AMDBOCOMMENTARY: Grim prospects for the future in a land no one seems to want

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at http://www.agreeley.com or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at)aol.com.) OXFORD, England _ Northern Ireland is the land that no one seems to want. […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Christmas marked by prayer, protest and calls for peace (RNS) Christmas celebrations around the world drew tens of millions of worshipers marking the birth of Jesus with a mix of prayer, protest and calls for peace. From a Vatican balcony, Pope John Paul II spoke of”peace and serenity”in Guatemala and […]

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COMMENTARY: Two films shed new light on a dark era

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ Sometimes movies can be a source of disappointment and dismay. But two new and highly acclaimed films with historical themes have given filmgoers much to think about. Both”The English Patient”and”Shine”reflect our continuing fascination with the […]

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TOP STORY: THE STARLET WHO MADE HERSELF A SAINT: Who was the real Evita?

c. 1996 Religion News Service UNDATED _ As millions of moviegoers flock to see”Evita,”the new musical starring Madonna, they’ll follow the story of Evita the Whore, a second-rate actress who slept her way into the Argentine presidential palace in the 1940s. But there’s another view of Argentine first lady Eva Peron: Evita the Saint. To […]

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COMMENTARY: The transforming power of forgiveness

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.) UNDATED _ Cultural critics complain, with some justification, […]

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c. 19) suspended indefinitely a ruling by a lower, Islamist-dominated court that an Egyptian professor, accused of insulting Islam, must divorce his wife. The legal battle between conservative Muslim lawyers and the more secular scholar and his wife has been watched around the world as a barometer of whether Muslim activists, intent on installing Islamic […]

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NEWS STORY: TV rating plan gets bad reviews from many religious groups

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Television’s proposed new rating system for programming, which the major networks plan to begin using Jan. 1, generally flopped with the religious community, drawing responses that ranged from harsh condemnation to cautious concern. The plan, unveiled Thursday (Dec. 19), will use a system of rating programs based on […]

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TOP STORY: ETHICAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Could your kids toys be made in a sweatshop?

c. 1996 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Ben Gordon, a respiratory therapist and consumer from New Orleans, always asks three questions before buying: “Where does it come from? Who made it? What kind of values are behind it?” It’s old hat for a man long accustomed to applying ethical values to the purchase of food […]

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NEWS FEATURE: THE CUSTOMS OF RELIGION: Scholar casts a skeptic’s eye on religious practices

c. 1996 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Charles Panati can tell you why Muslims are teetotalers, Jews don’t eat pork and some Christians experience a run of meatless Fridays. “Food taboos _ of the kind that abound in Leviticus, chapter 11, and Deuteronomy, chapter 14 _ are the means by which ancient societies maintained their […]

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COMMENTARY: Newsmakers, big and small, in 1996

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ The top news stories of 1996 involved the high and the mighty, as well as humble, ordinary people, whose fates express universal lessons and unanswered questions for us all. Here are my choices for the […]

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