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Labor Day Is Time to Celebrate Link Between Faith and Work

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By Chris Herlinger Religion News Service American houses of worship should commemorate Labor Day weekend not as the last hurrah of the summer but as a time to celebrate the “sacred link between faith, work and justice,” according to a […]

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Major Buddhist Monastery Reopens in Tibet

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Associated Press Beijing – A major Buddhist monastery in Tibet reopened this week five months after being shut by authorities during anti-government riots that rocked the region’s capital, a staff member said Friday. The Drepung Monastery, on the outskirts of […]

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Even in Tough Times, Charitable Donations Stay Strong

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By Kristen Campbell Religion News Service Mobile, Ala. – When parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church began distributing groceries to families in need a few years ago, they gave away about 100 boxes of food. Within the last year, the […]

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Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput Speaks Out on Politicians and Abortion

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By Daniel Burke Religion News Service Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver refuses to be quiet — especially when it comes to Catholic politicians and abortion. The outspoken Franciscan has repeatedly told elected officials who support abortion rights they shouldn’t take […]

Advocates for Atheists, Agnostics in Billboard Campaign in Phoenix

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Associated Press Phoenix – Billboards touting freedom from religion and separation of church and state are going up around the downtown Phoenix area. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., paid advertising company CBS Outdoor to put up […]

Dalai Lama Admitted to Hospital in India for Tests

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Associated Press Mumbai, India – The Dalai Lama was admitted to a hospital in this western Indian city on Thursday to undergo tests for abdominal discomfort, his spokesman said. “Since tests haven’t begun yet, we don’t know what the ailment […]

Dalai Lama, Battling Exhaustion, Cancels Trips

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 27, 2008 DHARMSALA, India – The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was suffering from exhaustion and has canceled two planned international trips to undergo medical tests, his office said Wednesday. The 73-year-old Nobel Peace Prize […]

Ancient Shinto Shrine in Japan Allows Rare Access

posted by nsymmonds

International Herald Tribune – August 27, 2008 With the longtime occupant safely moved out of the main building and ensconced in temporary housing, long-needed renovations could begin here at Izumo Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest and most famous Shinto shrines. […]

Despite Criticism from Catholic Bishops, Pelosi Stands by Abortion Comments

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 26, 2008 DENVER – Under fire from U.S. Catholic bishops, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not backing off contentious comments about abortion she made during a weekend television talk show appearance. Pelosi said Sunday on […]

Young Muslims Getting the Word Out About Faith

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By Charles Honey Religion News Service Grand Rapids, Mich. – From their cramped office behind a barber shop, four young men try to get the word out: This is who we are, this is what we believe. As Muslims in […]

Southern Baptists Lead Get-Out-the-Vote Prayer

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Associated Press New York – Southern Baptists are organizing a nationwide prayer campaign to accompany their values-voter registration drive, seeking spiritual renewal for families and churches, and God’s favor for public officials who are guided by the Bible. Surveys have […]

No Beauty Pageant for Nuns

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Associated Press Rome – An Italian priest said Tuesday he has backtracked regarding his idea to organize an online beauty pageant for nuns, saying he had been misunderstood and had incurred the protests of faithful and local religious authorities. The […]

Popular Pastor McLaren Works to Find Common Ground Between Abrahamic Faiths

posted by nsymmonds

By Kristina Riggle Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Brian McLaren, a leader in the “emergent church” movement, says the three Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — are very dangerous. “Christians, Muslims and Jews are, in some […]

Ban on Unmarried Adoptions Cleared for Ark. Ballot

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Associated Press – August 25, 2008 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A proposal aimed at effectively banning gays and lesbians from becoming foster or adoptive parents was cleared Monday to appear on this fall’s ballot in Arkansas. The measure would prohibit […]

China Detains Underground Catholic Bishop: Report

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 25, 2008 BEIJING – Security agents detained an elderly bishop of an underground Catholic church in northern China hours before the closing of the Olympic Games, a U.S.-based group said Monday. Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, 73, […]

Democrats Woo Faith Voters with Small Steps on Abortion

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By Jeff Diamant 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the history of abortion politics, it was a key event: The 1992 move by Democrats to deny Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey Sr., an opponent of abortion rights, a speaking spot at […]

