COMMENTARY: Fascism, American-style

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist at the University of Chicago National Research Center. Check out his home page at or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at) UNDATED _ There is a whiff of fascism in the air, fascism American-style, fascism that appeals […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Coalition sending booklet promoting gay tolerance to superintendents (RNS) A coalition of medical, educational, mental health and religious organizations plans to send a booklet urging gay tolerance to American public school superintendents. The Just the Facts Coalition announced it would mail the 12-page booklet Tuesday (Nov. 23) to the heads […]

NEWS STORY: Nazareth Muslims dedicate cornerstone for controversial mosque

c. 1999 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ Thousands of Muslims Tuesday (Nov. 23) attended a dedication ceremony for the construction of a controversial new mosque adjacent to Nazareth’s Basilica of the Annunciation, while Christian sites in the Holy Land remained closed for a second day in protest. Top Israeli and Palestinian representatives both stayed away […]

NEWS STORY: Muslim demonstrators urge end to Russian offensive in Chechnya

c. 1999 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ As Russian jets and artillery pieces continued their relentless pounding of his homeland Thursday (Nov. 18), Lyoma Usmanov waged his own rhetorical war in support of Chechnya on a downtown Washington sidewalk, handing out flyers and explaining to passersby his analysis of the latest chapter in his nation’s […]

COMMENTARY: Being there

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) UNDATED _ The Rev. Eugene Rivers, who runs Boston’s acclaimed Ella J. Baker House for troubled youth, tells the now famous […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: An uncertain church council faces an uncertain future

c. 1999 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ As the festive installation service of the Rev. Andrew Young as the 20th president of the National Council of Churches began Thursday evening (Nov. 11), a small but symbolic hitch developed. Several leaders of the 35 member communions on hand at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John […]

NEWS FEATURE: `Celestine Prophecy’ author writes new book on Tibet

c. 1999 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _With 10 million copies of”The Celestine Prophecy”in print and 6 million of its sequel,”The Tenth Insight,”spiritual novelist James Redfield has become a publishing phenomenon. The soft-spoken Birmingham native, who maintains an Alabama home on a lake surrounded by pine trees, sees himself as an interpreter of universal religious […]

NEWS FEATURE: You’ve heard of Joan of Arc, but Nicholas of Flue?

c. 1999 Religion News Service MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. _ A few are famous. Some are little known outside their own times and places. Many would seem known only to God. Some died the gruesome deaths of martyrs. Others slipped away in their sleep. But they’re all saints, and they’ve fascinated the faithful and nonbelievers since […]

Fiona Apple’s Songwriting Shines Through on `Conflicts’

c. 1999 Newhouse News Service (UNDATED) Fiona Apple, “When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts” (Clean Slate/Epic) THREE STARS Amid the clang and clatter of modern rock, hip-hop, metal and their various combinations, some young writers still find strength in the power of the song. Fiona Apple is one of them. She was only 19 when […]