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New ‘Manga’ Bible Casts Jesus as Ultimate Superhero

posted by akornfeld

By Lilly Fowler Religion News Service Superman may have been able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but for Christians, Jesus has always been the ultimate superhero. After all, they say, only Jesus was able to bring salvation […]

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Clinton, Obama Make Pitches to Black Baptist Meeting

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Atlanta – The top remaining Democratic candidates made their pitch to a meeting of four black denominations Wednesday (Jan. 29) as they seek support from a constituency they are both fighting to have […]

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Pope Defends Vatican’s Weighing in on Bioethic Questions

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday defended the Vatican’s right to speak out on bioethics, including its opposition to artificial procreation methods and embryonic stem cell research, and dismissed criticism that the Church blocks scientific progress. […]

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Beatles’ Maharishi Retreats Into Silence

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 29, 2008 THE HAGUE, Netherlands – It was 1967 and the Indian meditation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, dressed in white with long flowing black hair and a gray beard, beamed as he stood surrounded by four […]

Denmark’s National Library to Archive Original Prophet Muhammad Cartoons

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 30, 2008 COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark’s National Library plans to archive the original Prophet Muhammad caricatures that sparked violent protests across the Islamic world two years ago, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Despite objections from some Muslim […]

Presbyterians Test New Rules on Gay Clergy

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Minnesota Presbyterians have voted to restore the ordination of an openly gay man who has refused to pledge celibacy, the latest test of revamped pastoral guidelines in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Paul Capetz, […]

Latinos Courted as Wild Card Among Shifting Evangelical Voters

posted by akornfeld

Chicago Tribune When Republican presidential candidates John McCain or Mike Huckabee need advice on the nation’s surging Latino evangelical vote, there is one man to call: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. The young California pastor serves as president of the National Hispanic […]

Pope Mourns Greece’s Archbishop Christodoulos, Praises Role in Fostering Unity

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI mourned the death of Greece’s Orthodox leader, Archbishop Christodoulos, and praised him Tuesday for having “opened a new era” in relations with the Vatican that helped forge greater Christian unity. In a […]

Obama Speaks to Jewish Voters on Israel

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Jerusalem – Barack Obama wooed Jewish voters and skeptical Israelis in interviews published Tuesday, voicing support for key Israeli demands in peace talks with the Palestinians. Winning over Israel could help the Democratic presidential candidate gain favor with […]

Economy Trumps Evangelicals in GOP Race

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – January 28, 2008 MIAMI, Jan 28, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — The economy overshadows other conservative social issues in the Republican U.S. presidential campaign as religion fades from prevalence, pollsters say. The evangelical base makes up […]

New Head of Jesuits Meets with Pope at Vatican

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 26, 2008 ROME – The new leader of the Jesuits met Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI and told him the religious order would study the pontiff’s invitation to confirm their “total” adhesion to Catholic teaching, including […]

Mormon Church President Mourned in Utah

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 28, 2008 SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s leaders and believers mourned the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, the humble head of the Mormon church who added millions of new members and labored long to burnish the […]

Archbishop, Saint Louis Basketball Coach Trade Barbs Over Abortion Rights

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 24, 2008 ST. LOUIS – A Roman Catholic archbishop’s call this week for Saint Louis University to discipline its popular basketball coach for publicly supporting abortion rights has put the Jesuit school in a bind. If […]

Religious Leaders Urge Bush to Redeem ‘Shameful’ Legacy

posted by nsymmonds

By Matthew Streib Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic and evangelical social justice leaders on Thursday (Jan. 24) urged President Bush to use his upcoming State of the Union address to turn around what they called his faltering moral legacy. […]

Creationists Launch Scientific Journal

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry that founded the $27 million Creation Museum in Kentucky last year, has now launched an online technical journal to publish studies consistent with its biblical views. The […]