Catholic Group Calls for More Women in Mass Texts

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By Mallika Rao c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A letter was sent from Ohio to Vatican City this month with a message for Pope Benedict XVI backed by thousands of women from around the world. “We want women to […]

Hallmark Plan for Gay Marriage Cards Angers Conservatives

posted by nsymmonds

By Tim Murphy Religion News Service (RNS) Hallmark’s decision to introduce a new line of cards for gay marriages has drawn criticism from conservative Christian groups who accuse the company of promoting immoral behavior. Hallmark is releasing four cards specifically […]

US Doctors Can Refuse to Provide Abortions

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Associated Press Washington – The Bush administration Thursday proposed stronger job protections for U.S. doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious or moral objections. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said […]

McCain’s Faith Journey Largely Unspoken

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – Sen. John McCain has one story he tells again and again about his religious life. In a campaign ad, a family memoir, and most recently a televised interview with megachurch pastor […]

Foreign Missionaries Defy Ban During Olympics

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Associated Press Beijing – Christian groups who flouted a Chinese ban on foreign missionaries are calling their underground evangelizing during the Olympic Games a success. Drawn to a nation of 1.3 billion people under atheist rule, the groups prepared for […]

Tentative $10M Settlement in Kansas City Church Abuse Cases

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 20, 2008 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Roman Catholic diocese has tentatively agreed to pay $10 million to settle 47 pending sexual abuse claims against the diocese and its priests. In a letter sent to priests […]

Town Backs Ex-Principal in Gay Student Case

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Associated Press – August 20, 2008 PONCE DE LEON, Florida – When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and […]

Rabbi Overcomes Obstacles for Olympics

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – August 19, 2008 BEIJING, Aug 19, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) — For Rabbi Shimon Freundlich, the road to the Beijing Olympics was an obstacle course to provide Kosher food and spiritual comfort to Jewish athletes. Although […]

Calif. Court: Doctors Can’t Discriminate Based on Sex Orientation

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service California’s Supreme Court ruled Monday (Aug. 18) that doctors cannot discriminate against gays and lesbians even if they believe their religious freedom will be violated during a course of treatment. The case involved […]

Many Think God’s Intervention Can Revive the Dying

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Associated Press Chicago – When it comes to saving lives, God trumps doctors for many Americans. An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors “need to be prepared to deal with […]

Christian Parents Seek Out ‘Holistic Circumcisions’

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By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service Mark Kushner pulled up to the Watson family’s suburban Philadelphia home a week after the birth of their first son, Colin. In the dining room, he unpacked the tools of his trade: sterilized surgical […]

Musharraf’s Exit Leaves Challenge for Rivals

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 18, 2008 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan on Monday, ducking out of a power struggle with rivals vowing to impeach him that would have deepened the country’s political crisis. His […]

US Christian Group Leaves Chinese Airport After Standoff

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 18, 2008 BEIJING – A group of American Christians who had more than 300 Bibles confiscated by Chinese customs officials left the airport Monday after a 26-hour standoff, saying they realized officials would not change their […]

Pope Calls for Aid to Victims in Georgian War

posted by nsymmonds

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called for the establishment of “humanitarian corridors” between South Ossetia and the rest of Georgia, to facilitate aid to victims of the conflict between Georgia and Russia. […]

Native Americans Protest Fires in Sacred Forests

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By Tim Murphy Religion News Service (RNS) With summer wildfires raging across the western United States, California’s two largest Indian tribes are taking aim at Forest Service officials who they say are interfering with sacred lands. Members of the Yurok […]

Buddhism Gets Political, Sometimes Violent, Over Tibet

posted by nsymmonds

By Lucky Severson c. 2008 Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) All eyes are on China as it plays host to the 2008 Olympic games, and for the moment, earlier unrest over China’s treatment of Tibet has largely moved off center […]

Alabama Judge Faces Complaint for Praying in Court

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 14, 2008 ANDALUSIA, Alabama – An Alabama judge who once wore the Ten Commandments of the Bible embroidered on his robe has been accused of violating judicial ethics for ordering a group in his courtroom to […]

