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High Court’s Decision Could Temporarily Halt Lethal Injection Executions in US

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Associated Press WASHINGTON – Two prosecutors in the state of Texas, the U.S. leader in executions, said Wednesday they will wait for a Supreme Court decision on lethal injection procedures before asking judges to set execution dates for death row […]

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Defiant Monks March Again in Myanmar

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Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar – More than 100 Buddhist monks marched peacefully Wednesday in a northern Myanmar town noted for its defiance of the country’s military rulers, the first large protest since the junta violently crushed a wave anti-government demonstrations. […]

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Catholic Bishops Weigh Political Statement

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Associated Press The nation’s bishops will vote next month on a political roadmap for Roman Catholics headed into the 2008 election that gives top billing to abortion but also spotlights a wide range of issues, including opposition to torture and […]

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Dalai Lama Says China Could Learn from Canada’s Example

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press TORONTO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the Dalai Lama to Canada on Monday with the red-carpet treatment, risking the anger of China, which has been critical of western leaders who meet with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader. Monday’s […]

Anglicans, Catholics Still Not United on Mary

posted by nsymmonds

By Beckie Supiano Religion News Service Two years after Anglicans and Roman Catholics said they had reached a common understanding on the Virgin Mary, there’s still something about Mary that doesn’t quite sit right with some Anglicans. Specifically, some Anglicans […]

Court Reviews Child Pornography Law

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court explored Tuesday whether it could limit the reach of a child pornography law so that it would not apply to legitimate creative expression, vivid adolescent imaginations or innocent e-mails with provocative headings. The […]

Pope to Druggists: Shun ‘Immoral’ Prescriptions

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholic pharmacists on Monday to use conscientious objection to avoid dispensing drugs with “immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia.” In a speech to participants at the 25th International […]

Muslim Says Copies of Quran Confiscated

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court on Monday to bar a Muslim inmate from suing prison officials who allegedly confiscated two copies of his Quran and prayer rug. The inmate should be limited to filing […]

Evangelical Leaders Meet with Rice on Middle East

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service A small group of evangelical leaders met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday (Oct. 26) to support a two-state solution to achieve peace in the Middle East. The meeting follows a July […]

Brownback and Giuliani Discuss Abortion

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Sen. Sam Brownback pronounced himself “much more comfortable” with Rudy Giuliani’s position on abortion after the one-time rivals for the Republican presidential nomination discussed the issue Thursday. Giuliani flew to Washington for a meeting he requested […]

Unitarians Try to Raise Profile with New Ad Campaign

posted by nsymmonds

By Shona Crabtree Religion News Service Proud of their liberal views, spiritual skepticism and religious diversity — counting atheists, neo-pagans and Buddhists in their ranks — Unitarian Universalists are not known as heavy-duty evangelizers. But with just 250,000 members nationwide […]

Barring Muslim Scholar’s Visit Debated

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press NEW YORK – A U.S. government attorney urged a judge not to interfere with the decision to block a prominent Muslim scholar from entering the country. But an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer told U.S. District Judge Paul […]

Some Christians Torn on What to Make of Halloween

posted by akornfeld

By Heather Donckels Religion News Service Cindy Cathcart was angry with God and on the brink of divorce and suicide on Oct. 30, 1998, when her nephew dragged her to “Hell House.” Though raised Lutheran, she had repeatedly refused her […]

Vatican Beatifying 498 from Spain’s War

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Cuenca, Spain – First the militia fighters thought of hacking the bishop to death with an ax. In the end, they showed pity and shot him – one of hundreds of executions of Roman Catholic clergy as civil […]

Rabbis Nourish Crews with Food, Lessons

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Associated Press Running Springs, Calif. – Dark beards blowing, black felt fedoras flying off their heads, the four Hasidic rabbis clapped their chests with open palms and cheered as the firefighting helicopter dipped its bucket into their camp swimming pool. […]

Muslims Chide Pope

posted by nsymmonds

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — Muslim leaders who attended an interfaith peace conference with Pope Benedict XVI chided the pope for not responding to a recent olive branch from Muslim scholars, and complained that the […]

Okla. Lawmakers Return Qurans

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY – Several Oklahoma lawmakers plan to return copies of the Quran to a state panel on diversity after a lawmaker claimed the Muslim holy book condones the killing of innocent people. The books were given to […]

Rice: Mideast Peace in Jeopardy

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Associated Press WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that a “two-state solution” in the Middle East was in jeopardy and described a narrow window of opportunity to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace. In a House […]