Evicted Hindus Ponder Fate of Sacred Artifacts

posted by akornfeld

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service Epping, N.H. – Six Hindu men and a woman huddled together on a 20-degree January morning along a dirt road beside a series of posted “NO TRESPASSING” signs. They had come to save […]

Vatican Says Pope Doesn’t Want to Roll Back Modernization

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – A Vatican official says Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t want to roll back the modernizing liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. The pope last year removed restrictions on celebrating the old Latin Mass, a rite […]

China Lashes Out at Dalai Lama, Other Olympic Critics

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Beijing – In a blast of harsh rhetoric, China lashed out Thursday at the Dalai Lama and critics of Beijing’s support for Sudan, saying attempts to link political issues to the Beijing Summer Olympics betrayed the spirit of […]

Holocaust Museum Founder Lerman Dies

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 23, 2008 PHILADELPHIA – Miles Lerman, who fought against the Nazis in Poland and later helped found the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has died. He was 88. Lerman’s wife, Rosalie, confirmed Wednesday that […]

LA Archdiocese Offices Sold for $31M

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 22, 2008 LOS ANGELES – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has sold its 12-story administrative headquarters building to help pay last year’s $660 million settlement with people alleging sex abuse by clergy, a spokesman […]

Truck Hijackings Imperil Darfur Food Aid

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 23, 2008 KHARTOUM, Sudan – A surge of truck hijackings threatens to cut off food rations for more than 2 million people in Darfur, the World Food Program said Wednesday, after 22 of its vehicles were […]

On the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Opposition Continues

posted by akornfeld

By Greg Trotter Religion News Service Washington – The anti-abortion pilgrims came from far and wide Tuesday (Jan. 22), by bus and by plane, bundled up in the cold and drizzle to support their cause. For some, it was their […]

Bush’s Spiritual Adviser Backing Obama

posted by akornfeld

United Press International Houston – U.S. President George Bush’s spiritual adviser, the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, has decided to support the presidential bid of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. The leader of Houston’s Windsor Village United Methodist Church said Obama’s “character, confidence […]

Court Rules Against Muslim Inmate

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a Muslim inmate cannot sue the government over the disappearance of the prisoner’s copies of the Quran and a prayer rug. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said the federal […]

Museum Provides Detail From Nazi Archive

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 18, 2008 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is offering to help survivors and their families navigate a vast Nazi archive that promises to document their persecution and provide clues to the fate of loved […]

Episcopal Bishop Keeps Her Cool in the Hot Seat

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For a woman sitting on a very warm seat, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, seems remarkably cool. Even those who disagree with her progressive leadership agree that […]

Financial Strain a Factor in Abortions

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 18, 2008 NEW YORK – In American pop culture, the face of abortion is often a frightened teenager, nervously choosing to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. The numbers tell a far more complex story in which financial […]

Scientists Make Human Embryo Clones

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – Scientists in California say they have produced embryos that are clones of two men, a potential step toward developing scientifically valuable stem cells. The new report documents embryos made with ordinary skin cells. But it’s […]

Dow Jones Unveils ‘Dharma Index’

posted by akornfeld

Daniel Burke Religion News Service Financial news powerhouse Dow Jones & Company has launched new “dharma indexes” to track the stocks of companies that observe the values of dharma-based religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The Dow Jones Dharma Indexes […]

Report: U.S. Abortions Decline to Lowest Level Since 1974

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – The number of abortions in the United States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest level in more than 30 years in a slide attributed to reasons that include better use of contraceptives. The […]

Jews Denounce Muslim Rumors Aimed at Obama

posted by nsymmonds

By Matthew Streib Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Several Jewish leaders have come to the defense of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama against rumors that he secretly espouses radical Muslim beliefs. In a joint letter, leaders of nine Jewish groups […]

Presbyterians Vote on Lesbian Clergy

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 16, 2008 RICHMOND, Calif. – A Presbyterian deacon who has twice been denied ordination because of her sexual orientation can move forward with her bid to join the clergy. The regional body of the Presbyterian Church […]

