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c. 1997 Religion News Service Word Records purchased for more than $100 million (RNS) Gaylord Entertainment Company has completed its purchase of Word Records and Music, a contemporary Christian music company previously owned by Thomas Nelson, for more than $100 million. Initially, the purchase price was $110 million, including working capital and other assets, but […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Pope names priest accused of sexual abuse to Synod for America delegation (RNS) Pope John Paul II has named an influential priest, accused of child sexual abuse in Spain and Italy, to be a special delegate to the major Synod for America, which will meet beginning next month in Rome. […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Promise Keepers founder committed adultery two decades ago (RNS) Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney committed adultery more than two decades ago, a spokesman for the ministry confirmed Friday (Oct. 31). Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for Promise Keepers, said McCartney’s actions took place about 25 years ago and the former University […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service School prayer amendment passes House subcommittee (RNS) A proposed constitutional amendment that would restore state-sanctioned prayer in the public schools and insert the word God into the Constitution has been approved by a House Judiciary subcommittee. The proposal, known as the Religious Freedom Amendment, passed on an 8-4 party-line vote, […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Aid workers reported abducted in Chechnya (RNS) Leaders of the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation said Friday (Oct. 24) two more aid workers have been taken prisoner in Chechnya. The WCC and LWF, parent organizations of Action by Churches (ACTS), said the kidnapped humanitarian workers are […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Patriarch pays a low-profile call on White House (RNS) On the day the Clinton Administration unveiled its response to global warming and tensions heightened between Greece and Turkey, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, was welcomed Wednesday (Oct. 22) at the White House in an unexpectedly low-key meeting. In a brief session with […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Deborah Lyons, wife of Baptist leader, pleads guilty to arson (RNS) Deborah Lyons, wife of the president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, pleaded guilty Monday (Oct. 20) to first-degree arson in a case that led to controversy for her husband, the Rev. Henry J. Lyons and the nation’s largest […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Report: Chinese detain underground Catholic church leader (RNS) After 17 months in hiding, Roman Catholic Bishop Su Zhimin, a prominent leader of the underground church movement in China, has been detained by the government, a U.S.-based Catholic organization has reported. According to a spokesman for the Cardinal Kung Foundation in […]