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c. 19). The pope has maintained silence on the recently renewed tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. But in a careful diplomatic response to the flare-up, the Vatican said in a statement that the two men dedicated part of their meeting to”an exchange of news and views on progress between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and on […]

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TOP STORY: SELLING THE NATIVITY: Nativity jewelry sales campaign draws ire in Bethlehem

c. 1996 Religion News Service BETHLEHEM _ The pitch seems to be everywhere this Christmas season: For as little as $59.95 (plus postage and handling) you, too, can own a piece of the place where Jesus was born. In reverential tones, actor Ricardo Montalban describes a filigreed cross, centered with a stone that he says”witnessed”the […]

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TOP STORY: THE CHURCH AND VIETNAM: In Vietnam, flourishing trade fails to reap religious harvest

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Archbishop Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan has no delusions about freedom of religion in his native Vietnam. Thirteen years in prison is instructive, said the former archbishop of Nha Trang, the coastal village north of Ho Chi Minh City. Above all, it teaches patience. Like a character in […]

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COMMENTARY: The truth shall make you odd

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the author of”Turn Toward the Wind”and publisher of Religion News Service.) UNDATED _ It is more than ironic, I fear, that one of the lowliest births of recorded history is commemorated this time of year with Nativity sets crafted from porcelain, fine glass or precious metal. […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Clinton launches celebrations for Hanukkah, Christmas (RNS) President Bill Clinton officially launched the holiday season in Washington, D.C., on Thursday (Dec. 5), hosting a special ceremony in the Oval Office to mark the beginning of Hanukkah and then riding across the street to light the national Christmas tree at the […]

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TOP STORY: COSMETIC CHRISTIANITY: Preaching in pink: the religion of Mary Kay Cosmetics

c. 1996 Religion News Service DALLAS _ Mary Kay Cosmetics’ philosophy has always been:”God first, family second, career third”and founder and chairman emeritus Mary Kay Ash attributes the cosmetic giant’s success to its initial decision to “take God as our partner.” That unique mix of faith and facials, which continues to attract”spiritually strong”people promoting and […]

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