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Texas Officials Looking at Possible Abuse Among Boys of Polygamous Sect

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Associated Press – April 30, 2008 AUSTIN, Texas – Texas officials told legislators Wednesday that they are investigating the possible sexual abuse of some young boys taken from a polygamist sect’s ranch, as well as broken bones among other children. […]

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Pope Meets with Islamic Scholars from Iran

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Associated Press – April 30, 2008 VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI met Wednesday with a group of Islamic scholars from Iran following their talks with a Catholic delegation on issues apparently related to recent tensions between Muslims and Christians. […]

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Muslims, Jews, Atheists Cite Concerns About National Day of Prayer

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By Adelle M. Banks and Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) A Muslim advocacy group is partnering with a Jewish online organization that has called for “inclusive” observances of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 1). “Contact your […]

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Obama Says He’s Outraged by Wright’s Comments

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Associated Press Winston-Salem, N.C. – Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday he was outraged by the latest assertion by his former pastor that criticism of his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church. The presidential candidate is seeking to […]

NY Cardinal Criticizes Giuliani for Taking Communion

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Associated Press New York – Rudy Giuliani should not have received Holy Communion during the pope’s visit because the former presidential candidate supports abortion rights, New York Cardinal Edward Egan said Monday. Egan says he had “an understanding” with Giuliani […]

Parents Who Prayed as Diabetic Daughter Died Are Charged

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Associated Press Weston, Wis. – Two parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes were charged Monday with second-degree reckless homicide. Family and friends had urged Dale and Leilani Neumann to get help for their daughter, but […]

Pagans Find a Sometimes Uneasy Home Among Quakers

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By MATTHEW STREIB c. 2008 Religion News Service BALTIMORE — When his partner died in 2004, Kevin-Douglas Olive reached a crossroads in his faith. Even though he had been a Quaker for almost two decades and put his trust in […]

Dalai Lama Cautiously Welcomes China’s Offer for Talks with His Emissary

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Associated Press – April 26, 2008 DHARMSALA, India – The Dalai Lama welcomed China’s offer to meet his envoy but said the two sides needed a meaningful discussion about how to resolve the problems that triggered riots in the Tibetan […]

Rev. Wright Again in Center of Dem. Contest

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Associated Press – April 28, 2008 WASHINGTON – As Democratic front-runner Barack Obama sought to diminish race as a “determining factor” in the 2008 presidential contest, his former pastor said on Monday that the heated controversy over some of his […]

Reunited Russian Orthodox to Celebrate Joint Easter

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By Nicole Neroulias 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK — A child of Soviet refugees, the Rev. Andrei Sommer never thought his breakaway church would ever break bread with the Russian Orthodox Christians who remained faithful to Orthodox leaders in […]

Top UCC Leaders Defend Obama’s Church

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By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Top leaders of the United Church of Christ are supporting Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, which has been under fire for sermons delivered there by Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor. The Rev. […]

Will the Pope’s Visit Lead to More Priests?

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Associated Press New York – The crowd of 25,000 Roman Catholics burst into cheers when Pope Benedict XVI took the stage for a youth rally during his U.S. visit last week. Chanting “Viva Papa!” they pressed against security barriers and […]

Judge: Gideon Bibles Don’t Belong in School

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Associated Press New Orleans – Tangipahoa Parish public schools must stop in-school Bible giveaways to students, a federal judge ruled. “Distribution of Bibles is a religious activity without a secular purpose” and amounts to school board promotion of Christianity, U.S. […]

Critics Say Day of Prayer ‘Hijacked’ by Evangelicals

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – Is the upcoming National Day of Prayer a day for all Americans — or just evangelicals? That’s what some critics are charging in advance of the May 1 observances as they […]

Descendants of Mormon Leader ID Burial Site, Find No Remains

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Associated Press – April 23, 2008 RUDY, Ark. – Descendants of an early Mormon leader who was killed in Arkansas 151 years ago say archaeologists found no “identifiable human remains” when they dug up his grave in an attempt to […]

United Methodists Expect Debate Over Homosexuality

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The Dallas Morning News – April 22, 2008 DALLAS – For more than 30 years, the United Methodist Church has been trying to show that a denomination divided against itself on homosexuality can still stand. The latest test begins Wednesday […]

