NEWS STORY: Catholics Prepare for Changes in Communion Ritual

c. 2003 Religion News Service CLEVELAND Raising their hands at the Lord’s Prayer. Losing the handshake and embracing the person in the next seat at the sign of peace. In an extra act of reverence, bowing before receiving the Communion host. And undoing a lifetime of tradition by not kneeling in prayer after Communion. Instead, […]

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NEWS STORY: Religious Comfort in a Time of War _ Online and Off

c. 2003 Religion News Servic (UNDATED) At an online “prayer chapel” of the United Church of Christ, military relatives are sharing prayer requests for the safe return of their loved ones. The Jewish Federation of Rockland County, N.Y., has started “Operation Matzo Meals” to send care packages to Jewish troops who may celebrate Passover in […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Service Bishops’ Labor Day Statement Appeals for Migrant Workers WASHINGTON (RNS) The annual Labor Day statement by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops appeals for fair treatment for migrant farm workers who “still have a claim on our conscience.” Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, chairman of the bishops’ domestic policy committee, said […]

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NEWS STORY: Seventh-day Adventists Report Increase of Close to 1 Million Members

c. 2003 Religion News Service SILVER SPRING, Md. _ The Seventh-day Adventist Church has grown to a total of 13.3 million baptized members worldwide, an increase of almost a million in the last year. The statistics, as of Oct. 10, were reported at the church’s Annual Council of the General Conference Committee, which concluded here […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Ten Commandments Symbolize the Sacred for Evangelicals

c. 2003 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ To Alabama’s dominant evangelical Christian population, the Ten Commandments stand as a powerful symbol of the sacred, not a quaint myth about the origins of law. “Evangelical Christians, particularly here in Alabama, have a strong conviction that it’s part of biblically inspired Scripture,” said Don Hawkins, president […]

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COMMENTARY: Near-Future of Catholicism in America Is a Close Call

c. 2003 Religion News Service (David Gibson, former religion writer for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., is author of “The Coming Catholic Church” (HarperSanFrancisco), to be published June 30.) (UNDATED) More than a year after the Catholic hierarchy gathered in Dallas to try to head off the galloping clergy sexual abuse scandal, and in the […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Serevice Presbyterians Tweak Late-Term Abortion Policy DENVER (RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) revised its position on late-term abortions Thursday (May 29) to say a fetus should not be aborted to save the life of the mother if it could survive outside the womb. Delegates to the church’s annual General Assembly meeting […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Baptist Pastor Counsels Would-Be Spouses in New Book

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Peggy McMickle came home on the subway from working all day in downtown Manhattan to prepare dinner. Her husband, Marvin, a graduate student, was relaxing on the couch watching Walter Cronkite and the nightly news. At the end of the show, he walked into their small kitchen and told […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Public Radio Program Lets Believers Speak Their Faith At Length

c. 2003 Religion News (UNDATED) Krista Tippett has spent time in journalistic, diplomatic and theological circles. But it was her time on a lakefront, wooded property taking oral histories of people involved in the 20th century movement for church unity that led her to start a radio program called “Speaking of Faith.” The hourlong show, […]

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NEWS FEATURE: A Book of Nun Fun: Sisters Share Tales of What School Kids Say

c. 2003 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ The sermon went on and on, and a little boy in the front row started talking during Mass. Sister Adelle told the child sitting next to her to go up and tell him to keep quiet. The boy dutifully walked up to the front, then past the boy […]

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