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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: Physicist Freeman Dyson Named Templeton Prize Winner

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Freeman Dyson, a world-renowned physicist and author who for more than 50 years has worked to make science a tool for social justice, on Wednesday (March 22) was awarded the 2000 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Dyson, 76, a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced […]

NEWS STORY: Church bells, drums to mark millennium in Canada

c. 1999 Religion News Service VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ A sound wave of church bells will begin on the Atlantic coast at noon on Jan. 1, 2000, and roll across Canada’s time zones to conclude with a crescendo of Haida drumming on the Pacific Coast. The cross-country “joyful noise” is one of the special ways […]

COMMENTARY: Out of control

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _”We need more boxes!”says my wife. The first three dozen boxes are filled. My son goes out for another stack. My parents, visiting from Indiana, wrap our wedding china in paper towels. My wife clears shelves. I help pack, but mostly I continue my preparations for an upcoming business […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service TenPoint is CQ in item on black clergy Southern Baptist president predicts eventual division (RNS) Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson has predicted that some kind of division is in the offing for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, but he expects less than a tenth of SBC churches will actually […]