Kenneth Copeland Seeks IRS Review

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) One of the ministries that has refused to cooperate fully with a financial investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has invited the Internal Revenue Service to conduct an inquiry of its […]

Chaplains Minister to Ship Workers Far From Home

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By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service New Orleans – Catholic Deacon Pat Dempsey, a port chaplain, remembers the day he rode a launch out into the Mississippi River to visit a crew aboard an anchored vessel. In a backpack he […]

Dalai Lama Calls for US Help to Resolve Conflict with China

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Associated Press Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Tibetan people need the involvement of the U.S. government to help resolve recent conflicts between Chinese officials and anti-Beijing protesters in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said Monday. “At this moment, we need your […]

Texas Officials Try to Determine Polygamist Family Ties

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Associated Press San Angelo, Texas – Using cotton swabs and cameras, lab technicians began taking DNA samples Monday from hundreds of children and mothers – wearing long, pioneer-style dresses – in hopes of sorting out the tangled family relationships within […]

S.C. Governor Considers Abortion Bill

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Tulsa World – April 18, 2008 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill awaiting the South Carolina governor’s signature would require abortion providers to ask women whether they want to see ultrasound images of their fetuses before the procedure. As part […]

Dalai Lama Urges Environmental Protection

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By Geoff Larcom and Jo Mathis Religion News Service ANN ARBOR, Mich. (RNS) He takes showers rather than baths, and he turns out the lights when he leaves the room. Those are small examples of how each of us can […]

Benedict Praised as Candid, But Visit’s Impact Unclear

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Associated Press – April 21, 2008 NEW YORK – Pope Benedict XVI’s U.S. visit left behind the impression of a compassionate and candid leader who has made a successful transition from professor to pope. But it’s uncertain whether the pontiff’s […]

Passover Adapted to New Meanings of Liberation

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By Rachel Pomerance Religion News Service Atlanta – Moses may be a central character in the Jewish exodus from Egyptian slavery, but the old Negro spiritual “Go Down, Moses” isn’t exactly standard musical fare for a Passover Seder. Yet on […]

Carter Meets Hamas Chief Over Israeli, US Objections

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Associated Press Damascus, Syria – Former President Carter met Friday with the exiled leader of Hamas and the militant group’s deputy chief, men the U.S. government has labeled as global terrorists and Israel accuses of masterminding suicide bombings and kidnappings. […]

Pope: Respect for Human Rights Key to Solving Problems

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Associated Press United Nations – Pope Benedict XVI told diplomats at the United Nations on Friday that respect for human rights was the key to solving many of the world’s problems, while cautioning that international cooperation was threatened by “the […]

Pope Urges Church to Address ‘Pain and Harm’ of Abuse

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By Daniel Burke and Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – Pope Benedict XVI urged his American flock on Thursday (April 17) to foster unity within the Roman Catholic Church, and called on listeners to reach out to the […]

Hearing for Children at Polygamist Retreat Grinds to a Halt

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Associated Press San Angelo, Texas – A court hearing to decide the fates of hundreds of children seized from a polygamist retreat ground to a halt almost as soon as it began Thursday as hundreds of lawyers demanded to study […]

Methodists to Reopen Sexuality Debate

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service The decades-old discussion of sexuality in the United Methodist Church will include a new wrinkle–transgender laypeople and clergy–when the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination meets next week in Texas. Methodists will meet for their […]

Some Jews Feel Pinch of Rising Passover Prices

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By Jonathan Rubin 2008 Religion News Service Passover is a time of celebration for Jews, but this year an old foe — expensive Passover prices — is putting a damper on the festivities for some Jewish families. Rising corn and […]

Obama Reassures Jewish Leaders on Hamas, Wright

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Associated Press – April 16, 2008 PHILADELPHIA – Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday criticized former President Jimmy Carter for meeting with leaders of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas as he tried to reassure Jewish voters that his candidacy isn’t a […]

Bush Welcomes Pope and Says US is Open to His Message

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Associated Press – April 16, 2008 WASHINGTON – An enthralled South Lawn crowd of more than 9,000 sang “Happy Birthday” to Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday – twice – and President Bush said that the first papal White House visit […]

