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RNS By Adelle M. Banks The Rev. D. James Kennedy, who used his Florida-based television ministry to establish himself as a leading voice for religious conservatives, has retired from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Kennedy, 76, suffered a …Read More

RNS By Pat Shellenbarger Blanchard, Mich. — Glen Mast doesn’t own a computer and doesn’t want one, but he and other Amish farmers complain the Michigan Department of Agriculture is insisting they tag their cattle with electronic chips in violation …Read More

New York – August 20, 2007 – Friends and foes of an embattled public school whose curriculum will be taught in Arabic raised the volume of their rhetoric Monday, with critics warning students could be “indoctrinated” with radical Islamic beliefs …Read More

Jefferson City, Mo. – August 20, 2007 – Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to strike down a new Missouri law that it claims could eliminate abortion services in large parts of the state by subjecting clinics to stringent …Read More

RNS By Ron Cammel Portage, Mich. – After 40 years, a “simple, quiet, sedate liturgy” brought the landmark Episcopal Cathedral of Christ the King to a close. The building, which resembles a fortress-like castle, has been the bishop’s seat for …Read More

RNS By Daniel Burke Evangelist Billy Graham is in “fair and improving” condition at a North Carolina hospital after he was admitted Saturday (Aug. 18) for intestinal bleeding, a spokesperson said Monday. Graham, 88, is alert, walking around and visiting …Read More

RNS by Daniel Burke U.S. officials deported illegal Mexican immigrant and activist Elvira Arellano Sunday (Aug. 19) in Los Angeles, days after she left her refuge at a Chicago church to launch a national immigration-reform campaign. Arellano, 32, was arrested …Read More

RNS By Robert Schwaneberg Luisa Paster and Harriet Bernstein of Ocean Grove, N.J., say they were not trying to start a federal case when they complained last month to the state’s civil rights agency. “All that we were trying to …Read More

RNS By Susan Finch New Orleans – The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court here Monday (Aug. 13) to stop Louisiana from making taxpayer-financed donations to two churches. The gifts targeted in the case — $100,000 to …Read More

Associated Press Davenport, Iowa – August 7- Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that whether he was a practicing Catholic was a personal matter as he declined to answer questions about his religion. Addressing a town-hall meeting in Iowa, …Read More