PHOTO ESSAY: Glimpsing Nazi Germany through lens of sport

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Olympic competitions have always been a platform to display the pride and ambitions of a nation. As the games continue this week in Atlanta, a photo exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum looks back to the Olympic games of 60 years ago in Berlin, when the international […]

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TOP STORY: SPORTS, DEITY AND THE STATE: Ancient Olympics an imperfect homage to human perfection

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The race had been won and the radiant runner, at the peak of his power and prowess, sprinted into the sacred space before an ancient altar of Zeus to claim his prize _ not gold, but a crown of olive branches freshly gathered from a holy grove believed to […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Vatican suggests”prenatal adoption”as way to save frozen embryos (RNS) A top Vatican ethicist suggested Tuesday (July 23) that married women could volunteer to bring to term some 2,500 frozen embryos in Britain that are slated to be destroyed. The suggestion, in an article in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, is […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Religious equality’ amendment more about elections than eternity

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Depending on their point of view, people regard the idea of amending the Constitution to promote and protect religious freedom as either absolutely necessary or utter nonsense; a saving grace for a godless nation or a constitutional nightmare. But in the House of Representatives, the sudden reappearance of […]

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NEWS STORY: REBUILDING BURNED CHURCHES: Fire-damaged churches receive money to rebuild

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The National Council of Churches will distribute nearly $1 million of the $8.3 million it has collected so far to nine congregations in its first round of grants to help predominantly African-American congregations that have been damaged by fires.”It’s a joy to be able to provide resources that churches, […]

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TOP STORY: Common ground for Buddhists and Catholics abloom with new ideas

c. 1996 Religion News Service TRAPPIST, Ky. _ In search of common ground between the Buddhist and Catholic traditions of prayer and meditation, monks, nuns and religious scholars have come together at a monastery here in the rolling hills of rural Kentucky. The spiritual terrain they are exploring is fertile indeed, seeded with everything from […]

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COMMENTARY: A memory of an emperor, a great rabbi and a woman seeking wisdom

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Eli Hecht is vice president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He is the director of Chabad of South Bay in Lomita, Calif., and has been involved in counseling and outreach programs for more than 25 years.) (UNDATED) With all the uproar on abortion in the political arena, Americans […]

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German fear of Scientology leaves jazz musician short of gigs

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) American jazz musician Chick Corea has been the subject of bans and boycotts in Germany because of his membership in the Church of Scientology, the controversial group that is currently an object of public scorn in Germany. Corea, an internationally acclaimed musician who has won several Grammy awards, has […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Former Episcopal treasurer Ellen F. Cooke to appeal prison sentence (RNS) Ellen F. Cooke, the former national treasurer of the Episcopal Church, will appeal her five year prison sentence for embezzling more than $2 million from the denomination, her attorney said Monday (July 22). On July 10, Judge Maryanne Trump […]

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NEWS STORY: RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE: Federal appeals court rules against Beverly Hills menorah

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ A federal appeals court has ruled that the City of Beverly Hills violated the Constitution by allowing a Hasidic Jewish group to erect a Hanukkah display in a public park while also preventing two other groups from setting up their religious displays. The ruling could force local […]

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