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Report on John Paul II Sainthood Ready

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 31, 2008 VATICAN CITY – The church official spearheading the cause to make Pope John Paul II a saint said Monday he has finished a roughly 2,000-page draft of a report supporting the late pontiff’s canonization. […]

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Archaeologists Start Stonehenge Dig

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 31, 2008 LONDON – Some of England’s most sacred soil was disturbed Monday for the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was […]

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Muslims More Numerous Than Catholics

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 30, 2008 VATICAN CITY – Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday. “For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken […]

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Factory Delay Means No Matzo Crackers for Passover

posted by nsymmonds

By Beth Fitzgerald Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) When Passover begins on April 19 and Jewish families gather for the traditional seder meal, they can expect this question: “What happened to the Tam Tams?” The bite-sized matzo crackers are […]

Muslim World Denounces Dutch Film Portraying Islam as Time Bomb

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 28, 2008 AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – A Dutch legislator’s film that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at Western democracy prompted denunciations from Muslim capitals and street protests in Pakistan, but a restrained reaction from […]

Hope Fades for Obama’s Religious Appeal

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Religion is supposed to be Barack Obama’s strength. Unlike many Democratic candidates before him, Obama speaks with ease about his faith. He attends Sunday worship and knows his Bible. His supporters believe he can pry some committed churchgoers […]

Tibet Monks Disrupt Tour by Journalists

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Lhasa, China – A group of monks shouting there was no religious freedom disrupted a carefully orchestrated visit for foreign reporters to Tibet’s capital Thursday, an embarrassment for China as it tried to show Lhasa was calm following […]

Vatican: Convert Who Slammed Islam Doesn’t Express Pope’s Views

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – The convert from Islam who denounced what he called “inherent” violence in Islam a day after Pope Benedict XVI baptized him was not expressing the pope’s views, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday. Magdi Allam, an […]

Obama’s Ex-Pastor Cancels Speeches

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 26, 2008 DALLAS – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, presidential candidate Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, canceled plans Wednesday to receive an award at a summit on black churches. The Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth announced […]

Bush Tells China Leader of Tibet Concern

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 26, 2008 WASHINGTON – President Bush called China’s President Hu Jintao on Wednesday and raised concerns about the crackdown in Tibet, joining a growing chorus of international protests about Beijing’s tough tactics. The White House said […]

Figuring Out Pennsylvania Catholic Vote Critical for Clinton, Obama

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 26, 2008 SCRANTON, Pennsylvania – Understanding Pennsylvania’s rich Catholic tradition and responding to it is an article of faith for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama as the April 22 primary looms in the still […]

Sikhs Reopen Temple Destroyed After 9/11 Attacks

posted by akornfeld

By Rohan Mascarenhas Religion News Service Palermo, N.Y. – Members of the Gobind Sadan USA temple hurried with last-minute chores last Saturday morning (March 22) as they prepared to dedicate their new temple. Adults readied musical instruments and food, while […]

Dalai Lama Says Violence Must Stop

posted by akornfeld

United Press International New Delhi – Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Tuesday he would resign if violent protests by Tibetans didn’t cease. “I have always made it clear that the expression of deep emotion should be in control. […]

Muslim Scholar Denounces Vatican Baptism

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – A Muslim scholar who participated in recent Vatican talks to improve Catholic-Muslim relations criticized Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter baptism of a prominent convert from Islam as a “provocative” act. Magdi Allam, an Egyptian-born TV and […]

US Death Toll in Iraq War Hits Grim Milestone

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 23, 2008 BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in Baghdad on Sunday, the military said, pushing the overall American death toll in the five-year war to at least 4,000. The grim milestone came […]

Court Allows Inmates to Get Abortions

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 24, 2008 WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a county sheriff who objects to transporting jail inmates for elective abortions. An Arizona sheriff wanted the justices to allow him to enforce […]

Rice Urges China Talks With Dalai Lama

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 24, 2008 WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday urged China to consider a new policy to address Tibetans’ grievances and to start talks with the Dalai Lama. A Chinese dialogue with the […]

