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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 […]

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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 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 Protesters arrested at Army’s School of the Americas (RNS) Some 600 protesters, led by the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, a Roman Catholic priest and longtime political activist, were arrested Sunday (Nov. 16) when they trespassed on the grounds of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga., demanding […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service `Nothing Sacred’ to last all season, gets Catholic support (RNS) Despite some highly visible criticism from a conservative Roman Catholic group, ABC says it has ordered a full season of the drama”Nothing Sacred.” The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights began campaigning against the one-hour drama before it premiered […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Appeals court nixes Ohio ban of `partial-birth’ abortions (RNS) A three-judge federal appeals court panel has struck down Ohio’s first-in-the-nation ban of the late-term abortion procedure opponents refer to as”partial-birth”abortion. In a 2-1 ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Tuesday (Nov. 18) upheld a 1995 U.S. […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Disney’s Eisner calls notion of anti-Christian bent `ridiculous’ (RNS) Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner called charges that his company promotes an anti-Christian agenda”ridiculous”and said a Southern Baptist-led boycott has not affected the entertainment conglomerate financially. When delegates to the June meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention voted to boycott […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Cuba to allow additional foreign Catholic priests and nuns (RNS) Cuba will allow an additional 57 foreign priests and nuns to enter the island nation to help the country’s small Roman Catholic leadership prepare for the January visit of Pope John Paul II. Some 28 priests and 29 nuns will […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Report: Moon’s Unification Church has few members, lots of businesses (RNS) Membership in the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church continues to decline, even as his multibillion-dollar religious empire continues to grow, The Washington Post reported in a series of in-depth articles on the controversial movement. In the Washington, D.C., […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Orthodox Christian leader elevates status of U.S. bishops (RNS) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has elevated the status of six American bishops of the Greek Orthodox and Carpatho-Russian Orthodox churches. Meanwhile, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has released a memorandum intended to quiet growing unrest within the church over the leadership […]