New Ten Commandments Film Features a New Love Story

posted by akornfeld

By David Briggs Religion News Service The image–Charlton Heston as Moses–has been carved into the minds of generations. Few who have seen the Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster can forget Heston’s majestic, commanding presence as he comes down from Mount Sinai […]

Some Seek Release of Rabin’s Assassin

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Jerusalem – As Israel marked the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Tuesday, his killer is at the center of an emotional debate. Should Yigal Amir be allowed to attend the circumcision of […]

Mormon Romney Finds Christian Support

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Greenville, S.C. – Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has been embraced in a most unlikely place: at Bob Jones University, the influential Christian college that teaches that his Mormon church is a cult. In early-voting South Carolina, Romney has […]

‘Values Voters’ Split Over Issues and Candidates

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks and Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON — William and Lyra Hoeft of Florida say they want a president who will “hold our borders” and protect national security. Joe Guarino of Illinois wants someone who will […]

Anglicans in Montreal, San Francisco Vote for Same-Sex Blessings

posted by nsymmonds

By Ron Csillag Religion News Service (RNS) A second Canadian Anglican diocese has voted to approve the blessing of same-sex marriages. Delegates at the Diocese of Montreal’s annual synod voted Friday (Oct. 19) to request that the bishop grant permission […]

Mistrial Declared in Muslim Charity Case

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press DALLAS – A judge declared a mistrial Monday for former leaders of a Muslim charity accused of funding terrorism, after chaos broke out in the court when three jurors disputed some verdicts that had been announced. One defendant, […]

Indians Have Angels In the Clubhouse

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By Karen Farkas Religion News Service GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — In 22 seasons of triumph, despair and frustration in the Cleveland Indians’ quest for a World Series title, there has been one constant. Chocolate chip cookies. The team’s most dedicated […]

Bay Area Tibetan Community Cheers Bush

posted by nsymmonds

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Oct. 18–OAKLAND — When President Bush handed the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday, the Bay Area Tibetan community applauded. Some took the day off so they could watch the presentation on TV. A […]

Senator Cuts Religious Group Funding

posted by nsymmonds

By Bill Walsh Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Bowing to pressure, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has backed off an attempt to steer $100,000 to a Christian group that supports teaching religious and alternative theories of creation alongside evolution in science […]

Schools Stretch Bodies, Attention Spans

posted by akornfeld

The Providence Journal Newport – It’s not easy being a child. How do you suddenly go from tearing around the playground to concentrating on schoolwork? How do you get control of your emotions when you become angry or overexcited? One […]

Catholic Reformers Continue Push for Change

posted by akornfeld

The Providence Journal Providence – Voice of the Faithful, the organization of reform- minded lay Catholics spawned by the priest sex-abuse scandal that erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston five years ago, will hold its third national convention beginning Friday […]

Transsexual Pastor Prompts Uneasy Questions for Methodists

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service Baltimore – The Rev. Drew Phoenix is many things to many people. To St. John’s of Baltimore City, he’s the fun-loving pastor who counsels them, takes their kids hiking, explains Scripture, and plunges into […]

U.S. Rolls Out Red Carpet for Dalai Lama as China Objects

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Demonstrating an unprecedented show of support for Tibet, the U.S. on Wednesday (Oct. 17) awarded the Dalai Lama the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, despite strong objections from […]

Embattled ORU President Takes Leave of Absence

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By Bobby Ross Jr. Religion News Service OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) The embattled president of Oral Roberts University will take an indefinite leave of absence but expects to return to the post “in God’s timing,” he said Wednesday (Oct. 17). The […]

Pope Names 23 New Cardinals

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By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday (Oct. 17) said he will elevate 23 men, including two Americans, to the highest ranks of the Roman Catholic hierarchy when he makes them cardinals […]

Wife of ORU Pres Denies Lurid Behavior

posted by akornfeld

Bobby Ross Jr. Religion News Service Oklahoma City – The wife of Oral Roberts University’s president denied charges that she spent the night with an underage male and engaged in other lurid behavior with a “male 16-year-old friend,” as alleged […]

Alternative Bar Mitzvahs for Some Young Jews

posted by akornfeld

By Joanna Corman Religion News Service Hannah Nemer’s bat mitzvah was still a year away, but already she was feeling reluctant about such a big production. Based on other Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies she had attended, she worried the ritual would […]

