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c. 1998 Religion News Service Clinton, pope top lists of makers of 1998 religion news (RNS) President Clinton and Pope John Paul II tied for the designation of Religion Newsmaker of 1998 in a survey by the Religion Newswriters Association. The two newsworthy men also ranked at the top of a list of news events […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Clergy gets OK to bring concealed weapons to Kentucky churches (RNS) Ministers and church officers in Kentucky are now allowed to carry concealed weapons inside their churches thanks to a new provision in a state law. The 1996 law allows residents to carry concealed weapons with the proper permit, but […]

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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 Clinton presses for religious freedom in China (RNS) President Clinton worshipped Sunday (June 28) in Beijing’s oldest and largest Protestant church, a gesture his aides indicated was intended to remind China’s leaders about the importance the United States places on religious freedom. In brief comments at Chongwenmen Church, Clinton expressed […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Christianity Today editorializes against death penalty (RNS) Christianity Today, a leading evangelical magazine, has, for the first time, come out against capital punishment.”However we learn to apply … biblical themes of reconciliation and the abhorrence of vengeance in the public sphere, it seems clear that the death penalty has outlived […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Church leaders dismayed at campaign finance reform defeat (RNS) Leaders from 11 denominations and religious agencies, including the National Council of Churches, have expressed their dismay at the failure of legislation to reform the way political campaigns are financed. The issue, which rose to prominence during the 1996 presidential campaign,has […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Church World Service plans more aid for North Korea (RNS) Church World Service, the relief and humanitarian arm of the National Council of Churches, has announced it plans to send $500,000 in new aid to North Korea to help people survive the next crucial”crunch”in March or April, when basic food […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Christian retailers voice concerns about book company merger (RNS) Christian retailers have voiced concerns about how the plans of Barnes & Noble to purchase Ingram Book Group will affect their business. Ingram Book Group, a subsidiary of Nashville, Tenn.-based Ingram Industries, owns Spring Arbor Distributors, a major wholesale distributor to […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Church women call for canceling poor nations’ debts (RNS) The 125-member U.S. delegation who attended the festival marking the end of the Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women has written President Clinton calling for”the complete cancellation of debts for the most heavily indebted countries as a first […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Churches denounce Northern Ireland bombing (RNS) Church leaders in Europe have denounced last weekend’s bombing in Omagh, Northern Ireland, which took the lives of 28 people, including seven children and 14 women.”That such an unspeakable crime should have been committed, in which so many innocent people have suffered death, injury […]

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