NEWS STORY: Pope faces Hindu hostility on Asian trip

c. 1999 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ An aging Pope John Paul II, embarking on what almost certainly will be his last foreign trip of the millennium, faces strong hostility from Hindu extremists in India and militant Orthodox clergy in the Republic of Georgia. The Roman Catholic pontiff, 79 and ailing, will leave Friday […]

NEWS FEATURE: Jesus Seminar faces an uncertain future

c. 1999 Religion News Service SANTA ROSA, Calif. _ In 1985, an iconoclastic group of Bible scholars with a flair for controversy formed the Jesus Seminar to recover the historical Jesus of Nazareth they said was hidden beneath the layers of mythology attached to him in the 2,000 years since his crucifixion. Breaking the academic […]