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In Sydney, Pope Urges All Faiths to Unite Against Violence

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Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia – Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged religious leaders of all kinds to unite against those who use faith to divide communities – an apparent reference to terrorism in the name of religion. Benedict met with […]

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Interfaith Meeting in Saudi Arabia Ends with Leaders Eager for U.N. Dialogue

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Associated Press MADRID, Spain – Representatives of the world’s religions on Friday ended a three-day interfaith conference called by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia which some hope could hail the beginning of a new relationship by denominations. The Madrid meeting […]

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Anglican Leader Says Bishop Boycott ‘Wounds’ Fellowship

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Associated Press CANTERBURY, England – The spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans said he feels “great grief” that more than 200 bishops are boycotting the Lambeth Conference, calling it a wound to the once-a-decade meeting of the Anglican fellowship. Archbishop […]

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Survey Suggests ‘Unchurched’ Are a Fluid Group

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By Ashly McGloneReligion News Service A new survey shows that “unchurched” Americans may be worshipping more, and “churched” Americans worshipping less, than many people might think. Numerous surveys track trends among “unchurched” Americans, but what does “unchurched” really mean? Does […]

Methodists Won’t Block Bush Library at SMU

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McClatchy-Tribune Information Services An effort by some Methodists to block the George W. Bush Presidential Center from coming to Southern Methodist University failed Wednesday, though clergy and lay leaders wrestled with the issue for almost four hours at a regional […]

Thousands at Burials of Returned Israeli Soldiers

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Associated Press NAHARIYA, Israel – Thousands of mourners turned out Thursday for the burials of two Israeli soldiers returned in a prisoner exchange with Lebanese guerrillas, laying to rest the young men whose unknown fate had riveted the Jewish state […]

Massachusetts May Lift Restrictions on Gay Marriage for Out-of-State Couples

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By Dan Ring Religion News Service BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday (July 15) voted to repeal a 1913 law used most recently to prevent gay couples from other states from marrying here. The Senate on a voice vote […]

King of Saudi Arabia Calls for Peace and Cooperation at Interfaith Conference

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Associated Press MADRID, Spain – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia exhorted followers of the world’s leading faiths to turn away from extremism and embrace a spirit of reconciliation, saying at the start of an interfaith conference Wednesday that history’s great […]

Anglicans Head to Canterbury for High-Stakes Lambeth Conference

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By Daniel Burke Religion News Service For centuries, Anglicans have prided themselves on finding the cherished via media–the middle way–through theological and political thickets. But the decades-long debate on homosexuality within the worldwide Anglican Communion seems stuck in a cul-de-sac, […]

Over 100,000 Catholics Arrive in Sydney for World Youth Day

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Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia – More than 100,000 Roman Catholic pilgrims from around the world swarmed Sydney Harbor on Tuesday, waving the flags of their countries and singing as they awaited a Mass opening the World Youth Day festival. The […]

Skeptics Speculate on the Saudi Arabia-Jewish Leaders Dialogue at Interfaith Conference

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Associated Press MADRID, Spain – A Saudi-sponsored conference that will bring together Israeli and American rabbis with clerics from the strict Wahhabi sect of Islam – as well as global religious leaders of nearly every persuasion – is either a […]

Will Evangelicals Return Obama’s Affections?

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By Ted Roelofs Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Heather Rosema is precisely the kind of Christian voter that Sen. Barack Obama covets. Rosema, 41, chose George W. Bush in 2000, when she put greater emphasis on issues like […]

Mormon Excommunicated for Creating a Calendar of Shirtless Missionaries

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By Tim Murphy Religion News Service The creator of a controversial calendar featuring shirtless Mormon missionaries has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after meeting with a disciplinary committee on Sunday (July 13). Chad Hardy […]

Wooden Cross Carried Through Sydney for Pope’s Visit

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Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia – Pilgrims bore a giant wooden cross through the streets of Australia’s largest city Monday, as thousands of faithful crowded around the procession, some lunging for a chance to touch the symbol of the Roman Catholic […]

Buddhist Protesters Accuse Dalai Lama of Discrimination

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By Tony NaurothReligion News Service BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Those looking for enlightenment on Saturday (July 12) from the Dalai Lama at Lehigh University first had to maneuver past 400 monks and nuns protesting a 40-year-old arcane decree by the Tibetan-leader-in-exile […]

Pope Benedict Greets President Bush Personally at the Vatican

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By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — President Bush received an especially warm welcome from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Friday (June 13), as the two leaders met for the third time in little more […]

Catholic Bishops Warn Against the ‘Moral Dangers’ of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Associated Press ORLANDO, Florida — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops issued a document Friday warning against what they consider the moral dangers of embryonic stem cell research, saying it treats human beings as commodities and reduces procreation to a manufacturing process. […]

Watchdog Panel Concerned Textbooks at a Saudi-run Academy Promotes Violence

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By Ashly McGloneReligion News Service WASHINGTON — A federal religious freedom watchdog panel says it has reviewed textbooks used in a Saudi-run school in northern Virginia and confirmed that they contain passages that promote violence and intolerance. The U.S. Commission […]

