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago included an openly lesbian priest among five nominees for bishop Tuesday, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops. The Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, […]

Confessing Your Sins Against the Environment

posted by shuang

Religion News Service Robert Nowell LONDON – Visitors to East Anglia’s annual Greenpeace fair in England on Sunday (Sept. 2) will be able to confess their sins against the environment to a Catholic priest. But the Rev. Antony Sutch, who […]

Ted Haggard’s Church Appoints a Successor

posted by shuang

Religion News Service Adelle Banks New Life Church, the Colorado megachurch whose leader Ted Haggard was dismissed last year after a sex and drug scandal, has approved a new senior pastor. Pastor Brady Boyd, a pastor at Gateway Church in […]

A Televangelist Loses Radio Show After Criciticizing Islam

posted by shuang

Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Christian televangelist who harshly criticizes Islam and other religions said Friday that his late-night program is being pulled off the air because of pressure from a Muslim group. Earlier this month, officials from […]

Ailing D. James Kennedy Resigns Florida Pulpit

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Adelle M. Banks The Rev. D. James Kennedy, who used his Florida-based television ministry to establish himself as a leading voice for religious conservatives, has retired from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Kennedy, 76, suffered a […]

A Minister Is Penalized for Marrying Gay Couples

posted by shuang

Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO – A Presbyterian minister was found guilty of violating church law for officiating at the weddings of two lesbian couples but given the lightest possible punishment, church and defense lawyers said Friday. A regional judicial committee […]

Mother Teresa’s Faith Struggle

posted by lsheahen

Mother Teresa’s hidden faith struggle, laid bare in a new book that shows she felt alone and separated from God, is forcing a re-examination of one of the world’s best known religious figures. The depth of her doubts could be […]

Televangelist’s Husband Turns Self In

posted by mkress

Associated Press ATLANTA – The minister husband of evangelist and gospel singer Juanita Bynum turned himself in Friday morning to face charges that he beat her outside a hotel earlier this week. Thomas W. Weeks III, known to his followers […]

Poll: God Vital to Young Americans

posted by mkress

Associated Press Among America’s young people, godliness contributes to happiness. An extensive survey by The Associated Press and MTV found that people aged 13 to 24 who describe themselves as very spiritual or religious tend to be happier than those […]

Hispanic Churches Add English Services

posted by mkress

Associated Press CHICAGO – On Sundays at La Casa del Carpintero, or the Carpenter’s House, they’ve raised twin yellow banners for churchgoers that read “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos.” As a complement to the regular 11:30 a.m. Spanish service at the independent […]

Witch Priestess Charged in Intra-Wiccan Feud

posted by mkress

Associated Press Salem, Mass., Aug. 23–A self-proclaimed high priestess of witches and a second person were accused of tossing raccoon parts on the doorsteps of businesses, allegedly as part of a Wiccan community feud. Salem, famous for holding witch trials […]

Billy Graham Undergoes Colonoscopy to Treat Bleeding

posted by mkress

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service After three episodes of intestinal bleeding, evangelist Billy Graham underwent a colonoscopy Wednesday (Aug. 22) to address his ailment. His doctor found an area of active bleeding and treated it with cauterization, officials […]

Muslim Group Fights Co-Conspirator Label In Terror-Funding Trial

posted by mkress

Associated Press Dallas, Aug. 23–The leader of a nationwide Muslim civil-rights group says the U.S. government tried to shut down his group by publicly alleging it was involved in a terrorism-financing trial. The Council on American-Islamic Relations was one of […]

Archbishop Writes Prayers To Be Read At Diana Memorial

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 20, 2007 LONDON – The Archbishop of Canterbury noted Princess Diana’s willingness to reach out to the poor and downtrodden in two prayers meant to be read at memorial services marking the 10th anniversary of her […]

Hindu Temple In Atlanta Suburbs Will Be Largest In US

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 22, 2007 LILBURN, Georgia – When members of Atlanta’s Hindu community unveil a new religious and cultural center on Sunday, it will be the largest temple of its kind in the United States. The BAPS Shri […]

