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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 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 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 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 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 Pope ends Brazil trip with condemnation of abortion, divorce (RNS) Pope John Paul II returned to Italy on Monday (Oct. 6) after a four-day trip to Brazil in which he strongly reaffirmed church teaching on the importance of the family and sharply condemned abortion and divorce.”The family is the fundamental […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Seminary librarian fired over letter to SBC president (RNS) A librarian at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was fired Sept. 26 apparently because he wrote a letter questioning the accuracy of remarks denominational president Tom Elliff made in a chapel address. Paul Debusman, 64, was dismissed from the Louisville, Ky., seminary […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Bishops’ leader urges Clinton to sign abortion ban (RNS) The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged President Clinton to sign legislation passed overwhelming Wednesday (Oct. 8) by the House of Representatives that would ban a controversial late-term abortion procedure. The measure _ which has been criticized […]