Some Worry Habitat for Humanity Dispute Might Stall Katrina Recovery

posted by nsymmonds

By Bruce Nolan 2008 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS — A months-long effort by Habitat for Humanity International to retool relations with its 1,600 local affiliates has raised concerns in Habitat’s productive operation here, where volunteers have built more than […]

Bishop, Episcopal Church at Odds in Calif. Turf War

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service The Episcopal Church has barred Bishop John-David Schofield of San Joaquin, Calif., from ministry for “abandoning” the church by leading his diocese to secede from the national church last December. Officially called an “inhibition,” […]

Forum Seeks Muslim-Western Understanding

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Madrid, Spain – The world is in urgent need of dialogue between Western and Muslim countries as a way to combat terrorism, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday as he opened an international forum. “Never in our lifetime […]

Ga. Church Leader Accused of Perjury

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Atlanta – An 80-year-old leader of a suburban megachurch who is at the center of a sex scandal has been charged with lying under oath for saying he had sex outside marriage with only one other woman, court […]

New Louisiana Governor’s Conversion Reflects Fluid Nature of Hinduism

posted by nsymmonds

By Robert Travis Scott 2008 Religion News Service CHANDIGARH, India — When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal converted to Catholicism during high school and college, he took a momentous step away from his inherited faith of Hinduism, the prevalent religion of […]

Spiritual Growth Nurtured Within

posted by nsymmonds

USA Today – January 14, 2008 Two weeks into the New Year, life in the USA is largely back to normal. That means time is scarce, stress is high and an ordinary day — filled with chatter and other noise […]

UCC Head Denounces Political “Attacks” on Obama’s Church

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke 2008 Religion News Service (RNS) Efforts to portray Sen. Barack Obama’s Chicago church as racist and anti-American are “absurd, mean-spirited and politically motivated,” said the Rev. John Thomas, head of the United Church of Christ. Thomas, the […]

Bush: US Should Have Bombed Auschwitz

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 11, 2008 JERUSALEM – President Bush had tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel’s Holocaust memorial Friday and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz to halt […]

Chances of Pope-Patriarch Meeting Gain

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 10, 2008 BERLIN – Chances of a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Russian Patriarch Alexy II at a neutral location are improving, a top official in the Russian Orthodox Church was quoted as telling […]

N.J. Rejects Request to Close Probe Into Civil Unions Flap

posted by nsymmonds

By Robert Schwaneberg Religion News Service (RNS) New Jersey officials have refused to end an investigation of whether a Methodist group in Ocean Grove violated the rights of two lesbian couples by rejecting their applications to rent a seaside pavilion […]

Funeral Home Finds a Niche in Hindu Funerals

posted by akornfeld

By Allison Steele Religion News Service Sayreville, N.J. – When Sejal Vyas’ mother died suddenly last year, her family wanted a traditional Hindu funeral with sacraments like incense and kindling, but her father also had a special request. After the […]

Survey: ‘Unchurched’ Americans Say Church Is ‘Full of Hypocrites’

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Almost three-quarters of Americans who haven’t darkened the door of a church in the last six months think it is “full of hypocrites,” and even more of them consider Christianity to be more […]

Va. Church Property Fight Costs $2 Million and Counting

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service The court battle over church assets between the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and 11 breakaway congregations has already cost both sides more than $2 million, according to representatives. The secessionist Anglican District of Virginia […]

Police Say Church Fires Set by Pair of Satanists

posted by nsymmonds

By Tom Gordon and Stan Diel Religion News Service LADONIA, Ala. (RNS) An intruder did more than torch the pulpit and scorch the sanctuary ceiling at Woodland Baptist Church on Friday (Jan.4). He scattered frozen treats, pickles and popcorn kernels, […]

Grassley Says Two of Six Ministries Not Cooperating

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Bank 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Two of the six ministries with finances under investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, have been unwilling to cooperate, citing privacy rights and questioning Grassley’s focus on groups that preach […]