HHS Secretary Says Access to Contraceptives Not Part of Plan

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says draft proposals to protect the conscience-driven objections of health care providers do not and will not seek to curb access to contraceptives. “An […]

Texas Jury Rejects Lawsuit Against Osteen’s Wife

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Houston – The wife of televangelist Joel Osteen did not assault a flight attendant during an angry tirade over a stain on her first-class seat, a jury ruled Thursday. Jurors rejected Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown’s claims […]

Military Increasingly Relying on Chaplains for Stresses of Combat

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Chicago Tribune Chicago – The Rev. Greg Moser keeps a stack of books on jihad in Asia next to a copy of the Bible in his office. He stores a “battle book” in a drawer at United in Faith Lutheran […]

Settlements Reached in Chicago Clergy Abuse Cases

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 12, 2008 CHICAGO – The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday it had agreed to pay more than $12.6 million to settle lawsuits by 16 people who accused priests of sexual abuse. “My hope is that […]

Churches Try to Meet Needs of Autistic Kids

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks c. 2008 Religion News Service DAMASCUS, Md. — On Sunday mornings at Damascus Road Community Church, when the children are dismissed from the sanctuary for Sunday school, another set of children and adults head to “The […]

Woman Gets Prison in Bigamist Spouse’s Murder

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 13, 2008 NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania – An American woman was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for killing her bigamist husband as he was set to travel to Africa to see his second […]

Two Charged in Multimillion Fraud: U.S.: WexTrust Owners Duped Orthodox Jews

posted by akornfeld

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services The owners of a Chicago-based real estate investment firm were arrested Monday on federal fraud charges, and U.S. regulators accused them of conducting a quarter-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme going back as far as 2005. Steven Byers, 46, chief […]

Roman Temple Ruins Discovered in Israel

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United Press International Jerusalem – Israeli archeologists say they have uncovered the ruins of a second century Roman temple in the Zippori National Park in northern Israel. The archeologists, led by Professor Zeev Weiss of the Institute of Archeology at […]

Flight Attendant Claims Pastor’s Wife Attacked Her

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Associated Press Houston – A flight attendant suing the wife of megachurch evangelist Joel Osteen told a jury Tuesday she was simply doing her job when she was attacked without provocation. Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown testified that Victoria […]

Court: University of California Can Reject Christian School Classes

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A California federal judge has ruled that the University of California had a “rational basis” for rejecting science and history courses taught at Christian high schools. Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta, […]

Slaughterhouse Case Fuels Kosher Justice Movement

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 11, 2008 NEW YORK – Very little goes unexamined in the kosher world. From meat and poultry to the coating on vegetables and the ingredients in mouthwash, rabbis who determine whether a product meets Jewish dietary […]

Gay Mormons Seek ‘Affirmation’ from LDS Leaders: ‘Homosexuality is Not a Sin,’ Says Group

posted by nsymmonds

The Salt Lake Tribune – August 10, 2008 Aug. 10–Leaders of Affirmation, a support group for gay Mormons, want LDS general authorities to make a clear, unambiguous statement in the church’s annual General Conference that homosexuality is not a sin […]

Elvis’ Boyhood Church to Reopen in Mississippi

posted by nsymmonds

By Frank Lockwood c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The simple wood chapel 110 miles southeast of Memphis, Tenn., is no Crystal Cathedral. But the East Tupelo (Miss.) First Assembly of God building had a greater impact on 20th-century music […]

Church-State Group, Hindus and Jews Protest Highway Crosses

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A church-state watchdog group has joined Hindu and Jewish organizations in arguing that a Utah court erred in ruling that a highway cross memorializing a fallen state trooper is a “secular symbol […]

Muslim Teenager Files Complaint Against Store Over Head Scarf

posted by nsymmonds

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A Muslim civil rights group has filed a federal complaint on behalf of a Muslim teenager who alleges she was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wears a hijab, or head scarf. The […]

Elvis’ Boyhood Church to Reopen in Mississippi

posted by nsymmonds

By Frank Lockwood c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The simple wood chapel 110 miles southeast of Memphis, Tenn., is no Crystal Cathedral. But the East Tupelo (Miss.) First Assembly of God building had a greater impact on 20th-century music […]

