TOP STORY: ARTS AND RELIGION: Houses of worship, temples of dreams

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Particles of light trickle through a stained-glass window. The beam of a movie projector casts scenes of grace and grandeur onto the screen of a hushed and darkened theater. To novelist John Updike, both images resonate with ideas of the sacred: the church, a place to offer prayers; the cinema, […]

Pope urges resolve on celibacy among African priests

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Reflecting his concern about the failure of many priests to fulfill the rigors of their chosen lives, Pope John Paul II on Tuesday (Feb. 20) urged Tanzania’s bishops to”foster an unfailing commitment to holiness and a renewed dedication to the apostolate.” The pope, whose message appeared to be […]

Support for Mideast peace process grows among U.S. Jews

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-American-Jewish support for the Middle East peace process has jumped significantly in the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to an American Jewish Committee survey released today (Feb. 21). Seventy-nine percent of those Jews polled in the January survey said they supported the peace process, an […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Vatican says Belgrade ties don’t suggest political support (RNS)-The Vatican defended its decision Wednesday (Feb. 21) to resume diplomatic ties with Yugoslavia, apparently wary that Serbia-the dominant force in the Yugoslav federation-might use the decision as a propaganda tool to boost its international image. In a carefully worded statement, Vatican […]

COMMENTARY: The KKK and a little girl’s prayer

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) (RNS)-“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength,”wrote David in Psalm 8. I was reminded of this […]

Observing Ramadan’s end, White House hosts first Muslim fete

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-American Muslims marked a milestone in the growth and acceptance of Islam in the United States Tuesday (Feb. 20) with the first presidential reception to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.”It’s only fitting that just as children and families of other faiths come here to celebrate […]

TOP STORY: NORTHERN IRELAND: Chances for peace slipping away in Ireland

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-With the chance of ending a bloody religious and political war in Northern Ireland slipping away, the Clinton administration is engaged in intense negotiations with the British and Irish governments and Northern Irish political factions to restore a 17-month cease-fire and resume peace talks. Political leaders have a week […]

Pope sends Vatican envoy to East Timor

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-In an apparent attempt to find a diplomatic solution to Indonesia’s annexation of East Timor, Pope John Paul II on Tuesday (Feb. 20) dispatched a top Vatican envoy to the province and to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to meet with government and religious leaders. The mission of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Researcher finds changed attitudes on Roman Catholic priesthood (RNS)-Support for a married clergy and women priests has grown among Roman Catholic parishioners over the past three years, while support for the teaching authority of the pope has declined, according to the Rev. Thomas P. Sweetser, co-director of the Parish Evaluation […]

COMMENTARY: This just in: The `Honey’ syndrome

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Frederica Mathewes-Green is a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. She is the author of the recent book”Real Choices”and a frequent contributor to Christianity Today and other publications.) (RNS)-One of the tasks of journalism is trend-spotting and, if possible, inflating the wisp of fad or coincidence with enough hot air […]