COMMENTARY: An anatomical argument for the existence of God

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 magazine.) (RNS)-I found out the other day I have a pancreas. Not that I would have ever denied it; I know that the existence of […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Religious leaders warn against hate talk (RNS)-The rising tide of hate talk permeating the U.S. airwaves in particular and public discourse in general is endangering the nation, according to a group of religious leaders.”Our American public square is being systematically poisoned by the language of assault,”the fourth Maston Colloquium held […]

Portraits of compassion in words and pictures

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-In boldface below is caption information for six photographs by Phil Borges. Following each, in quotes, are comments by the Dalai Lama on the nature of compassion that accompany Borges’ portraits, in”Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion,”a new book they co-authored, published by Rizzoli Press. 1. Tenzin Gyatso, 59 At […]

COMMENTARY: A beach bum’s guide to great literature

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Charles W. Colson, former special counsel to Richard Nixon, served a prison term for his role in the Watergate scandal. He now heads Prison Fellowship International, an evangelical Christian ministry to the imprisoned and their families. Contact Colson via e-mail at 71421.1551(AT)compuserve.com.) (RNS)-Many of us vacation with our families, but […]

TOP STORY: BUDDHISM AND ART: Compassion visible: Portraits from Tibet

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-When Seattle photographer Phil Borges focused his camera’s eye on the people of Tibet, he perceived many things. Suffering. A deep stillness. A capacity for laughter to coexist with tears. But above all else, engraved in Borges’ mind and in the photos he made is the Buddhist principle of compassion. […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Aid groups join call for U.N. peacekeepers in Liberia (RNS)-A group of 13 religious and secular relief agencies have appealed to the U.S. government to take the lead in creating a United Nations peacekeeping force for war-torn Liberia.”The prolonged crisis in Liberia has forced nearly a third of the country’s […]

NEWS STORY: Vatican appeals to Algerian Muslims for peace

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-The Vatican expressed horror Friday (May 24) over the murder of seven French Trappist monks by Islamic extremists in Algeria and urged Muslims to unite against the violence that has gripped the country. French President Jacques Chirac’s essentially confirmed earlier the same day that the monks, who had […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Prosecutor won’t use confession given to Catholic priest (RNS)-An Oregon district attorney says he will not use a tape of a jailhouse confession given to a Roman Catholic priest by a murder suspect. Lane County prosecutor Doug Harcleroad said Wednesday (May 22) that he was”wrong to authorize the taping of […]

NEWS FEATURE: Bishop said to be within rights on excommunication order

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-If Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz is mistaken, as some critics charge, he’s erred on the right side. That, at least, is the early assessment among leading Catholic scholars and Vatican cognoscenti who have watched the Lincoln, Neb., bishop launch a crusade to cleanse his diocese of dissent. Bruskewitz […]

TOP STORY: CHARITY AND POLITICS: Dole Foundation does good work with money some see as tainted

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-“The needs are great; I don’t care where the money comes from,” says Paul Hearne, president of the Dole Foundation for Employment of People With Disabilities. The needs are great: There are 49 million people in the United States with a disability, at least two-thirds of whom are unemployed. […]