Prepping for Passover at 35,000 Feet

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By Michele Chabin Religion News Service Tel Aviv, Israel – As religiously observant Jews know all too well, preparing for Passover can be backbreaking work. Every corner of the house, every toy box, sofa crevice and schoolbag must be scoured […]

Pope: ‘Ashamed’ of Clergy Abuse Scandal

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Associated Press Aboard the Papal Plane – Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday he was “deeply ashamed” of the clergy sexual abuse scandal that stained the U.S. Catholic Church and pledged to work to make sure pedophiles do not become priests. […]

Hundreds Protest Dalai Lama in Seattle

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Associated Press Seattle – In a showing of pro-Chinese support, hundreds of demonstrators protested outside a college arena Monday as the Dalai Lama spoke to students on solving problems through dialogue. Thousands of people have flocked to Seattle to hear […]

Papal Visit Provokes Array of Protests

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Associated Press – April 14, 2008 NEW YORK – Pope Benedict XVI may not see them or hear them, but aggrieved Roman Catholic activists hope his U.S. visit this week will help them draw attention to issues ranging from the […]

Clinton, Obama Focus on Faith at Forum

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Associated Press – April 14, 2008 GRANTHAM, Pa. – Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that the potential for life begins at conception as she and presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama answered questions about faith and religion in both […]

Dalai Lama Fears More Chinese Force

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Associated Press – April 13, 2008 SEATTLE – The Dalai Lama said Sunday that Tibet cannot make any more concessions to China and called for a reduction of Chinese aggression in his former homeland. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader denied […]

Envoy: Pope’s UN Speech Can’t Address All Issues

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Newsday, Melville, N.Y. – April 11, 2008 Apr. 11–Pedophile priests, Darfur, Iraq, global warming, poverty and a decline in the number of Catholics in the United States are all burning issues Pope Benedict XVI could address during his visit to […]

Poll Says Bible is America’s Favorite Book

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By Brittani Hamm Religion News Service (RNS) The Bible is the favorite book of all time for American adults, regardless of demographic group, according to a new 2008 Harris Interactive Poll. Researchers said it’s rare to find such consensus among […]

Evangelical Leaders Endorse Race ‘Reconciliation Referendum’

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Several prominent evangelical leaders have endorsed “A Reconciliation Referendum” that says Sen. Barack Obama’s recent address on race did not go far enough, and pushes church leaders to speak up more about […]

World Evangelical Alliance Responds to Muslim Document

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service The World Evangelical Alliance has responded to a Muslim overture for interfaith dialogue by saying its members want to “live in peace with Muslims” but disagree with their view of God. Last fall, […]

Court Tosses Christian Student’s School Speech Suit

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Associated Press Ashland, Ky. – A high school student won’t be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against his school district for instituting a policy that barred him from expressing his opposition to homosexuality, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. […]

Dalai Lama Set to Begin 6-Day US Visit

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Associated Press Seattle – The Dalai Lama will mark his first visit to the United States since the recent turmoil in Tibet by anchoring an ambitious conference on compassion. Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader was expected to arrive here Thursday, a […]

Group Urges Pope to Address Priestly Abuse

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United Press International Boston — A Catholic lay group based in Boston called Wednesday on Pope Benedict XVI to address the issue of sexual abuse by priests while he is in the United States. Voice of the Faithful placed a […]

Kosher Conflict with Passover, Marathon

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Associated Press Boston – Jonah Pesner is looking ahead to his crucial carb-loading, fuel-up meal on the night before running his first Boston Marathon. On the menu: matzoh. It’s not the usual choice for marathoners loading up on carbohydrates to […]

Sect Married Girls at Puberty, Texas Officials Say

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Associated Press Eldorado, Texas – A polygamist compound with hundreds of children was rife with sexual abuse, with girls spiritually married to much older men as soon as they reached puberty and boys groomed to perpetuate the cycle, child welfare […]

Religious Freedom Panel Urges Bush to Boycott Beijing Games

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Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service Washington – A federal religious freedom watchdog panel has urged President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics unless “there is substantial improvement” in China’s treatment of Tibet. The U.S. Commission on […]

What’s Behind the Saudi Interfaith Summit?