Immigration Is Strengthening the Future of the Catholic Church

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By Amy GreenReligion News Service ORLANDO, Fla. — Immigration has not weakened the Christian identity of the United States but rather strengthened it, the director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life told Catholic bishops here Thursday (June […]

Mom Jailed for Lying on Abortion Forms

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United Press International GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia woman has received a one-year jail sentence after paying and signing paperwork for her son’s girlfriend to have an abortion, officials say. Cindi Cook, 44, was found guilty of encouraging her son’s […]

Religious Groups Protest U.S. Torture Tactics

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON – About 300 houses of worship are displaying anti-torture banners this month in an initiative by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Most of the banners are a stark black-and-white and read, “Torture is Wrong” or […]

Religion Makes You Happier–and Less Afraid of Death

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By Paul R. KopenkoskeyReligion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The perception that people unfettered by religion are happier than those who regularly attend church is false, an economist says. “People who believe in no moral constraints on activities have […]

Southern Baptists Elect a President But Dismiss a Proposal to Track Sex Offenders

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By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Southern Baptists on Tuesday (June 10) elected a Georgia pastor, the Rev. Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, as president after the most wide-open leadership race in three decades. Hunt, 55, […]

Obama Meets Privately with Prominent Christian Leaders

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The Associated Press CHICAGO – Barack Obama discussed Darfur, the Iraq war, gay rights, abortion and other issues Tuesday with Christian leaders, including conservatives who have been criticized for praising the Democratic presidential candidate. Bishop T.D. Jakes, a prominent black […]

Clergy Get Advice on Counseling Traumatized Soldiers

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By Jeff Diamant Religion News Service FORT DIX, N.J. – The Rev. Andrew Barton is a Presbyterian pastor who considers himself an advocate for peace and questions whether the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was justified. Yet he wants […]

Top Shiite Cleric’s Aides Are Killed

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Associated Press BAGHDAD – The slayings of two associates of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric raised fears Friday of a worsening Shiite power struggle in the country’s oil-rich south, prompting some clerics to go into hiding or abandon their robes and […]

Court Judge Rules on Doctors and Executions

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Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Medical Board overstepped its authority by threatening to punish physicians for participating in executions, a judge ruled Friday, striking down a policy that effectively triggered a moratorium on the state’s death penalty. […]

Suicide Rates Spike for Teen Girls

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Associated Press ATLANTA – The suicide rate among preteen and young teen girls spiked dramatically in a disturbing shift that federal health officials say they can’t fully explain. For all young people between ages 10 to 24, the suicide rate […]

Gay Studies 101 at a College Near You

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Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO – Before he transferred to San Francisco State University, Emo Loredo knew only a few other openly gay students. So he was pleasantly surprised when he discovered his new college offered not only dozens of classes […]

Student Whistleblower to Receive Award

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Religion News Service Ken Thorbourne KEARNY, N.J. – The high school student who blew the whistle on a history teacher who was proselytizing in the classroom is slated to receive an award that puts him in distinguished company. The New […]

Anointed Amish Explore Pentecostal Healing

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Religion News Service Daniel Burke LANCASTER, Pa. – Wearing the bushy beard and black vest common to Amish men, Steve Lapp stood near the pulpit of a Pentecostal church on a recent Sunday night and offered his services as a […]

Buddhist Monks Release Hostages

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United Press International YANGON, Myanmar – A group of Buddhist monks ended a tense standoff with authorities Thursday in Myanmar by releasing 20 government officials they had taken hostage. The situation at the monastery in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, […]

Confucius Joins Jesus on Court Display

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Religion News Service Christine Harvey SLIDELL, La. – Napoleon, Confucius, Hammurabi and more than a dozen other historical figures have joined Jesus Christ on the wall at courthouse in a bid to reassure visitors that the court wanted nothing more […]

Lesbian Priest an Episcopal Bishop Nominee

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Associated Press CHICAGO – The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago included an openly lesbian priest among five nominees for bishop Tuesday, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops. The Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, […]

Confessing Your Sins Against the Environment

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Religion News Service Robert Nowell LONDON – Visitors to East Anglia’s annual Greenpeace fair in England on Sunday (Sept. 2) will be able to confess their sins against the environment to a Catholic priest. But the Rev. Antony Sutch, who […]

Ted Haggard’s Church Appoints a Successor

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Religion News Service Adelle Banks New Life Church, the Colorado megachurch whose leader Ted Haggard was dismissed last year after a sex and drug scandal, has approved a new senior pastor. Pastor Brady Boyd, a pastor at Gateway Church in […]

A Televangelist Loses Radio Show After Criciticizing Islam

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Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Christian televangelist who harshly criticizes Islam and other religions said Friday that his late-night program is being pulled off the air because of pressure from a Muslim group. Earlier this month, officials from […]

A Minister Is Penalized for Marrying Gay Couples

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Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO – A Presbyterian minister was found guilty of violating church law for officiating at the weddings of two lesbian couples but given the lightest possible punishment, church and defense lawyers said Friday. A regional judicial committee […]

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