NEWS FEATURE: Consecrated virgins _ innovative way to serve God in the secular world

c. 1998 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Donna Cole strode into St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove last May dressed in white. Standing before a bishop and a crowd of well-wishers, the 35-year-old research scientist promised to live chastely and dedicated herself to God. But Cole, an avid skier and science fiction […]

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NEWS STORY: Black churches to mark a week of prayer, healing on AIDS

c. 1998 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ There was a time when a cloak of silence about AIDS shrouded the black religious community, a shroud woven by stereotypes and misconceptions about what was considered a white, gay man’s disease. But Harlem Minister Canon Frederick Boyd Williams said he has seen a marked change in […]

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