McCain Says He Prays No War with Iran

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday he prays every night the United States doesn’t go to war with Iran, and he blamed Russia and China for standing in the way of a diplomatic solution. “I […]

Ottawa Anglicans Approve Same-Sex Blessings

posted by nsymmonds

By Ron Csillag Religion News Service TORONTO (RNS) The Ottawa diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada has approved same-sex marriage blessings in a move sure to inflame tensions in the worldwide Anglican Communion in the debate over gay rights. […]

Evangelicals Look Overseas to Global Concerns

posted by nsymmonds

By ADELLE M. BANKS and BECKIE SUPIANO Religion News Service ARLINGTON, Va. — When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addressed U.S. evangelical leaders in an historic forum on Thursday (Oct. 11), there was nervousness on all sides. There was long-held […]

Spiritual Counseling Goes To the Dogs

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By David Briggs Religion News Service BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — There was a lot of heavy panting going on in front of St. Raphael Catholic Church earlier this month. But only after participants had rubbed noses and sniffed one another […]

Armenians Applaud U.S. Vote on Genocide

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 12, 2007 YEREVAN, Armenia – Armenian lawmakers rose to their feet in applause, and their president urged the United States to go further after a U.S. House panel approved a resolution labeling the World War I-era […]

Vatican Publishes Knights Templar Papers

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 12, 2007 VATICAN CITY – It’s not the Holy Grail, but for fans of “The Da Vinci Code” and its tantalizing story line about the Knights Templar, it could be the next best thing. Ignored for […]

Candidates Say Gore Deserves Nobel Win

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Reaction to former Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sharing the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in bringing world attention to the problem of climate change: “Of course he’s happy […]

Bishop Continues Campaign as Vatican, Paraguay Watch

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By Charles Lane Religion News Service Asuncion, Paraguay – Bishop Fernando Lugo gathered his flock on a cold Saturday morning, and they came — more than 600 mostly poor peasants — to the rural city of Horqueta. Unlike many rallies […]

Bush to Honor Dalai Lama

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – Risking heightened tensions with China, President Bush will attend a ceremony to award Congress’ highest civilian honor to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader whom Beijing reviles as a separatist. Bush will go to […]

Jewish Students Seek New Ways to Express Faith

posted by akornfeld

By Sarah More McCann Religion News Service Washington – The sukkah tent outside George Washington University’s Hillel was crowded as Conservative, Reform and Orthodox Jewish students gathered to celebrate Sukkot, a holiday commemorating the 40 years Jews spent wandering in […]

Latin Mass Popularity Growing in R.I.

posted by nsymmonds

The Providence Journal PROVIDENCE – The Rev. Alfred P. Almonte hadn’t celebrated the Mass in Latin in about four decades, so when one of his parishioners at St. Bartholomew parish in Silver Lake suggested that he bring back the Latin […]

Atheists: “Do Troops Have Our Backs?”

posted by nsymmonds

By Kay Campbell Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — In the midst of their fight to bring freedom to Iraq and Afghanistan, some American soldiers say they are finding their own freedoms threatened by the troops on their own side. […]

Accusations Against Son Shock Oral Roberts

posted by Patton Dodd

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Oral Roberts was blind-sided by allegations that the university he founded was being exploited by his son and daughter-in-law, the aging televangelist said Tuesday in his first public comments on the […]

Bishop Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt

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By Christine Hanley Associated Press Bishop Tod Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange pleaded not guilty today to contempt of court and apologized to the four women who settled their molestation lawsuits against the diocese last week. Lawyers […]

Man Takes the Bible Literally for a Year

posted by akornfeld

By Shona Crabtree Religion News Service Imagine spending a year of your life without telling a single lie, coveting thy neighbor’s iPhone or touching women. Author A.J. Jacobs did all that and more — stoning suspected adulterers with pebbles gathered […]

Israeli Doctors Treat Iraqi Patients

posted by akornfeld

By Jamal Halaby Associated Press Israeli doctors screened 40 Iraqi children suffering from heart disease Tuesday – a rare case of direct cooperation between the Jewish state and the Arab country. The doctors said they hoped their work would help […]

Golden Retriever Nurses Stray Kitten

posted by Patton Dodd

Associated Press – October 8, 2007 STEPHENS CITY, Va. – A stray kitten has found a new mother in a golden retriever, who began producing milk for the little feline after hearing its cries. Honey hadn’t given birth in 18 […]

