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c. 1999 Religion News Service Update: New Indonesian Christian-Muslim strife leaves hundreds dead (RNS) More than 300 people have died in clashes this week between Indonesian Christians and Muslims In North Maluku province, some 250 people have been killed in violence that began Sunday (Dec. 26), a military spokesman said. The fighting on the island […]

MILLENNIUM FEATURE: A millennial balance sheet on Christianity

c. 1999 by MSNBC.com on the Internet, where it originally appeared, and is reprinted with permission.) UNDATED _ From the handful of followers who first heard the teachings of Jesus to the 2.2 billion members of various denominations alive today, Christians were to be a force to heal and transform the world. And after 2,000 […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service China maintains pressure on Falun Gong following sentencing of four (RNS) Beijing police detained several dozen members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement Monday (Dec. 27), one day after four key organizers were given prison sentences of up to 18 years in prison. In Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, five Falun […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Poll: Israeli Jews know little about Christianity _ or Christmas (RNS) Israeli Jews generally have positive attitudes toward Christians but have little knowledge of Christianity, including what day most Christians celebrate Christmas, according to a new poll. Released as a flood of Christian pilgrims arrives in Israel to mark the […]

COMMENTARY: Could Christians be mistaken?

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is publisher of Religion News Service.) UNDATED _ What if we got it wrong? What if da Vinci and Mozart and Michelangelo were all mistaken? What if Christ never came to earth to inspire cathedrals or cantatas or crusades? Think what the last 2,000 years might have […]

HOLIDAY FEATURE”Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Miracle? Myth? Or is there a scientific explanation for the Star of Bethlehem? For centuries, astronomers have been trying to interpret the biblical account attributed to the Apostle Matthew, searching for clues that might reveal the Christmas star as a natural phenomenon. Was the “star” a comet, a […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Vermont Supreme Court rules in favor of gay couple benefits (RNS) The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Monday (Dec. 20) that gay couples are entitled to the same benefits and protections that the state provides heterosexual married couples. The court said it is up to the state’s legislature to determine whether […]

NEWS FEATURE: Jain restaurant wins kosher label

c. 1999 Religion News Service VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ At first glance, Mahendra Shah, a follower of the Jain religion and owner of the Surat Sweet Restaurant here, and Orthodox Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum, an inspector for British Columbia Kosher, may seem like something of a spiritual odd couple. But they have something in common _ […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Controversial painting of Virgin Mary sabotaged at Brooklyn museum (RNS) A controversial painting of the Virgin Mary was smeared with white paint Thursday (Dec. 16) by a visitor to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Dennis Heiner, 72, was arrested immediately after allegedly committing the act of sabotage on the painting, […]

NEWS FEATURE: `Flamingoed’ for mission

c. 1999 Religion News Service STUART, Fla. _ Three men sliced through the darkness in a white Ford pickup truck with their secret cargo. They carried flashlights and a slip of pink paper with their destination scrawled on the back. All over the age of 30, they approached their mission with the enthusiasm of boys […]