Religious Charges Swarm Around Louisiana Campaign

posted by nsymmonds

By Jan Moller BATON ROUGE, La. (RNS) A Republican gubernatorial candidate accused Louisiana Democrats of reaching “a new low” with TV ads that accuse him of insulting Protestants, and demanded the ad be taken off the air. Democratic Party officials […]

Amish Say Animal ID System Goes Against the Bible

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Pat Shellenbarger Blanchard, Mich. — Glen Mast doesn’t own a computer and doesn’t want one, but he and other Amish farmers complain the Michigan Department of Agriculture is insisting they tag their cattle with electronic chips in violation […]

Protest in support of new NYC Arabic school

posted by David Kuo

New York – August 20, 2007 – Friends and foes of an embattled public school whose curriculum will be taught in Arabic raised the volume of their rhetoric Monday, with critics warning students could be “indoctrinated” with radical Islamic beliefs […]

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Mo. Law

posted by David Kuo

Jefferson City, Mo. – August 20, 2007 – Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to strike down a new Missouri law that it claims could eliminate abortion services in large parts of the state by subjecting clinics to stringent […]

Episcopalians Turn Over Keys to Michigan Cathedral

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Ron Cammel Portage, Mich. – After 40 years, a “simple, quiet, sedate liturgy” brought the landmark Episcopal Cathedral of Christ the King to a close. The building, which resembles a fortress-like castle, has been the bishop’s seat for […]

Graham `Fair and Improving’ in Hospital

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Daniel Burke Evangelist Billy Graham is in “fair and improving” condition at a North Carolina hospital after he was admitted Saturday (Aug. 18) for intestinal bleeding, a spokesperson said Monday. Graham, 88, is alert, walking around and visiting […]

Woman Who Sought Sanctuary in Church Deported

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Daniel Burke U.S. officials deported illegal Mexican immigrant and activist Elvira Arellano Sunday (Aug. 19) in Los Angeles, days after she left her refuge at a Chicago church to launch a national immigration-reform campaign. Arellano, 32, was arrested […]

Methodist Group Files Lawsuit Over Civil Union Flap

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Robert Schwaneberg Luisa Paster and Harriet Bernstein of Ocean Grove, N.J., say they were not trying to start a federal case when they complained last month to the state’s civil rights agency. “All that we were trying to […]

ACLU Sues to Stop Church Donations

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Susan Finch New Orleans – The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court here Monday (Aug. 13) to stop Louisiana from making taxpayer-financed donations to two churches. The gifts targeted in the case — $100,000 to […]

Diplomat Charged with Threatening Arabs Quits

posted by mkress

Associated Press WASHINGTON – A career U.S. diplomat indicted this week for sending threatening messages to an Arab political organization has retired from the foreign service, the State Department said Thursday. Patrick Syring retired last month, about a year after […]

Man, 91, to Be Deported for Aiding Nazis

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 16, 2007 BOSTON – An immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a 91-year-old retired factory worker because he lied about his part in the Nazi destruction of Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto in 1943, federal prosecutors said […]

U.S. Government Going Online To Reach Muslim Youth

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 16, 2007 RABAT, Morocco – U.S. State Department chiefs chose a novel way to publicize baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr.’s recent appointment as the country’s special sports envoy. They went on YouTube. Under Secretary of State […]

Church-State Group Complains After Baptist Endorses Huckabee

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) A church-state watchdog group is urging the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a top Southern Baptist pastor and radio personality, saying that he violated tax laws by endorsing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Americans United for Separation of Church and […]

‘September Dawn’ Explores Mormons’ Darkest Hour

posted by mkress

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service Now the “Mountain Meadows Massacre” is becoming more than a subject of somber reflection within tight-knit Mormon circles. Two new films and a forthcoming book aim to tell the nation what happened, why […]

Liberal Protestant Icons Post ‘Help Wanted’ Signs

posted by mkress

By Chris Herlinger Religion News Service NEW YORK — When the Rev. Bob Edgar announced that he was stepping down as head of the National Council of Churches, someone suggested that he might apply for the soon-to-be-vacant pulpit across the […]

