NEWS STORY: American Muslims urge Disney boycott over Jerusalem exhibit

c. 1999 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Walt Disney Co. is getting a firsthand lesson in just how small the world has become, thanks to a controversial Jerusalem exhibit at Disney World’s Epcot park that has brought the bitterness of Middle East politics to Orlando, Fla. American-Muslim groups have called for a boycott of […]

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NEWS STORY: Greek Orthodox church installs new archbishop

c. 1999 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Demetrios of Vresthena formally assumed the position of archbishop of the nation’s largest Orthodox Christian denomination Saturday (Sept. 18), calling for a new era of unity in a church recovering from years of controversy and bitter infighting. Demetrios became”evangelical shepherd”and”spiritual father”of the 1.5-million Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Chinese paper calls for eradication of Falun Gong movement (RNS) An official Chinese newspaper Friday (Sept. 10) said the banned Falun Gong religious meditation group should be eliminated entirely before it creates an underground structure. A commentary in the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper, called for the […]

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NEWS STORY: U.S. criticism of China on religious freedom could impact Clinton-Jiang meet

c. 1999 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ A State Department report Thursday (Sept. 9) criticized China for its”government intolerance”of free religious expression, just days before President Clinton is expected to meet with China’s president at an Asia-Pacific summit in New Zealand. The criticism came in the department’s first annual international religious freedom report, a 1,100-page […]

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NEWS FEATURE: New Orleans priestess bringing voodoo to Russia

c. 1999 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ At the close of 1998, a mermaid appeared in a dream of Miriam Chamani, the priestess of the Voodoo Spiritual Temple here. The mermaid told the priestess to be prepared for a long journey.”She said she would return,”Chamani said.”And she did, in early 1999.” In the next […]

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NEWS FEATURE: The Crimean Karaites: Portrait of a sect on edge of extinction

c. 1999 Religion News Service YEVPATORIA, Ukraine _ Galina Sultan Pendill, an interpreter from Washington D.C., is going to extraordinary lengths to get in touch with her roots. She purchased a $6,500 apartment in this dusty Crimean resort, her father’s hometown, and plans to spend a part of each summer here. But then, Pendill has […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Church groups express concern over East Timor violence (RNS) As violence increased in East Timor, Christian groups expressed their concern Friday (Sept. 3) and urged the international community to take steps to end the bloodshed. The violence _ blamed largely on anti-independence militias said to be supported by elements of […]

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NEWS STORY: Los Angeles clergy rally in `David vs. Goliath’ labor fight

c. 1999 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Borrowing the underdog image of the biblical David, Los Angeles clergy have thrown in with union leaders and workers against the University of Southern California _ the”Goliath”clerics accuse of”a raw exercise of power”against university food and housing workers. On Tuesday (Aug. 31) more than 120 Los Angeles […]

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