COMMENTARY: There’s a biblical parallel with Iran’s Khatami

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the National Interreligious Affairs Director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ CNN, the Cable News Network, recently aired an interview with Mohammad Khatami, the president of Iran. It was Khatami’s first extended appearance in the Western media and he used the opportunity to say a few […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Religious groups continue to urge diplomacy to end Iraq crisis (RNS) Religious leaders against new U.S. military attacks on Iraq are continuing to express their opposition in letters to President Bill Clinton and statements to the media. Tuesday (Feb. 17), the leaders of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and […]

NEWS PROFILE: Faith, family inspire popular `painter of light’

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Like a modern American Renoir, Thomas Kinkade is a”painter of light”whose cozy, flower-laced cottages invite onlookers to crawl inside their warmly lit windows for a romantic evening before the radiant hearths imagined within. Images of Kinkade’s idyllic Victorian villages and inspirational landscapes”account for more sales than any other […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Judge bars video distribution of film in religious copyright dispute (RNS) A federal judge in Virginia has barred distribution of the video version of”Devil’s Advocate”until the film’s maker, Warner Bros., resolves a copyright dispute with sculptor Frederick Hart over Hart’s allegation the film illegally used an image of his work […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Vatican orders inquiry of former Vienna archbishop (RNS) In response to rising anger among Austrian Catholics, the Vatican on Thursday (Feb. 12) launched a formal investigation of former Vienna Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer amid fresh allegations of sexual misconduct. Groer was forced to retire in 1995 after nine years as […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Scientology paid government $12.5 million to settle IRS dispute (RNS) The Church of Scientology has paid the U.S. government $12.5 million as part of a 1993 settlement with the Internal Revenue Service establishing the controversial group’s tax-exempt status.”Bottom line, the document (settlement) is a peace treaty. The war (with the […]

COMMENTARY: An excess of holiday expectations produces dangerous anxieties

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED-The psychiatrist who lives in my apartment building tells me the long holiday season, which begins at Thanksgiving and extends until after New Year’s Day, is his busiest time of the year. His office is filled with […]

Nuns on the ‘Net: Cloistered sisters join cyberspace craze

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Ed. note: Photo to accompany this article is available from RNS Stock. To receive free software for downloading photos, call 800-767-6781.) UNDATED-Sister Mary Martin and Sister Ann rise at 5:30 each morning, meditate, and eat a simple breakfast in silence. For the cloistered nuns on an isolated hilltop in Ortonville, […]