10 Minutes with Dalia Mogahed, Author of ‘Who Speaks for Islam?’

posted by akornfeld

By Andrea Useem Religion News Service With Islam so much in the news today, experts and pundits are frequently called upon to explain the views of Muslims worldwide. But according to Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for […]

Easter’s ‘Good Thief’ Has Small But Loyal Following

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service When Deacon Ken Finn is counseling prisoners, he often tells the story of St. Dismas. “He was the guy crucified on the right side of Christ,” Finn says. “He never took a course in […]

Bin Laden: Pope Helps Anti-Islam Crusade

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Cairo, Egypt – Osama bin Laden accused Pope Benedict XVI of helping in a “new Crusade” against Islam and warned of a “severe” reaction to European publications of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that insulted many Muslims. Bin […]

Message of Obama’s Provocative Pastor was Forged in the Civil Rights Movement

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 18, 2008 DENVER – The provocative sermons of Barack Obama’s pastor come out of a tradition of using the black church to challenge its members and confront what preachers view as a racist society. Yet while […]

Ill. High Court Considers Pharmacy Rules About Contraception

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 18, 2008 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A group of pharmacists asked the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday to throw out a rule that forces them to dispense emergency contraception despite moral objections, claiming it amounts to illegal […]

In New Delhi, Tibet’s Parliament in Exile Protest Chinese Crackdown

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 19, 2008 DHARMSALA, India – The Dalai Lama asked Tibetan activists to end their confrontational march to Tibet on Wednesday while exiles pressed ahead with peaceful protests in northern India and New Delhi. The Tibetan spiritual […]

Merkel: Germans Ashamed Over Holocaust

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Jerusalem – Germany’s chancellor told Israel’s parliament Tuesday that Germans are filled with shame over the Nazi Holocaust and that she bows before the victims. Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered the speech in German on the last day of […]

Obama Seeks to Defuse Uproar Over Pastor, Says U.S. Racial Problems Must Be Aired

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – Democratic Sen. Barack Obama waded into America’s troubled racial history Tuesday, seeking in his most revealing campaign remarks on race to stem accumulating political damage done by the words of his former pastor. Obama confronted what […]

Dalai Lama Says He Would Step Down if Tibetans’ Violence Spirals Out of Control

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Dharmsala, India – The Dalai Lama threatened Tuesday to step down as leader of Tibet’s government in exile if violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland spirals out of control. The Tibetan spiritual leader also sharply rejected accusations […]

Some Jews ‘Uneasy’ with High-Profile Christian Allies

posted by nsymmonds

By Omar Sacirbey c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In recent years, conservative Christians have emerged as some of the most vocal supporters of the state of Israel — support that many Jewish groups have welcomed at a time when […]

China Vows to Protect Territorial Right Over Tibet as Deadline for Surrender, Leniency Passes

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 17, 2008 BEIJING – China said Monday it would fight to protect its territorial right over Tibet as a deadline for anti-Chinese protesters to turn themselves in and receive leniency passed with no apparent surrenders or […]

Pope Celebrates Memorial Mass for Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Found Dead in Iraq

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 17, 2008 VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI urged Iraqi Christians on Monday to find the strength to keep working for a peaceful future after the death of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul. Benedict […]

Obama Pastor’s Fiery Sermons Part of Long Prophetic Tradition

posted by nsymmonds

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The outgoing pastor of Sen. Barack Obama’s black megachurch in Chicago has come under fire for sermons that some have called racist, offensive, even dangerous. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright […]

New Book Presents Testimony from Archives of John Paul II’s Beatification Process

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 14, 2008 WARSAW, Poland – A new book released Friday presents testimony from the archives of the late Pope John Paul II’s beatification process, offering a look into how the Polish-born pontiff touched the lives of […]

Protests Turn Violent in Tibetan Capital

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 14, 2008 BEIJING – Protests led by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule in Tibet turned violent Friday, with shops and vehicles torched and gunshots echoing through the streets of the ancient capital, Lhasa. A radio report […]