Scientists Call Evolution and Faith Compatible, but Separate

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke 2008 Religion News Service (RNS) A top panel of U.S. scientists has published a new book asserting that belief in the theory of evolution and religious faith “can be fully compatible,” and that creationism has no place […]

Sudanese Army Fires at U.N. Convoy in Darfur

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Khartoum, Sudan – The Sudanese army shot at a “clearly marked” U.N. convoy in war-torn Darfur, critically wounding a driver, in the first attack against the peacekeepers since their mission began this month, the United Nations said Tuesday. […]

Diary of French Student Killed in Nazi Concentration Camp Published

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Paris – On some days her world was awash in light, on others dark shadows enveloped her, and all of Paris. The secret diary of a young Jewish woman recounting two years under the German occupation – published […]

Religious Foes of Capital Punishment See New Momentum

posted by akornfeld

By G Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service Stephen Dear has spent the past 10 years waging an uphill battle to abolish the death penalty in the American South. He’s had virtually no help from the region’s powerful evangelical clergy. But […]

Supreme Court Divided Over Death Penalty Case

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 7, 2008 WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices indicated Monday they are deeply divided over a challenge to the way most states execute prisoners by lethal injection, which critics say creates an avoidable risk of excruciating pain. […]

Court Upholds Texas Moment of Silence

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 4, 2008 AUSTIN, Texas – Texas schoolchildren will continue to pray or meditate during a daily minute of silence after a federal court threw out a challenge to the state law. The ruling issued Thursday stems […]

Pope Asks for Prayers for Abusive Clergy

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – January 7, 2008 VATICAN CITY, Jan 7, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the Vatican calling for daily prayer to rid the Catholic Church of “grave situations” involving the sexual activity of […]

Iowa Offers Lessons

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 4, 2008 DES MOINES, Iowa – After all the campaigns’ sophisticated media tactics and high-tech maneuvering, Iowa voters offered the presidential candidates a version of Politics 101: In this state, stick to the basics. “This couldn’t […]

Importance of Teaching Evolution Noted

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 4, 2008 WASHINGTON – Scientific advisers to the government emphasize in a report the importance of teaching evolution in public schools. The report by the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine follows up […]

Christmas Star Gets Its Due on Epiphany

posted by nsymmonds

By Kim Lawton c. 2008 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) Christmas, despite what the calendar says, isn’t over. And the star — “star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright” — that shone over Bethlehem won’t go […]

Evangelist Mum on Who’ll Win 2008 Race

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Norfolk, Va. – Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Wednesday that 2008 will be a year of violence worldwide and a recession in the United States, followed by a major stock-market crash by 2010. Praying about events in the […]

‘Harry Potter’ Star Radcliffe Donates Glasses for Holocaust Exhibition

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Manchester, England – “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe, who captivated moviegoers as the bespectacled schoolboy wizard, has donated the first pair of glasses he wore as a child to an art exhibition marking the horrors of the Holocaust. […]

Vatican Clarifying Latin Mass Rules

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – The Vatican has begun drafting a document to elaborate on Pope Benedict XVI’s recent liberalization of the old Latin Mass because some bishops are either ignoring his move or misinterpreting it, Vatican officials said. The […]

N.H. Rings in New Year with Civil Unions

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – January 1, 2008 CONCORD, N.H., Jan 1, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — Twenty-three New Hampshire gay couples became the first in the state to be united in civil union ceremonies just after midnight Tuesday. The couples […]

Episcopal Leader Defends Gay Bishops

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 1, 2008 LONDON – Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says her church has been unfairly singled out for criticism because it is honest about consecrating gay bishops. Jefferts Schori told BBC Radio 4’s “PM” program […]

Vatican: “Historic” Meeting Planned for Spring Between Catholic-Muslim Representatives

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – January 2, 2008 VATICAN CITY – Catholic and Muslim representatives plan to meet in Rome in the spring to start a “historic” dialogue between the faiths after relations were soured by Pope Benedict XVI’s 2006 comments about […]

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