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c. 1998 Religion News Service Eds: Lowercase spelling of”empty tomb”in first item is cq. Church members gave a bit more of their incomes to congregations in 1996 (RNS) Congregation members gave a slightly larger portion of their incomes to their churches in 1996 compared to the previous year, a new study reports.”The State of Church […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service East Timor bishop calls for guerrilla leader’s release (RNS) Bishop Carlos Belo, head of the Roman Catholic Church in contested East Timor and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has called on the new Indonesian government to release jailed guerrilla leader Xanana Gusmao.”Xanana must be freed in order to have a […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Disgruntled Methodists seek suspension of Nebraska bishop (RNS) A group of disgruntled United Methodists in Nebraska are seeking the suspension or removal of Bishop Joel Martinez, charging he has failed to perform his duties, broke church law and undermined the ministry of three Nebraska pastors. The three pastors, a layman […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Disciples seminary trustees divest tobacco stock (RNS) The trustee board of Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky has voted to divest its stock in major tobacco manufacturing companies. The action fits into a larger effort to consider social responsibility when determining investment choices, said officials of the school affiliated with the […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Denver church service features bell tolling for Oklahoma victims (RNS) A Denver church bell tolled 168 times Wednesday (Jan. 7) during a memorial service for the victims of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. The interfaith service was attended by relatives and friends who had traveled to Colorado for the […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Debt-ridden University of Mobile gets accreditation reprieve (RNS) The debt-ridden University of Mobile has received a one-year extension on its accreditation probation while it works to balance its budget. The Southern Baptist-affiliated school in Alabama has been dealing with a debt of almost $4 million. Jack Allen, associate executive director […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service D.C. commission hears case about Boy Scouts’ anti-gay stance (RNS) The District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights has begun hearing the case of two gay men who were banned from the Boy Scouts of America, adding to the list of several cases across the country aimed at forcing the […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service CWS seeks funds to aid Iraqis with medicine (RNS) Church World Service, the relief and humanitarian arm of the National Council of Churches, said Monday (Feb. 9) it is seeking $150,000 from U.S. churches and other supporters to provide Iraq with critically needed medicine and medical supplies. The effort is […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Cuban cardinal makes unprecedented TV appearance promoting papal visit (RNS) Cardinal Jaime Ortega has made an unprecedented appearance on Cuban television to advertise the upcoming visit of Pope John Paul II. Ortega’s half-hour, prime-time appearance Tuesday (Jan. 13) fulfilled a government promise to give the Cuban Catholic Church access to […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Crowd of 100,000 gather for woman’s message from Virgin Mary (RNS) A crowd of 100,000 people gathered in Conyers, Ga., Tuesday to hear a message from the Virgin Mary given by a woman who claims to have had visits from Mary since 1990.”If you are worried about the future, put […]