DNA to settle mystery of Columbus’ origins

posted by Patton Dodd

United Press International BARCELONA, Spain, Oct 8, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus set foot in the Bahamas, DNA experts are working to determine the particulars of his early life. Theories about the mariner’s […]

Study: Christians Seen as Judgmental, Anti-Gay

posted by Patton Dodd

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2007 Religion News Service Young people have graded Christianity, and so far, the report card doesn’t look good. Majorities of young people in America describe modern-day Christianity as judgmental, hypocritical and anti-gay. What’s more, many […]

Church Gives Homeless a Ride to Services

posted by nsymmonds

By BECKIE SUPIANO Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Jill Peddycord and Gary Bradley bow their heads and pray in the front seats of a white van parked outside Metropolitan Baptist Church here. Peddycord asks for God’s blessing as they begin […]

Myanmar Expats Respond to Violence With Prayer

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By ROBERT L. SMITH Religion News Service AKRON, Ohio — From a small house on a busy street, Ai Hong and his wife, Aliyeh Chan, devote hours responding to the military crackdown in Myanmar, their former home. The military has […]

Gadget Invented To Help Pray The Rosary

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 5, 2007 ROME – An Italian electronics technician has invented a high-tech rosary, to help Catholic faithful recite the prayers using an electronic device instead of traditional beads. Shaped like an egg, decorated with images of […]

US Troops Watch Over Iraqi Pilgrimage

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Associated Press Najaf, Iraq – With the wounds still fresh from Shiite battles outside shrines in Karbala, Iraqi security forces aren’t taking any chances as worshippers fill another holy city. They have asked for a U.S. military show of force […]

Italian Bishops Buy Soccer Team to Help ‘Moralize’ Sport

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Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service Vatican City – In an effort to “moralize” a sport recently beset by scandal, Italy’s Roman Catholic bishops have purchased a professional soccer team, announcing plans to raise ethical standards for players, executives and […]

Lawmaker Protests Censorship of ‘God’

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press WASHINGTON – An Ohio lawmaker on Thursday demanded that Capitol officials change a policy that resulted in the word “God” being removed from a certificate accompanying a flag being sent to one of his constituents. Republican Rep. Michael […]

Travel Agency Accused of Pilgrimage Fraud

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 3, 2007 TRENTON, N.J. – A travel agency is accused of charging more than 50 Muslims thousands of dollars on a Mecca pilgrimage tour only to leave them standing in airports at the last minute without […]

Iraqi Christians in Fear or Exile

posted by nsymmonds

By JAMES PALMER Religion News Service BAGHDAD, Iraq — Nabil Comanny and his family endured the dead bodies left to decompose along the road in their southern Dora neighborhood. They accepted the criminal gangs that roamed the area, searching for […]

Bishop Would Deny Communion to Giuliani

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 3, 2007 ST. LOUIS – Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke, who made headlines last presidential season by saying he’d refuse Holy Communion to John Kerry, has his eye on Rudy Giuliani this year. Giuliani’s response: “Archbishops […]

Myanmar Citizens Launch Silent Protest

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Yangon, Myanmar – A growing number of citizens in Myanmar’s largest city are shutting off the government-run nightly newscast, trying to send the subtle message to authorities that they are tired of listening to their propaganda, residents said […]

Israel Completes Palestinian Prisoner Release

posted by akornfeld

Jerusalem – Israel completed release of 86 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday, a gesture meant to improve prospects for a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference later this fall. The prisoner release came a day before Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian […]

One Year Later, Life Forever Changed for Amish

posted by akornfeld

By Chris A. Courogen Religion News Service Nickel Mines, Pa. – Things seem normal as you drive the narrow country roads that wind through southern Lancaster County. The tobacco hangs drying in barns, the way it has for generations. Horse-drawn […]

Conservatives Launch Alternative to Episcopal Church

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) As many as six Episcopal bishops and more than 200 Episcopal congregations have taken a first step toward forming a new alternative to the Episcopal Church that will unite conservatives irked by the […]

Supreme Court Declines Two Church-State Disputes

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 1, 2007 WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court returned to work Monday by sidestepping two church-state cases that social conservatives had hoped the justices would use to chart a rightward course. The justices decided not to consider […]

Conservatives Mull Backing Third-Party Candidate

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – October 1, 2007 NEW YORK – Some of the most politically influential conservative Christians in the U.S., alarmed by the prospect of a Republican presidential nominee who supports abortion rights, are considering backing a third-party candidate. More […]

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