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c. 1996 Religion News Service Abortion opponents offended by Clinton veto threat (RNS)-Abortion opponents said Wednesday (Feb. 28) they are offended that President Clinton is asking Congress to soften a bill that would ban a controversial late-term abortion procedure except in cases when the life of the mother is at stake. In a letter to […]

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Russian Orthodox suspend ties with Ecumenical Patriarch

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-As the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Aleksy II presided at a liturgy Feb. 23 in Moscow’s Cathedral of the Epiphany, he omitted from the day’s prayers the name of the pre-eminent leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. It was a startling omission, the first time in the […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Episcopal Church weighs question of doctrine in heresy trial over gays

c. 1996 Religion News Service WILMINGTON, Del. (RNS)-For a generation, Episcopalians have struggled with the issue of how gays and lesbians fit into their denomination, especially the ranks of the clergy. Over the years, the debate has produced a flurry of studies, resolutions, statements and counter-statements along with a handful of controversial ordinations of non-celibate […]

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TOP STORY: ISRAEL: A mood of public restraint in terror-stricken Israel

c. 1996 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS)-The youths huddled together on the curb of the busy roadside, singing sad folk songs, reading Psalms and lighting candles in memory of the 25 victims of Sunday’s suicide attacks on two Israeli buses by the Islamic group Hamas. Only a few hours before, the road had been blocked […]

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Pope revises rules on papal elections that could alter outcome

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Pope John Paul II has revised the way the next pope will be elected, allowing cardinals voting in secret ballot to abandon two-thirds majority approval and resort to a simple absolute majority if a stalemate is reached. The revision, outlined in a papal document, could affect the outcome […]

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COMMENTARY: A V chip? How about an E chip—for `Embarrassing?’

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the author of”Turn Toward the Wind”and the publisher of Religion News Service.) (RNS)-With the rating system for television programs gaining momentum, even the Europeans are getting into the act. According to Variety, the European Union is considering legislation to fit TV sets in Europe with a […]

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A waiting game for humanitarian aid to Cuba

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-A multimillion-dollar shipment of insulin and antibiotics to stock the empty shelves of Cuban hospitals stands waiting in a Miami warehouse. When the supplies will arrive is anybody’s guess, now that the Clinton administration has tightened the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and banned all direct charter flights to […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Lutherans in flap with China over Hong Kong assembly (RNS)-China has asked the Lutheran World Federation to postpone its 1997 world assembly scheduled for Hong Kong because the meeting is to be held just one week after the British colony comes under Beijing’s control. So far, the federation-which consists of […]

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TOP STORY: THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Historic heresy trial of Episcopal bishop gets under way

c. 1996 Religion News Service WILMINGTON, Del. (RNS)-Invoking Scripture, age-old tradition and even speed-limit laws, a pair of secular lawyers Tuesday (Feb. 27) thrashed out the question of whether the Episcopal Church has a “doctrine” forbidding the ordination of homosexuals to the priesthood. The day-long argument before a panel of nine bishop-judges was the first […]

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TOP STORY: JIM BAKKER: Televangelist takes to the pulpit in wake of conviction

c. 1996 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS)-Former televangelist Jim Bakker, bathed in a standing ovation from a nearly full church Sunday (Feb. 25), preached a new gospel of humility he said he learned in prison. But Bakker, convicted in 1989 for bilking 116,000 followers out of nearly $158 million, did not acknowledge whether a […]

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