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By Carlyle Murphy Religion News Service Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — A group of visiting Japanese scholars was making a routine courtesy call recently on King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz when the monarch raised a subject that, as he put it, […]

Benedict Relies on Words, Not John Paul’s Dramatic Images

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By Carol Ann Campbell Religion News Service Pope John Paul II would kneel to kiss the ground of foreign countries. He unleashed doves to signal peace. He placed a prayer of atonement in cracks of Jerusalem’s Western Wall. And the […]

US Evangelicals March Through Jerusalem

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – April 7, 2008 JERUSALEM – American televangelist John Hagee led several hundred flag-waving followers across Jerusalem on Monday, a colorful display of the growing alliance between Christian evangelicals and Israel. Hagee, who calls himself a Christian Zionist, […]

Authorities Get Little Information from Children Taken from Texas Polygamist Compound

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Associated Press – April 7, 2008 SAN ANGELO, Texas – Authorities struggled Monday to persuade children to give them any information about the goings-on inside a breakaway Mormon compound in west Texas built by a jailed polygamist leader. Investigating a […]

Forgot to Pack Your Bhagavad Gita? Nashville Hotel Has You Covered

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By Adelle M. Banks 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At one hotel in Nashville, Tenn., when you feel like a bit of religious reading before bedtime, you’ll have more than a Gideon Bible to choose from. The Hotel Preston recently […]

Civil War-Era Law Pertains to Episcopal Dispute, Judge Rules

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A Virginia court has ruled that a Civil War-era law applies to a property dispute between the state’s Episcopal diocese and 11 congregations that have seceded from it. The statute in question, […]

Vatican Responds to Jewish Concerns Over Prayers for Conversion

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By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new prayer for the conversion of the Jews reflects no change in the Catholic Church’s commitment to “reconciliation” with the Jewish people, the Vatican said Friday (April 4), seeking […]

Ministry Launches ‘Adopt a Terrorist’ Prayer Campaign

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) An Army Reserve chaplain has decided to do his individual part in the war on terror: He’s co-founded an Internet ministry to pray for terrorists. “Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer” was launched […]

Jewish Leader Calls Hagee an ‘Extremist’

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By Jonathan Rubin Religion News Service Washington – The head of the country’s largest Jewish movement called prominent Texas pastor John Hagee an “extremist” and urged fellow rabbis to shun his high-profile support of Israel. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of […]

Congress Honors Martin Luther King

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Associated Press Washington – Congress marked the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death Thursday with tributes by House and Senate leaders and words of remembrance by lawmakers who once worked alongside the civil rights leader. “Because of the […]

Pope Benedict to Visit New York Synagogue Led by Holocaust Survivor

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Associated Press New York – During his first papal trip to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will visit a synagogue led by a rabbi who survived the Holocaust, U.S. bishops said Thursday. Benedict will make a brief stop April […]

Study: Theology Impacts Protestant Bank accounts

posted by nsymmonds

By Britanni Hamm 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Lisa Keister has scanned the Bible and found nearly 2,000 verses in the New Testament that touch on the topic of money. It’s those very verses that may be keeping many conservative […]

Parents Plead Not Guilty in Daughter’s Death

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By Jessica Bruder Religion News Service OREGON CITY, Ore. — A couple who tried to heal their dying daughter with prayer walked hand in hand into a crowded courtroom Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and criminal […]

John Paul II Had ‘Supernatural Qualities’

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United Press International – April 2, 2008 VATICAN CITY, Apr 2, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — Speculation regarding the sainthood of the Pope John Paul II escalated Wednesday as Pope Benedict XVI attributed the late pontiff with “supernatural qualities.” Eulogizing […]

Turner, Churches Work to Fight Malaria

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Associated Press – April 1, 2008 NEW YORK – Ted Turner formed a $200 million partnership Tuesday with Lutherans and Methodists to fight malaria, apologizing for his past criticism of religion as he announced the effort. Turner, 69, said he […]

Court Agrees to Take Religious Group’s Free Speech Case

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Associated Press – March 31, 2008 WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a free speech case in which a church wants to place a religious monument in a park. Officials in Pleasant Grove City, Utah, asked the […]

MLK’s Generation of Pastors Makes Way for New Vision

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By Greg Garrison and Val Walton 2008 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — They were pastors and civil rights leaders who broke the back of unjust segregation laws and set in motion the transformation of America into a more racially […]

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