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c. 1998 Religion News Service Controversial D.C. voucher plan passed by Congress (RNS) A controversial voucher program for District of Columbia public school students has been passed by the Congress but faces a veto from President Clinton and a legal challenge if it ever becomes law. The bill passed in the House of Representatives by […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Controversial Islamic school gets OK from Virginia county board (RNS) Leaders of a suburban Washington, D.C., county have, over sharp objections from some residents, approved plans to build a private Islamic school for 3,500 students that would be financed by the Saudi Arabian government. The $50 million Muslim school was […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Court rules graduation prayers may be allowed (RNS) Student-led high school graduation prayers may be allowed when they are conducted without school district control, a San Francisco federal appeals court said Wednesday (May 27). The ruling, which affects nine Western states, was issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Creech says bishop won’t reappoint him to his church (RNS) The Rev. Jimmy Creech, the central figure in the United Methodist Church’s current firestorm over homosexuality, says his bishop has told him he will not be reappointed to his Omaha church. Creech, who in March barely was acquitted of charges […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Criticism of Clinton’s China policy continues (RNS) Religious and political opponents of President Clinton’s China policy maintained their steady drumbeat of criticism as the president prepared for his scheduled departure for China. He was scheduled to depart Wednesday (June 24) for his 10-day China trip. Opponents of Clinton’s China policy […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Crouch, Dixie Hummingbirds among gospel hall of fame inductees (RNS) Gospel artists Andrae Crouch, the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Mighty Clouds of Joy are among 10 individuals and groups who will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame next month. Crouch, a multi-Grammy Award singer and songwriter, will […]

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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 […]

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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 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 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 […]