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Bush Urges Additional AIDS Money

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 30, 2007 MOUNT AIRY, Md. – President Bush urged Congress on Friday to approve an additional $30 billion for the fight against AIDS worldwide over the next five years, and announced he would visit Africa early […]

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Report: Boy Who Refused Transfusion Dies

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 29, 2007 SEATTLE – A few hours after a judge ruled that a 14-year-old Jehovah’s Witness sick with leukemia had the right to refuse a blood transfusion that might have helped him, the boy died, a […]

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Pope Criticizes Atheism, Modern Christianity, In Encyclical on Hope

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 30, 2007 VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI strongly criticized modern-day atheism in a major document released Friday, saying it had led to some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” ever known […]

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Sudan Sentences Teacher to 15 Days

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Khartoum, Sudan – British teacher Gillian Gibbons has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan, one of her defense […]

Olmert: Israel Risks South Africa-like Struggle Without Peace Settlement

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Associated Press Jerusalem – In unusually frank comments, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned in a published interview Thursday that “the state of Israel is finished” if a Palestinian state is not created, saying the alternative is a South African-style […]

GOP Rivals Clash on Immigration, Torture

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press St. Petersburg, Fla. – Republican presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney scornfully debated immigration in a provocative, no-holds-barred CNN/YouTube debate just over a month before the first votes are cast. Giuliani, the front-runner in national polls, accused […]

Analysis: So Far, So Good at Peace Talks

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 28, 2007 WASHINGTON – So far so good. But can Israel and the Palestinians conclude a peace agreement mostly on their own? Time is running out for President Bush to make good on his promise of […]

Briton Charged in Religious Hatred Case

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Associated Press – November 28, 2007 KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sudan charged a British teacher Wednesday with inciting religious hatred after she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad, an offense that could subject her to 40 lashes, the […]

Churches Build Faith in System After Surveying Members

posted by nsymmonds

Chicago Tribune – November 28, 2007 CHICAGO – For more than three decades, Willow Creek Community Church has defined its success by tallying the throngs who walk through its doors. But a survey recently revealed something the South Barrington, Ill., […]

Pope Names 23 New Cardinals

posted by akornfeld

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service Vatican City – In two days of ceremony and celebration last weekend (Nov. 24-25), Pope Benedict XVI expanded the highest ranks of the Roman Catholic hierarchy by elevating 23 men — including two […]

Dalai Lama: Tibetans to Hold Referendum on New Spiritual Leadership

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Amritsar, India – The Dalai Lama said Tuesday the Tibetan people will vote on a new system of leadership before he dies, as Tibetan Buddhists grapple with ways to prevent their spiritual leaders from falling under Chinese control. […]

Israel, Palestinians OK Negotiating Plan

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Associated Press Annapolis, Md. – Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed Tuesday to immediately resume long-stalled talks toward creating an independent Palestinian state by the end of next year, using a U.S.-hosted Mideast peace conference to launch their first negotiations in […]

Vatican: No Meeting Planned Between Pope and Dalai Lama

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 26, 2007 VATICAN CITY – There are no plans for a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama next month when the Tibetan spiritual leader comes to Italy, the Vatican said Monday. Italian news […]

Thompson Tweaks Rivals Over Gun Control

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 25, 2007 LADSON, S.C. – White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down an aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show Saturday “a day in paradise,” and criticized his leading Republican opponents […]

Bush Meets Abbas and Olmert

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 26, 2007 WASHINGTON – Hours before the opening of a high-stakes international conference on the Middle East, President George W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed hope Monday that peace […]

Faithful Keep the Faith by Clicking the Mouse

posted by nsymmonds

By Christopher Dela Cruz c. 2007 Religion News Service EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — As David Magid studied for his bar mitzvah, his instructor directed him to an important blessing the 12-year-old would have to recite at the ceremony. “Barchu et […]

Stem Cell Breakthrough Uses No Embryos

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 20, 2007 NEW YORK – Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the […]

Sex, Lies And Scandal Test a Church’s Ties of Faith

posted by nsymmonds

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – November 21, 2007 Running into the fire. That is how the Rev. D.E. Paulk describes returning 15 months ago to take the helm of his family-run, scandal-plagued Cathedral at Chapel Hill in Decatur. He knew the […]

Evangelicals Shift Toward Acceptance on Divorce

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service When Pentecostal power couple Randy and Paula White recently announced they were headed to divorce court, the most remarkable part of the reaction was that there wasn’t much reaction at all. For increasing […]

Groups Say Hunger Figures, Food Prices Up

posted by akornfeld

By Heather Donckels Religion News Service While millions of Americans are stocking their kitchens for a Thanksgiving feast, many groups are concerned about those who will go hungry on Thanksgiving and in the weeks and months to come. Inflation has […]

Report: Dalai Lama May Appoint Successor

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Tokyo – The Dalai Lama says he may appoint a successor or rely on an election before his death in a break with tradition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday, following recent orders that China must approve Tibet’s spiritual […]

