NEWS STORY: Religious groups stepping up call for end to Kosovo violence

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The Vatican says its diplomats are working behind the scenes in an effort to halt the NATO military campaign against the former Yugoslavia as well as Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic’s”ethnic cleansing”of Kosovo, and religious groups across Europe stepped up calls for an end to the fighting. On Monday […]

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NEWS STORY: Methodist pastor suspended from ministry for same-sex ceremony

c. 1999 Religion News Service DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. _ The Rev. Gregory Dell, the Chicago pastor suspended from ministry late Friday (March 26) by a United Methodist Church court for performing a same-sex wedding ceremony says the decision was a victory of legalism over compassion. “Part of the church made a statement, but it’s not […]

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NEWS FEATURE: MILLENNIUM WATCH: Israel braces for end-of-the-world sects

c. 1999 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ Brother David shakes a tambourine while a lady named Grace plays the harpsichord, and the group breaks into an old gospel tune. It is a blustery cold winter evening in the Holy Land. But some two dozen men, women and children from all over the world have gathered […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Author argues for keeping science and religion apart

c. 1999 Religion News Service CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ In recent years, a spate of books, news reports and academic papers has appeared maintaining that science and religion, after centuries of conflict, finally seem to be coming together. But there is at least one respected voice saying that not only was this conflict false, but that […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Episcopal leader invites critics to America to talk with gays (RNS) Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold of the Episcopal Church has invited eight overseas Anglican leaders who have criticized his church’s stance on homosexuals as too liberal to visit the United States and talk with gays and bishops who support them. […]

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COMMENTARY: What would Jesus do about Easter?

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is publisher of Religion News Service.) UNDATED _ Ever since I was a little girl I have loved everything about Easter. I don’t mean the chocolate bunnies and the marshmallow eggs. I mean the church celebration of Easter. It always seems wonderfully extravagant to spend so much […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service An ill Farrakhan takes four-month leave from Nation of Islam (RNS) Controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has taken a four-month sabbatical to recover from prostate cancer treatment compounded by the flu and anemia, his personal physician said Friday (March 19). Speaking at a Chicago news conference, Dr. Abdul […]

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COMMENTARY: God’s new story

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a pastor, writer and software developer living in Winston-Salem, N.C.) UNDATED _ This flight from Newark to Rome is full and the passengers restless. Rome is merely eight hours away. I anticipate a hot meal and a feature film. What I don’t expect is sleep in this […]

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NEWS STORY: Canada’s religious newspapers under government scrutiny

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Four major Canadian Catholic newspapers say their future is in jeopardy after the federal government told them this week they no longer deserve a postal subsidy because they fail to meet Canadian-content regulations. The National Catholic Register, with a circulation of 20,000; the British Columbia Catholic, with a […]

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