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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope visits site of the Annunciation, Gethsemane, holds ecumenical meeting

c. 2000 Religion News Service JERUSALEM, March 25 (RNS) – Pope John Paul II took his spiritual pilgrimage Saturday (March 25) to Nazareth to celebrate the Annunciation of Jesus’ birth and to the garden of Gethsemane to mourn his betrayal. Later, he appealed to leaders of other Christian churches to end “scandalous squabbling over holy […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Fixed-hour Prayer Moving Out of the Monastery

c. 2000 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The admonition is a simple one: “Pray without ceasing,” Paul advises in the New Testament book of Thessalonians. For centuries, Christians have honored that call to prayer through the practice of fixed-hour prayer _ the recitation of psalms, hymns, scripture readings and prayer at specific times of the […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope arrives in Jordan to begin pilgrimage to the Holy Land

c. 2000 Religion News Service AMMAN, Jordan _ Pope John Paul II began his long-anticipated pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Monday (March 20) with an appeal for the peaceful resolution of the “grave and urgent issues” of justice and the rights of peoples in the Middle East. King Abdallah II, other members of the […]

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NEWS FEATURE: New View of Botticelli _ As Illustrator of Dante’s “Divine Comedy’’

c. 2000 Religion News Service ROME (RNS) _ Sandro Botticelli, the Renaissance painter best known for his Venus, his angels and his flowery allegory of springtime, emerges in a new role in a unique Holy Year exhibit: as illustrator of Dante’s religious and literary masterpiece, “The Divine Comedy.” Botticelli’s style is as unexpected as his […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope will lead unprecedented “Day of Pardon’’ for past faults

c. 2000 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II will mark the beginning of the Lenten season in the Jubilee year 2000 on Sunday by personally asking pardon for the sins committed by Roman Catholics over the past two millenniums, the Vatican said Tuesday (March 7). The Rev. Georges Cottier, a leading […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Christian Singer on the Verge of Stardom

c. 2000 Religion News Service ATHENS, Ala. _ Debbie White was ecstatic as she walked out of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville after performing in front of a crowd of several thousand people and millions of television viewers for the Christian Country Music Association’s annual Awards Show in November. Out of the view of […]

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