Global Religion Report

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Following is a collection of international religion stories compiled by RNS staff, wire and denominational reports.) Episcopal Church leaders ask prayers for Bosnia peacekeepers (RNS)-Leaders of the Episcopal Church are asking Americans to pause at noon on Thursday, Jan. 25, to pray for the Bosnian peacekeeping mission and the safety […]

TOP STORY: WORLD RELIGION: Jewish political insider wages ardent fight for Christian religious liber

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-Michael Horowitz has maneuvered around Washington political circles for nearly 15 years. A former Reagan administration official and current senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute think tank, Horowitz has worked on issues ranging from welfare policy to federalism to tort reform. His latest political crusade, however, is raising […]

NEWS STORY: Vatican goes interactive with museum treasures

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Why spend richly to tour the Vatican museums, along hot, crowded and noisy corridors, when you can take in the artistic richness of the Catholic Church’s artifacts and paintings at home? The question may now be more than academic. The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 18) unveiled the first […]

COMMENTARY: Remembering the chief architect of modern Israel

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-In January 1896 the weekly Jewish Chronicle of London printed excerpts from a new booklet,”Der Judenstaat”or”The Jewish State,”whose author was even more fascinating than the provocative title of his work. The publication of Theodor Herzl’s 70-page volume […]

NEWS STORY: Religious groups form anti-gambling coalition

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-In a rare show of unity on a public-policy issue, the liberal National Council of Churches and the conservative Christian Coalition said Wednesday they would work together to try to stop the spread of legal gambling in the United States.”When the Christian Coalition and the National Council of Churches […]

TOP STORY: THE CHECHEN REBELLION NEWS ANALYSIS:Chechens fortified by mystical approach to Islam

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Chechen separatists face overwhelming odds in their fight against the better-equipped and far larger Russian military machine. Yet they persist, taking hostages on land and at sea and displaying a seemingly reckless willingness to die for their cause. Two factors keep them fighting, according to expatriate Chechens and others familiar […]

National Religion Report

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Following is a collection of domestic religion stories compiled from RNS staff, wire and denominational reports). Parishioners shun visit by female Episcopal bishop (RNS)-The Rev. Arthur Woolley of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bladensburg, Md., an opponent of women’s ordination, vowed to”use every means at my disposal”to block a visit […]

Pope likely to wait on Jerusalem visit until after peace talks begin

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Pope John Paul II is likely to wait until after peace talks begin next year on the status of Jerusalem before visiting the holy city, an Israeli government minister said Wednesday following a Vatican meeting with the pontiff.”From my understanding, it (the pope’s visit) is more likely to […]

COMMENTARY: Finding the simple pleasures in life

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the author of”Turn Toward the Wind”and the publisher of Religion News Service.) (RNS)-For some it comes as an epiphany, a sudden realization that the stuff of life has outpaced the substance. Others move toward it gradually, growing tired of the”shop ’til you drop”mentality that no longer […]