“Anne Frank Tree” Tested for Stability

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 19, 2007 AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Conservationists seeking to save the chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis said Monday it is strong enough to withstand a storm, and urged the city […]

UK Dolly Creator Gives Up Cloning Method

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 17, 2007 LONDON – The Scottish scientist who created Dolly the sheep more than a decade ago said he is abandoning the cloning technique that he pioneered, according to an interview published Saturday. Ian Wilmut, who […]

Hate Crimes Up Nearly 8 Percent in 2006

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Associated Press – November 19, 2007 WASHINGTON – Hate crime incidents in the United States rose last year by nearly 8 percent, the FBI reported Monday, as racial prejudice continued to account for more than half the reported instances. Police […]

Presbyterians Clear Citigroup in Israel/Palestine Probe

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By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed Citigroup Inc. from its list of businesses probed for possible ties to violence and oppression in the Palestinian territories, saying it found no “improprieties.” The Louisville, Ky.-based […]

Police Drop Plan to ‘Map’ Los Angeles Muslims

posted by nsymmonds

By David Finnigan Religion News Service LOS ANGELES (RNS) After an angry outcry from Muslim leaders, the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday (Nov. 14) canceled plans to create a “mapping” database on local Muslim communities to help pinpoint possible […]

Woman Tolls Church Bells Through Life’s Highs and Lows

posted by nsymmonds

By Roy Hoffman Religion News Service MOBILE, Ala. — Solemn and intent, Irene Raymond stands in the vestibule of All Saints Episcopal Church and clutches the rope that leads through a hole in the ceiling to a 1,500-pound bell. Slowly, […]

Christian Leaders Urge Compassion in Immigrant Debate

posted by akornfeld

By Heather Donckels Religion News Service Washington – Several Christian leaders said Wednesday (Nov. 14) that while immigration reform is necessary, the faith community needs to help bridge the gap between immigrants and a society that often rejects them. “We […]

Wal-Mart Releases First Major Report on Environmental Efforts

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Wal-Mart presented little new information in its first major report on efforts to become greener, but it was enough to encourage at least one environmental group which said the world’s largest retailer is trying. The report released Thursday […]

Bishops Warn That Political Choices Could Affect ‘Salvation’

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service Baltimore – U.S. Catholic bishops on Wednesday (Nov. 14) overwhelmingly approved new moral guidelines for Catholic voters that prioritize ending abortion and warn that political choices could impact a person’s salvation. The guidelines, called […]

Bush to Welcome North Ireland Leaders

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 14, 2007 WASHINGTON – Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, who put aside years of bitterness and Northern Ireland bloodshed to form a historic power-sharing administration, will be welcomed to the White House on Dec. 7 by […]

Catholic Bishops Instruct Voters

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 14, 2007 BALTIMORE – Roman Catholics voting in the 2008 elections must heed church teaching when deciding which candidates and policies to support, U.S. bishops said Wednesday. And while the church recognizes the importance of a […]

Ohio Clergy Seek ‘Political Sleaze-Free Zone’ in 2008

posted by nsymmonds

By David Briggs Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) A coalition of Ohio religious leaders is asking for the battleground swing state to be a “Political Sleaze-Free Zone” for the 2008 election. We Believe Ohio kicked off the campaign at rallies […]

Students Land on Hate-Group Watch List

posted by akornfeld

United Press International Michigan – A vocal Michigan State University student group has landed alongside Klan factions and neo-Nazis on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s active hate groups list. MSU’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative student organization, […]

Ga. Governor Prays for Rain at Capitol

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Atlanta – Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue stepped up to a podium outside the state Capitol on Tuesday and led a solemn crowd of several hundred people in a prayer for rain on his drought-stricken state. “We’ve come together […]

Chicago Cardinal Elected President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Baltimore – Chicago Cardinal Francis George, a defender of Catholic orthodoxy with extensive experience in Rome, was elected Tuesday as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. George won overwhelmingly in a vote at the fall meeting […]

Google Israel Head Rejects Censor Role

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 12, 2007 HERZLIYA, Israel – Google is not the address for stopping online hate, the Israel director of the engine whose brand name is so well known that it means searching the Internet, told a conference […]

Romney Won’t Give Speech on His Mormon Faith

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 12, 2007 CONCORD, N.H. – Republican Mitt Romney said Monday he’s the decider, yet the presidential candidate has put aside his desire to deliver a speech about his Mormon faith on the advice of political staff […]

Pope to Make First Visit to US in 2008

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 12, 2007 BALTIMORE – Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit to the United States as pontiff next year, and plans to visit the White House, ground zero and speak at the United Nations, Archbishop […]

N.J. to Vote on Abolishing Death Penalty

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 9, 2007 TRENTON, N.J. – Lawmakers in New Jersey, which hasn’t executed anyone in 44 years, will decide within two months whether to wipe the death penalty off the books, legislative leaders said Friday. If approved […]

Germany Marks More Than Berlin Wall

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – November 9, 2007 BERLIN, Nov 9, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — The fall of the Berlin Wall 18 years ago Friday is not the only event in the history of Germany that occurred on the 9th […]

