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Catholic Hospitals, Bishops Reach Accord

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By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service In the wake of public spats between the Catholic hierarchy and health care executives, the Catholic Health Association publicly acknowledged that bishops — not doctors or hospital ethicists — have the final […]

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Vatican Affirms Talks with Muslim World

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By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with the Muslim world, despite an Egyptian university’s suspension of talks to protest statements by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Jean-Louis […]

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After Controversy, Christian University Changes Gay Policy

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A Christian university in Nashville, Tenn., has amended its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation after a recent controversy involving a lesbian former soccer coach. “We are a Christian community that is welcoming, loving and inclusive of everyone,” said Belmont […]

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Vatican to Launch Dialogue with Atheists

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a two-day event this March in Paris. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series of seminars […]

U.S. Muslim Population to Double in 20 Years

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By OMAR SACIRBEY c. 2011 Religion News Service The U.S. Muslim population is expected to double over the next 20 years, fueled by immigration and higher-than-average fertility rates, according to a new report released Thursday (Jan. 27). The authors of […]

Rabbis Petition Murdoch to Crack Down on Fox’s Holocaust Language

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Hundreds of American rabbis used Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday (Jan. 27) to push media mogul Rupert Murdoch to “sanction” Glenn Beck and other Fox News personalities on the use of Nazi and Holocaust references. The “Sanction Glenn Beck” letter […]

Muslim Leaders Condemn Holocaust Denial on Remembrance Day

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Prominent Muslim leaders who toured Nazi concentration camps last summer marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by decrying attempts to deny the Holocaust that killed six million Jews. “We condemn any attempts to deny this historical reality and declare such denials […]

Many Genocides to be Commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day

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CANTERBURY, England (RNS/ENInews) After the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews during World War II, the world cried out “never again.” But one of Britain’s best-known young rabbis, Jonathan Romain, said the phrase has proved tragically wrong. “Genocide has happened […]

Judge Upholds Law Preventing Guns in Churches

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by gun rights advocates who claimed a Georgia law prohibiting weapons in a house of worship was unconstitutional. GeorgiaCarry.org, an organization that supports gun owners’ rights, and two of its members filed suit […]

Faiths’ Ad Campaigns Chase after the Great ‘I Am’

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By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune To many viewers, the “I’m a Mormon” ad blitz from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seemed hip, refreshing and original. The campaign, launched last year in nine U.S. […]

King’s Daughter Won’t Assume Helm of Father’s Civil Rights Group

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By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service Fifteen months after being tapped to head the civil rights group founded by her famous father, the Rev. Bernice King has declined the post, citing a leadership clash and an inability […]

Israel Trips for Jewish Youths Expand, Including for Disabled Teens

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Jewish organizations are aiming to send more North American teens and young adults than ever to Israel this year, focusing on increasing current numbers and reaching out to new groups. Taglit-Birthright Israel, which takes 18- to 26-year-olds on its 10-day […]

Pope Warns Against False Online Profiles, Friendships

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By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY – If you’re looking for the pope’s Twitter account, keep looking. There’s @Pope–Benedict, @popebenedictxvi, @Benedict XVI, @PopeBenedict XVI, @Benedict–XVI, @popebenedict–16, @JoeRatzinger and even @pope–benny–16, and none of them are […]

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Launches Multi-City Interfaith Tour: Muslims and The Mainstream

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf launches his multi-city Interfaith Tour in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The Imam shares his goals for the effort and his vision of interfaith understanding.video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player– Odyssey Networks

Catholic Media Empire Acquires National Catholic Register

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — EWTN Global Catholic Network, the Alabama-based international media enterprise founded by Mother Angelica in 1981, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register newspaper. “I am very pleased and excited that the Register […]

Court Says Religious Knowledge Test Improper in Asylum Case

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A Chinese Christian should be given another chance at asylum after an immigration judge thought the man couldn’t answer “basic questions” about Christianity, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Wednesday (Jan. […]

Ala. Governor Apologizes for ‘Brothers and Sisters’ Comment

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley apologized to anyone who was offended with his inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his “brothers and sisters.” Bentley met for an hour with members of Alabama’s Jewish community on Wednesday (Jan. […]

Muslim Seminary Ends Talks with Vatican over Pope’s Comments

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VATICAN CITY — The most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican to protest statements by Pope Benedict XVI denouncing violence against Christians in Egypt. The move, on Thursday (Jan. 20), came only […]

Update: Fla. Pastor Formally Banned from U.K.

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LONDON — A Florida pastor who sparked fury when he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has been officially banned from Britain for preaching religious extremism. The British government announced Thursday (Jan. […]

Americans Give Poor Marks to the State of Our Moral Union

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By NICOLE NEROULIAS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) As President Obama prepares to assess the state of the union, three out of four Americans grade the country’s moral climate at a “C” or below, according to a new poll […]

Ala. Governor Off to ‘Rocky Start’ with Jews, Muslims

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By GREG GARRISON c. 2011 Religion News Service Jewish and Muslim groups want to know if they have a place in Alabama after Gov. Robert Bentley, just hours into office, said people who have not accepted Jesus as their savior […]

Assassination Threatens Challenges to Blasphemy Law

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BANGALORE, India — Church officials in Pakistan say the assassination of Salman Taseer, an outspoken critic of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, is a “setback” for the campaign to overturn the law that makes illegal to speak against Islam. “This assassination has […]

Calif. War Memorial Cross Ruled Unconstitutional

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Jan. 4 that a veterans’ memorial featuring a 43-foot cross on California’s Mount Soledad is unconstitutional. “The use of such a distinctively Christian symbol to honor all veterans sends a strong message of […]

U.S. Muslims Worry About House ‘Radicalization’ Hearings

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By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Mass protests against planned mosques in New York City and Tennessee. An Oklahoma referendum to ban Islamic law. A media circus around a Florida pastor’s threat to burn Qurans. An […]

IHOP Restaurant Chain Drops Suit Against IHOP Church

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The International House of Pancakes has dropped its suit against the International House of Prayer after claiming the Missouri-based church had infringed on its trademarked IHOP acronym. Patrick Lenow, spokesman for IHOP Restaurants, said the suit was dismissed on Dec. […]

Nuns Hopeful on U.S. Prelate’s Role in Vatican Probe

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By MICHAEL O’MALLEY c. 2011 Religion News Service The recent appointment of an American archbishop to the Vatican office overseeing a wide-ranging investigation of U.S. nuns has the sisters and their supporters breathing a little easier. Archbishop Joseph Tobin has […]

Atheists’ Diversity Woes Have No Black-and-White Answers

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By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service Alix Jules is an atheist, but for years he felt uncomfortable at gatherings of nonbelievers. The reason: He’s black. “I got really tired of going back and forth to free thought […]

Pope Condemns Killings Outside Egyptian Church

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians, and was rebuked by Egypt’s top Muslim cleric for an “unacceptable interference in Egypt’s affairs.” Benedict made his remarks on Jan. […]

Who cares about the Iowa caucus?

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Why are hundreds of journalists traipsing around rural Iowa, trying to beat each other to the big story of whether farmers and housewives in Appanoose, Emmet and Grundy counties will vote for Newt, Michelle or Mitt? Why does anybody care about Iowa? […]

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