Trial to Begin in Suit Against Joel Osteen’s Wife

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Houston – She’s the wife of a renowned evangelical pastor and one of the leaders of a Houston megachurch, but Victoria Osteen is being accused of behavior that wasn’t very Christian. Opening arguments were set for Thursday in […]

Court Rejects Suit Opposing Religion in Vets Care

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Madison, Wisconsin – Taxpayers cannot sue the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for incorporating religion into its health care programs for the nation’s veterans, an appeals court has ruled. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the […]

Couples Marrying Friday to Clinch Lucky Triple 8s

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Associated Press It may not be as big as 7-7-7, but thousands of couples are heading down the aisle Friday, hoping the date Aug. 8, 2008, brings them luck and an easy to remember anniversary date. The number eight has […]

Obama’s Muslim Outreach Director Quits after Two Weeks

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Mazen Asbahi, the Chicago lawyer who recently was appointed as the Muslim outreach director for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, has resigned less than two weeks after taking the job. “Mr. […]

Texas Child Welfare Officials Want Custody of 8 Children from Polygamist Group

posted by nsymmonds

The Dallas Morning News – August 5, 2008 SAN ANGELO, Texas – Texas’ Child Protective Services, forced two months ago to return to their families hundreds of children it had swept from a polygamist sect’s West Texas ranch, went to […]

Pope Sends Greetings to China Before Olympics

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 3, 2008 BRESSANONE, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI sent greetings to China on Sunday before the Olympics and said he hoped the Games would offer an example of coexistence among people from different countries. He said […]

Man Who Stormed Popemobile Sentenced to Probation

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Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service Vatican City – A German court has ordered four years’ probation, psychotherapy and medication for a 28-year-old man who last year jumped a barricade and briefly touched a vehicle carrying Pope Benedict XVI. The […]

Young Jews Experience Sights (Not Sounds) of Holy Land

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By Michele Chabin Religion News Service Jerusalem – When Kyle Edenzon showed up for his first day of Hebrew school as a young boy, his parents asked the teacher to place their hard-of-hearing son in the front row to better […]

Unitarians Rededicate Church Where Gunman Killed Two

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By Tim Murphy Religion News Service Unitarian Univeralists in Knoxville, Tenn., reopened their doors on Sunday (Aug. 3), just one week after a gunman opened fire during a production of a church musical and left two people dead. “This sanctuary, […]

Kosher Slaughterhouse Owners Surrounded by Scandal

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – August 4, 2008 NEW YORK – Two decades ago, the Rubashkin family of Brooklyn opened up a kosher slaughterhouse amid the cornfields of Iowa – not exactly a center of Jewish culture. The bearded, fedora-wearing strangers from […]

Baha’i Gardens Named World Heritage Site in Israel

posted by nsymmonds

By Valerie Sudol Religion News Service (RNS) The latest site in Israel to win designation from UNESCO as a World Heritage Site is Haifa’s Baha’i Gardens, a place sacred to what may be the least-known religion in the conflict-torn Holy […]

Archbishop of Canterbury says Gay Ban Needed to Preserve Unity

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke c. 2008 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England — The spiritual leader of the global Anglican Communion said the communion will be in “grave peril” if its North American churches ignore temporary bans on gay bishops and same-sex […]

Obama Campaign Appoints Muslim Affairs Coordinator

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has appointed a Chicago lawyer as its national coordinator for Muslim affairs. Mazen Asbahi represents Muslim and Arab American businesses in his corporate law practice, reported […]

N.J. Court Says Faith is No Laughing Matter

posted by nsymmonds

By Kate Coscarelli Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Making jokes and comments about a person’s religion can create a “humiliating and painful environment” and be a form of on-the-job discrimination, New Jersey’s highest court ruled Thursday (July 31). The […]

Black U.S. Bishops Question Conservatives’ ties to African Allies

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke c. 2008 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England — For five years, conservative Episcopalians eager to escape their liberal American church have been building ties with African Anglicans half a world away. But they have few connections with […]

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