Christians Push for Common Code on Conversions

posted by mkress

Associated Press GENEVA, Aug. 15–Evangelical groups have joined efforts spearheaded by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and mainstream Protestant churches to create a common code for religious conversions that would preserve the right of Christians to spread their religion while avoiding conflict […]

Some Say Schools Giving MuslimsSpecial Treatment

posted by nsymmonds

USA Today – July 26, 2007 Some public schools and universities are granting Muslim requests for prayer times, prayer rooms and ritual foot baths, prompting a debate on whether Islam is being given preferential treatment over other religions. The University […]

Trees planted for last pope to be chopped down for new pope’s visitto Austria

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 14, 2007 VIENNA, Austria – They were planted to honor one pope. Now they’re being purged for another. Four stately lime trees ceremoniously planted near a popular Roman Catholic shrine in 1983 for a visit to […]

Methodist Group Files Lawsuit Over Civil Union Flap

posted by nsymmonds

By Robert Schwaneberg (RNS) Luisa Paster and Harriet Bernstein of Ocean Grove, N.J., say they were not trying to start a federal case when they complained last month to the state’s civil rights agency. “All that we were trying to […]

Man Apologizes for Attack on Wiesel

posted by lsheahen

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A man charged with dragging Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel from a hotel elevator apologized in court Monday to the Nobel laureate over the alleged anti-Semitic attack. Eric Hunt, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges of […]

Amnesty at Odds with Vatican

posted by lsheahen

MEXICO CITY, Aug 13, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — The international rights group Amnesty International is poised to defy the Roman Catholic Church by endorsing abortion rights for rape victims. The group’s leaders are meeting Mexico City this week, and […]

Lutherans: No Change to Gay Clergy Rules

posted by lsheahen

CHICAGO (RNS) — Efforts to eliminate a celibacy requirement for gay Lutheran clergy failed Saturday (Aug. 11) at a churchwide assembly, but delegates urged bishops to refrain from disciplining sexually active gay pastors. After five days of debate among delegates […]

Dems Questioned on Gay Marriage

posted by bnet

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democratic presidential contenders Thursday sought to underscore their differences with Republicans on gay and lesbian rights, but leading candidates also faced sharp questions on their reluctance to embrace marriage for same-sex couples. In a forum focusing […]

‘New Media’ Fatwas Irk Muslim Leaders

posted by bnet

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – The Internet, satellite television and even the telephone are increasingly being used in the Muslim world to issue fatwas – religious decrees – on issues as varied as whether women can pluck their eyebrows or good […]

China to Approve Buddha Reincarnations

posted by bnet

By Jennifer Koons, Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Against the backdrop of celebrations to mark the one-year countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government has angered religious freedom activists by attempting to assert greater influence over the successor […]

Buddhist-Muslim Violence Intensifies in Thailand

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press KOLOMUDO VILLAGE, Thailand – The black-uniformed raiders roared into this Thai Muslim village, firing assault rifles and hurling grenades from a pickup truck at a group of teenagers relaxing near the mosque. When the attack was over, five […]

Vatican Seeks to Reassure Jews

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Thursday sought to calm Jewish anger over the pope’s meeting with a prominent Polish priest accused of anti-Semitism, declaring the encounter did not imply any change in the church’s desire for good […]

In Iraq, Shiites Make Mass Pilgrimage

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press BAGHDAD – Hundreds of thousands of Shiites marched to a gold-domed mosque in harsh heat and sun Thursday in a pilgrimage of devotion to an 8th century saint that also starkly demonstrated their political power. Only scattered strikes […]

Giuliani Declines Questions About Faith

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Davenport, Iowa – August 7- Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that whether he was a practicing Catholic was a personal matter as he declined to answer questions about his religion. Addressing a town-hall meeting in Iowa, […]

Mo. Executions Could Resume After Ruling

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press St. Louis – August 8, 2007 – A federal appeals court has refused to consider whether Missouri’s lethal injection method of capital punishment is constitutional, leaving it unclear whether executions will resume in the state. The 8th U.S. […]

