c. 1999 Religion News Service Eds: Check RNS StoryPix for a photo to accompany the 2nd item on Catholicos Karekin II. Carter working with Graham to help suffering Iraqis (RNS) Former President Jimmy Carter has sharply criticized the U.S. policy of sanctions against Iraq and said he is working with evangelist Billy Graham to help […]

COMMENTARY: Beautiful women in the Louvre

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at or contact him via e-mail at PARIS _ I suspect that most people go to the Louvre mainly out of […]

COMMENTARY: Remarkable meeting in Lynchburg worthy of praise

c. 1999 Religion News Service (David P. Gushee is director of the Center for Christian Leadership and associate professor of Christian Studies at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.) UNDATED _ A most remarkable encounter occurred recently on the campus of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va. The Oct. 23 meeting was sponsored by the […]

NEWS STORY: Pope condemns those who `wage war in the name of religion’

c. 1999 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Addressing representatives of the world’s faiths at a dramatic twilight ceremony Thursday (Oct. 28) in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II condemned those who”wage war in the name of religion.””Any use of religion to support violence is an abuse of religion,”the Roman Catholic pontiff said.”Religion is […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service House votes to ban doctors from prescriptions leading to suicide (RNS) The House, alarmed by an Oregon law permitting physician-assisted suicide, has passed a bill that would make it a federal crime for doctors to prescribe drugs to help terminally ill patients take their lives. The legislation was approved on […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Tax complaint filed against New Orleans church over political acts (RNS) A national public interest group has filed a tax complaint against a small New Orleans church, asking the Internal Revenue Service to determine whether the church went too far in backing a candidate for governor. Americans United for Separation […]

COMMENTARY: `Our’ flight and `our’ mystery

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Eugene Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author most recently of”My Brother Joseph,”published by St. Martin’s Press.) UNDATED _ The National Transportation Safety Board is our national insurance policy against the terror of the unknown. In […]

NEWS FEATURE: Christian conservatives reconsider Y2K disaster warnings

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ As 1998 drew to a close and the nation suddenly became awash in predictions of possible Year 2000 computer meltdowns, nowhere was the doom and gloom more prevalent than among conservative Christians. Radio and television programs, Web sites and book publishers catering to evangelical and Pentecostal Christians warned […]

NEWS FEATURE: `The witch next door’ has neighbors choosing up sides

c. 1999 Religion News Service ST. HELENS, Ore. _ Some of Kimberly Balog’s neighbors think she’s a real witch, and they’re not wrong. As high priestess of the Circle of Creative Spirit, Balog is a devotee of Wicca, a neo-pagan faith with an estimated 100,000 followers in North America. They call themselves witches _ good […]