LAPD Announces Muslim Mapping Project

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International LOS ANGELES, Nov 9, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — The Los Angeles Police Department announced a mapping program used by its anti-terrorism bureau to identity likely terrorist breeding grounds in Muslim areas. Michael P. Downing, a deputy […]

Priest Accused of Stalking Conan O’Brien

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – A priest has been arrested on charges of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien by writing him threatening notes on parish letterhead, contacting his parents and showing up at his studio, prosecutors said Wednesday. […]

U.S. Majority Supports Same-Sex Unions

posted by akornfeld

United Press International WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans asked said they support allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll indicated. A record 55 percent of people in the United States polled said they support […]

Beijing Denies Ban on Bibles at Olympics

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Beijing – Beijing Olympic organizers angrily disputed allegations of religious intolerance Thursday, saying Bibles and other religious items for personal use will be welcome at next summer’s games – except for the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. Recent […]

Gay Mormons See a Subtle Shift in Church Teaching

posted by nsymmonds

By Sarah More McCann Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Lester Leavitt said he first had an inkling he might be gay when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, he was startled by his hope to see certain boys at a party. […]

Papers: Polygamist Leader Tried Suicide

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – November 7, 2007 SALT LAKE CITY – A polygamous-sect leader tried to hang himself in jail in January, eight months before a jury convicted him of rape as an accomplice, according to court documents. The disclosure Tuesday […]

McCain, Giuliani Secure Key Conservative Christian Endorsements

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press-November 7, 2007 WASHINGTON – Moderate Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday secured key endorsements that could translate into increased support from Christian conservatives who, so far, have viewed their candidacy with a measure […]

Country Star Rosanne Cash Facing Elective Brain Surgery for Benign Condition

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Nashville, Tennessee – Country music Rosanne Cash is facing brain surgery for a rare but benign condition and must cancel the last four dates on her “Black Cadillac” tour. The announcement was made Tuesday by Manhattan Records, the […]

Senate Probing Finances of Evangelical TV Ministries

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – A prominent U.S. senator is seeking financial information from some of the biggest names among evangelical TV ministries following “complaints from the public” and news reports of possible money mismanagement. Sen. […]

Pope Meets with Saudi Monarch; Plight of Christians Raised

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – The king of Saudi Arabia met Tuesday with Pope Benedict XVI – the first-ever meeting between a pontiff and a reigning Saudi monarch – amid Vatican concerns about restrictions on Christian worship in the Muslim […]

Teen’s Antiabortion Club Gets Green Light

posted by akornfeld

United Press International Washington – Virginia high school officials recently gave a green light to a teen’s request for a once-banned after-school antiabortion club, the Washington Post reported. “We just wanted the same rights as other clubs,” 16-year-old Stephanie Hoffmeier […]

High Court to Hear Idaho Death Case

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court stepped into a death penalty case Monday in which a defendant says his lawyers gave him bad advice by telling him to reject a plea deal that would have spared him a death […]

Arab Delegates Meet In Syria to Discuss Boycott

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria – Delegates to a Syrian-based anti-Israel office began talks here Monday on ways to revive momentum for the Arabs’ boycott of the Jewish state. Eight Arab countries stayed away from the four-day meeting, including Egypt and […]

Med Schools Don’t Teach Military Ethics

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International BOSTON, Nov 5, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — A Harvard study showed U.S. medical students receive little information about military medical ethics or a physician’s duties under the Geneva Conventions. Harvard Medical School researchers surveyed eight U.S. […]

Arborist Looks to Clone Calif. Redwoods

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press SAN GERONIMO, Calif. – When David Milarch first visited Northern California in 1968, he thought he would see avenues of coast redwoods 100 miles long. What he found instead was a “moonscape,” he said. Nearly 40 years later, […]

Danish Premier Says Cartoon Crisis Forgotten as Country Heads Into Election

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press ROSKILDE, Denmark – The Muslim outcry over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad last year is a closed chapter that no longer affects Denmark’s image abroad, the prime minister said in an interview Friday. On Nov. 13, the […]

Obscure Mandaean Faith Risks Extinction in Iraq

posted by nsymmonds

By Ian Wilheim Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The Iraq war has claimed many victims, but perhaps the least known is a small religion that scholars say is the last remaining link to ancient faiths that flourished during the time […]

Court Says Methodist Transgender Pastor Can Stay

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service A transgender man can remain pastor of his Baltimore church, the United Methodist Church’s high court announced late Tuesday (Oct. 30), but the court sidestepped larger questions about whether gender change is acceptable in […]

Nazi Archive Allows Online Requests

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Berlin – A vast archive of Nazi-era documents started accepting online requests Thursday for information from victims of Nazi crimes and people tracing relatives – a move meant to speed up an often-slow process. The move by the […]

$11M Verdict in Funeral Protesters Case

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Baltimore – Members of a fundamentalist Kansas church ordered to pay nearly $11 million in damages to a grieving father smiled as they walked out of the courtroom, vowing that the verdict would not deter them from protesting […]

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