David Lynch to Fund TM Scholarships

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 14, 2008 DES MOINES, Iowa – David Lynch says his nonprofit foundation will donate $1 million to fund scholarships for students who want to learn a meditation technique taught at the Maharishi University of Management. Lynch, […]

Tibetan Exiles Arrested for Protest March Begin Hunger Strike

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Dehra, India – Police dragged away more than 100 Tibetan exiles in northern India on Thursday to prevent them from continuing a march to their homeland to protest China’s hosting of the Olympic Games. Clutching Tibetan flags and […]

Archbishop’s Body Found in Iraq

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Baghdad – The body of a Christian archbishop kidnapped last month was found in northern Iraq Thursday while in Baghdad, a car bomb exploded and killed 18 people. Gunmen abducted Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho and killed […]

Episcopal Leaders Oust Breakaway, Conservative Fresno Bishop

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Fresno, California – Episcopal leaders have ousted a breakaway conservative bishop in a struggle for control of the Diocese of San Joaquin and its properties. The Episcopal House of Bishops, meeting in Texas, took the action Wednesday against […]

Indiana Voters Send Second Muslim to Congress

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Indianapolis voters on Tuesday (March 11) choose Andre Carson to fill a seat vacated by his late grandmother, making him the second Muslim ever elected to serve in Congress. Like Rep. Keith […]

Palestinians Start Own ‘Birthright’ Program

posted by nsymmonds

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) After seeing how successful Birthright Israel has been in acquainting young Diaspora Jews with Israel and Judaism, a Palestinian group has established Birthright Palestine to help youths of Palestinian descent connect with […]

Polish Priest Wins 2008 Templeton Prize

posted by nsymmonds

By Chris Herlinger c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK — Michael (Michal) Heller, a Polish cosmologist and Roman Catholic priest whose commitment to combining the insights of science and religion stretches back to his youth in war-torn Europe, has […]

Poland Renews Citizenship for Jews Who Fled in 1968

posted by akornfeld

Ian Wilhelm Religion News Service Polish officials have announced that they will allow Jews who fled the country four decades ago to reclaim their Polish citizenship. After anti-communist protests erupted in Warsaw and other cities in 1968, the authorities blamed […]

Lahore Bombings Pressures Pakistan to Rethink Counter-Terror Strategy

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Lahore, Pakistan – The spread of terrorism across Pakistan from its wild tribal regions to the cultural capital of Lahore on Tuesday adds to the pressure for a reconsideration of its U.S.-allied president’s approach to countering al-Qaida and […]

India Warns Canada of Sikh Terrorists

posted by akornfeld

United Press International Ottawa — The government of India has warned Canadian officials in Ottawa of the regrouping of violent Sikh separatists, the Vancouver Sun reported Tuesday. A senior official with the Indian High Commission told the Sun Monday the […]

NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s Statement

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 10, 2008 Here is the transcript of a statement delivered in New York City on Monday by Gov. Eliot Spitzer following reports linking him to a prostitution ring: — “Good afternoon. “For the past nine years, […]

Missionaries Suspects in Shrine Attack

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 10, 2008 SAN LUIS, Colo. – Photos posted on the Internet showed three Mormon missionaries mocking a Catholic shrine and holding the broken head of a statue of a saint there, a church official said. Costilla […]

Black Pastor in US Fights White Supremacist Store in Building He Claims to Own

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 10, 2008 LAURENS, South Carolina – A black civil rights activist in South Carolina is fighting to close a store that sells Ku Klux Klan robes and T-shirts emblazoned with racial slurs. David Kennedy is confident […]

Vatican Lists New Sinful Behavior

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 10, 2008 VATICAN CITY – A Vatican official has listed drugs, pollution, genetic manipulation and social and economic injustices as new areas of sinful behavior. Sins increasingly manifest themselves as behavior that damages society as a […]