Russian Church: School Must Teach Morals

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Moscow- August 8 – A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said Wednesday that the country’s schools should teach religious principles and moral values, and he accused some leading scientists of trying to impose the “ideology of science” on the […]

Defunct Charity Sues Over Terrorist Labeling

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Les Zaitz Portland, Ore. (RNS) The traces of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation Inc., the Islamic charity shut nearly three years for ties to terrorism, are disappearing. The camel, once a feature in local parades, died. The prayer house on […]

Two Years After Katrina, St. Gabriel is Back at St. Gabriel’s

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Valerie Faciane New Orleans — It’s been nearly two years since the statue of St. Gabriel last stood at the main entrance of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church. Six feet of water poured into the church after […]

Obama’s Church Has a New Pastor for a New Generation

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Diana Keough Chicago — Otis Moss III is striking in a raw way. Broad-faced, boyish and slender, the 36-year-old preacher looks more like a man who is consumed with fashion than the fate of sinners. But when he […]

Mayor Stirs Anger With Catholic Postcards

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Jim Harger and Lindsay Vanhulle Grand Rapids, Mich. (RNS) Mayor George Heartwell’s campaign postcard to Catholic voters has upset some local members of that faith. The face of the postcard shows St. Mary’s Catholic Church steeple and the […]

Former Paris Cardinal, a Jewish Convert, Dies at 80

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Francis X. Rocca Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Jewish convert whose mother died in the Auschwitz concentration camp before he rose to become the Roman Catholic archbishop of Paris, died Sunday (August 6) at the age of 80. The […]

Report Says Pentagon Erred in Allowing Christian Video

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Jennifer Koons Washington – High-ranking Army and Air Force personnel violated military regulations when they participated in a promotional video for a private evangelical organization, according to a report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General. A Pentagon […]

China Arrests Pro-Tibet Protesters

posted by David Kuo

Associated Press Beijing – August 3 – Scores of people have been arrested in a traditionally Tibetan area of western China following public calls for the return of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reports said Friday. Police and […]

Fight Over Sex Education Goes to Court

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Washington – Aug 3 – A Maryland court is being asked to decide whether Montgomery County schools can launch a controversial new sex education curriculum this fall. Opponents of the move have filed an administrative appeal seeking […]

Newscaster Suspended for Affair With Mayor

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Los Angeles – Aug 3 – A Los Angeles newscaster was suspended without pay for two months for covering Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while they were romantically involved. Besides KVEA-TV newscaster Mirthala Salinas’ suspension, three others at the […]

Romney’s Faith Faces Uphill Fight in South Carolina

posted by David Kuo

RNS By Alexandra Steigrad Washingon — Can a Mormon win the White House? It’s a question on the minds of many voters watching former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — not to mention Romney’s campaign itself. But for the Romney camp, […]

Lutherans to Open Sexuality Debate — Again

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Daniel Burke The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination will again face the divisive issue of sexuality when it considers resolutions on gay clergy and same-sex blessings at its biennial assembly in Chicago next week (Aug. 8-12). After the Evangelical […]

Beliefs in the Afterlife Grow With Age, Survey Shows

posted by David Kuo

RNS by Michelle Rindels As Americans get older, their confidence in an afterlife increases, according to a recent survey of people over 50 conducted by the AARP, the advocacy group for seniors. Seventy-three percent of older people believe in life […]

Banished Vick: ‘It Pains Me’

posted by David Kuo

AJC Embattled Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said in a radio interview on WVEE-FM Monday that he was remorseful for the negativity his situation has brought to Atlanta and team owner Arthur Blank and that he is hopeful, but not certain, […]

Religious Physicians Not Focused on Poor

posted by David Kuo

United Press International Chicago – Jul 31 – A U.S. study found that religiously focused physicians don’t disproportionately care for poor and underserved patients. The study — conducted by Drs. Farr Curlin, Lydia Dugdale, John Lantos and Marshall Chin at […]

Religious Investing Gains More Clout

posted by David Kuo

RNS By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religious activists with a moral agenda for corporate America used to rely primarily on consumer boycotts and sympathetic lawmakers to get the attention of Wall Street. But now their toolbox is growing — and there’s […]

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