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c. 1999 Religion News Service Update: Two more Christian chapels in India torched (RNS) Two more Christian chapels in western India have been attacked by mobs and set ablaze in a new round of the anti-Christian attacks that began over the Christmas holidays. A Roman Catholic prayer hall in Dhuda and a chapel in Lahan […]


c. 1999 Religion News Service Israeli religious council size cuts will keep out non-Orthodox (RNS) Israel’s Orthodox-dominated Religious Affairs Ministry has cut the size of the nation’s local religious councils in a move that will keep more liberal Reform and Conservative Jews from joining the bodies. Spokesman Shimon Malka said Religious Affairs Minister Eli Suissa […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Erotic Web site with pope visit information ordered shut down (RNS) A federal judge has ordered the closing of a Web site that combines information about Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis later this month with erotic pictures. The closing of the Web site by Internet Entertainment Group […]


c. 1999 Religion News Service Ashcroft out as religious conservatives’ top choice for GOP nod (RNS) Religious conservatives have lost one potential Republican presidential candidate while gaining another. Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo., announced Tuesday (Jan. 5) he would not seek the GOP nomination in 2000, while Gary Bauer said he was taking a leave of […]

NEWS STORY: Pope Makes it Official: Egan Will Succeed O’Connor

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Pope John Paul II made official Thursday (May 11) what has been speculation for the past week _ Bishop Edward Egan of Bridgeport, Conn., a scholar, linguist and accomplished pianist, will succeed the late Cardinal John J. O’Connor as head of the Archdiocese of New York. Egan, […]

NEWS FEATURE: A Contemporary Craftsman Renews an Ancient Art

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Alexander Sokolov was 17 years-old when he stumbled upon a crossroads for his love of art and Orthodox Christianity, his newly adopted religion: painting religious icons. “When I first started making them, they were for me an image of another world, a spiritually rich world,” said Sokolov. “When […]

NEWS FEATURE: Study into Religious Melancholy Turns Into an Adventure

c. 2000 Religion News Service HARTFORD, Conn. _ Julius Rubin is joyful these days, a welcome change for a sociologist whose research into “religious melancholy” led to some depressing consequences. He has had to endure a federal lawsuit, threatened legal action against his English publisher and harrassing telephone calls from persons known and unknown _ […]

NEWS FEATURE: New Bibles Reclaiming Heritage of African Biblical Characters

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Biblical characters are a familiar part of the lexicon of American pop culture, surfacing in everything from catch phrases (“What Would Jesus Do”) to animation (Moses in DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt”) to band names (Jesus Jones). Less well known are some other characters from the Bible. African characters. […]