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c. 1997 Religion News Service Catholic bishops criticize world response to Central Africa (RNS) A top official of the U.S. Catholic Conference, the social policy arm of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, has criticized the international community _ including the United States _ for failing to take steps to prevent on-going violence in Central Africa.”Despite […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Gifts to Salvation Army topped $1 billion in 1996 (RNS) The Salvation Army raised a whopping $1 billion in 1996 up more than $250 million from 1995 putting it at the top of the list for the fifth straight year in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s top 400 charities. Overall, Americans […]

NEWS STORY: Orthodox patriarch decries Holocaust `icon’ of evil

c. 1997 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ More than 50 years after the end of the Holocaust, the first ecumenical patriarch of the Orthodox Church to directly address it called Nazi persecution”the singular icon of our century’s evils”and said Israel was the”guarantor of the Jewish people’s existence.” Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking Monday (Oct. 20) at the […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Liberty University has “new lease on life” following debt reduction (RNS) Liberty University has a “new lease on life” following a dramatic reduction in the school’s debts, according to a spokesman for Jerry Falwell, the school’s chancellor. Mark DeMoss, Falwell’s spokesman, said an anonymous donor he described as a “Christian […]

NEWS SIDEBAR: Schedule for ecumenical patriarch’s U.S visit

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Here’s the city-by-city itinerary of the month-long visit of Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church: Washington, D.C. Oct. 19: Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. Oct. 20: Visit to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; luncheon at Turkish Embassy; dinner at Library of Congress. Oct. 21: Meeting with […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Four Orthodox Jewish students sue Yale University over housing (RNS) Four Orthodox Jewish students sued Yale University Wednesday (Oct. 15), saying the school’s campus housing requirement forces them to be exposed to lax sexual attitudes in coed dormitories that violate their faith’s support of modesty and chastity.”Sexual activity involving an […]

NEWS FEATURE: American Orthodoxy: change and dissent on brink of the millennium

c. 1997 Religion News Service SANTA BARBARA, Calif. _ Assembled in a blue-domed edifice overlooking the Pacific, the sun-kissed congregation of St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church seems the fulfillment of the immigrant dream. The sanctuary is filled with young, affluent families, drawn to the beauty and unchanging teachings of this most ancient expression of Christian […]

NEWS STORY: Bartholomew to face Orthodox unity issue during U.S. visit

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s U.S. visit will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1.5 million-member Greek Orthodox archdiocese in America, but in some respects, it will be an uneasy celebration. The largest, most affluent and most visible of American Orthodox Christians, Greeks are divided over the policies of Archbishop […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Red Cross apologizes for Holocaust silence (RNS) The International Red Cross said Tuesday (Oct. 7) the organization committed a”moral failure”when it didn’t respond aggressively to the Holocaust. In a Jerusalem ceremony marking the release of 60,000 pages of Red Cross documents from World War II, Red Cross archivist George Willemin […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Lyons admits judgment error, asks for second chance (RNS) The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, said in a live television interview Tuesday (Sept. 30) that he made an”error in judgment”by buying a luxury home with a female church official and hopes Americans will give […]