Ark. Diocese Apologizes to Komen Group

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 7, 2008 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The leader of Little Rock’s Roman Catholic diocese apologized to a national breast cancer organization, saying he made a mistake when he said donations to the group could help fund […]

Israeli Official: Peace Talks Will Go on Despite Jerusalem Attack

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 7, 2008 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel on Friday signaled a willingness to move ahead with peace talks despite a deadly attack on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem. But a U.S.-backed Egyptian initiative for a […]

Catholic Bishops Say Sex Abuse Costs Skyrocketed, While Claims Decreased in 2007

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 7, 2008 NEW YORK – The number of sex abuse claims against Roman Catholic clergy dropped for the third consecutive year, but total payouts to victims nearly doubled to reach their highest level ever, according to […]

Jerusalem Seminary Attacked, 7 Dead

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Jerusalem – A gunman infiltrated a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem and opened fire in a library Thursday night, killing at least seven people, officials said. Rescue workers said at least 10 people were wounded. Government spokesman Daniel Seaman […]

St. Pat’s Day, Catholic Church March to Different Drummers

posted by akornfeld

USA TODAY Don the green and boil the cabbage: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are starting early this year — at least for some Irish-Americans who don’t want to run afoul of the Roman Catholic Church. Festivities kick off this weekend […]

Atheist Soldier Says Army Punished Him

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Topeka, Kan. – A soldier claimed Wednesday that his promotion was blocked because he had claimed in a lawsuit that the Army was violating his right to be an atheist. Attorneys for Spc. Jeremy Hall and the Military […]

Professor Says He Found Ark of the Covenant–Maybe

posted by akornfeld

By Brittani Hamm Religion News Service Brushing back a thick layer of dust, Tudor Parfitt revealed a distinctive interwoven pattern carved around the outside of the “terribly, terribly damaged” wooden artifact tucked away on the bottom shelf of a Zimbabwe […]

Huckabee May Be New Face of Religious Right

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — With the race for the Republican presidential nomination now behind him, former candidate Mike Huckabee has many possibilities ahead: Potential vice president to John McCain? GOP adviser? Another run for […]

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Back On

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 5, 2008 JERUSALEM – Visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice persuaded Palestinians to return to peace talks with Israel Wednesday after a brief suspension over a deadly offensive against Gaza militants barraging southern Israel with rockets. […]

Americans Nabbed in Child Porn Ring

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – March 5, 2008 WASHINGTON, Mar 5, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — Investigators infiltrated a technologically advanced child pornography ring that resulted in the arrest of 14 U.S. citizens, justice officials said. Officials with the FBI and […]

Abortion Clinic Avoids Kan. Indictment

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas grand jury that investigated a Planned Parenthood clinic has refused to issue an indictment on allegations that it violated restrictions on the procedure. The Johnson County, Kan., grand jury’s decision was announced […]

N.M. Town Split Over Immigrant’s Removal

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Roswell, N.M. – Karina Acosta’s senior year at Roswell High came to an abrupt end after she was ticketed for blocking a fire lane outside a school and driving without a license. The officer who stopped her – […]

Bush Says Mideast Peace Still Possible

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – With only 10 months left in his term and Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed over renewed violence, President Bush said Tuesday there is “plenty of time” to get a Mideast peace deal before he leaves. “This is a […]

Encyclopedia Examines Love’s Religious Roots

posted by nsymmonds

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News – March 2, 2008 Mar. 2–Encyclopedia of Love. The title alone sounds like an author’s hot ticket to Oprah or The View. But the new, illustrated reference book, edited by Rollins College professor Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, […]

Study Says Darwin was Wrong About Chickens

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – February 29, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 29, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — A research team in Sweden said Charles Darwin was wrong about the genetic basis for the yellow skin of some chickens. Greger Larson, a […]

Hagee Endorsement of McCain Has Risks

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – March 3, 2008 SEDONA, Ariz. – Endorsed by an influential Texas televangelist, Republican John McCain endeared himself to one group of voters but risked alienating another with the pastor’s anti-Catholic views. The controversy has been mild so […]

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