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c. 1996 Religion News Service Methodists reaffirm homosexuality is”incompatible”with Christianity (RNS)-An effort to soften the United Methodist Church’s 24-year-old stance declaring that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching was soundly defeated Wednesday (April 24) by delegates attending the denomination’s General Conference. The proposal, brought by the 8.6 million-member church’s Board of Church and Society, was […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope, Yugoslav ambassador renew diplomatic tie

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Three years of acrimony between the rump Yugoslav federation and the Vatican appeared a faded memory Thursday (April 25), as Pope John Paul II and Belgrade’s new envoy to the Holy See both promised respect and understanding. The new Yugoslav ambassador to the Holy See, Dojcilo Maslovaric, did […]

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COMMENTARY: Shedding light on Luther’s dark side

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther, the German monk who left the Roman Catholic Church in 1517 to become the leading figure in the Protestant Reformation. Now that Germany is unified, […]

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TOP STORY: RELIGION IN CUBA: Relations between church and state improving dramatically in Cuba

c. 1996 Religion News Service HAVANA (RNS)-From his pulpit in the landmark Our Lady of Carmen Church, the Rev. Theodoro Becerril watched for years with alarm as the Catholic Church declined, withered and nearly died in communist Cuba. From his vantage point, over a span of 38 years, Becerril witnessed the slow but steady disappearance […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Southern Baptist relief group to help feed North Koreans (RNS)-A Southern Baptist relief agency plans to feed a flood-ravaged area in North Korea for the next six months after North Korean officials asked for help.”We were asked to help from now until October in the rescue of a city,”said Bill […]

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NEWS STORY: Hillary Clinton urges Methodists to take their faith into the world

c. 1996 Religion News Service DENVER (RNS)-In a speech laced with references to Jesus, John Wesley and her recent book,”It Takes A Village,”Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday (April 24) told United Methodists to take their faith out into the world but warned that the world”is complex … and maybe hostile.” The First Lady’s 31-minute speech to […]

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COMMENTARY: These strange things we call bodies

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the author of”Turn Toward the Wind”and publisher of Religion News Service.) (RNS)-In light of the recent allegation that Princess Diana has dimpled thighs, and her tearful denial that any fat has invaded her body, I have a confession of my own. I have cellulite. I am […]

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TOP STORY: RELIGION AND MEDICINE: Israeli researchers take a new look at an ancient healing traditio

c. 1996 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS)-In antiquity, health and healing were the domain of monks, shamans and priests. But that intimate link was broken long ago in most parts of the world. One exception was the Tibetan highlands, where geographical isolation from the West helped preserve a 1,700-year-old medical tradition that combined spiritual healing […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Tortured nun begins hunger strike

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-Sister Dianna Ortiz began a bread-and-water fast Monday to pressure the Clinton administration to release information about possible U.S. government involvement in her 1989 abduction, rape and torture in Guatemala. Sitting through cold, rainy nights in a makeshift encampment in front of the White House, the Roman Catholic nun […]

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TOP STORY: JUDAISM IN AMERICA: New Jewish culture center rivals museums in Israel

c. 1996 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES (RNS)-The world’s fourth-largest Jewish museum opened here Sunday (April 21), with its founding president expressing the hope that the teaching of Jewish history will help Jews recover their waning sense of community. Built at a cost of $65 million, funded largely through donations from the Jewish community, the […]

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