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c. 2004 Religion News Service Supreme Court Allows Military Institute Prayer Ruling to Stand WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to consider an appeal of a lower court ruling that mealtime prayers at Virginia Military Institute are unconstitutional, drawing praise and criticism from opposing sides of the church-state debate. Justice Antonin Scalia […]

NEWS STORY: Arab-Americans Hold Politicians’ Attention

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Not so long ago, Awni Abu-Hadba felt invisible. The Palestine-born jeweler, who moved to Paterson, N.J., as a young man in 1971, remembers asking the city’s mayor for a favor. He will never forget the mayor’s response: “Your community doesn’t vote, so why should I help?” Today Abu-Hadba is […]

NEWS STORY: Religious Supporters of Women’s Rights Pray Before Marching

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Standing at a worship service shortly before the official start of the March for Women’s Lives, pastry cook Theresa Helfrey held two signs stapled together, one declaring the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s call for justice and another supporting NARAL, a prominent abortion rights organization. She said the juxtaposition of […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Christian Leaders Say Bush Environmental Policy is Immoral (RNS) One hundred Christian leaders told President Bush in a pointed Earth Day rebuke on Thursday (April 22) that they have “grave moral concern” about his clean air policy. The letter, coordinated by the National Council of Churches, accused Bush of weakening […]

COMMENTARY: What’s a Missionary to Do? Fixing Lives One Child at a Time

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Dr. Gary Roark is an anesthesiologist and director of clinical services at the Beit Trust CURE Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, a teaching hospital for disabled children. He, his wife, Karina, and two children Erica, 14, and Daniel, 10, were sent to Malawi by CURE International. (http://www.cureinternational.org)) BLANTYRE, Malawi _ Blantyre […]

NEWS STORY: Priests Convey Concerns to Archbishop

c. 2004 Religion News Service ATLANTA _ Catholic priests, demoralized by the past two years of the clergy sex abuse scandal, asked a leading archbishop to convey their concerns about priests’ rights to the church hierarchy. Some 240 priests who gathered here for the annual National Federation of Priests’ Councils convention grilled Archbishop Timothy Dolan […]

NEWS STORY: Vatican Issues Guidelines on Communion `Abuses,’ Implies Kerry Unworthy

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ The Vatican’s highest authority on worship and the sacraments, issuing comprehensive new instructions against liturgical abuses, indicated Friday (April 23) that Sen. John Kerry should be refused Communion because he supports abortion rights. Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline […]

NEWS FEATURE: Megachurch Wants to `Grow’ a City

c. 2004 Religion News Service MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio _ Pastor Rainnell Vernon is not just trying to grow a church. He’s also trying to grow a city. Less than four years after the ambitious young pastor was bounced from a Cleveland church for butting heads with more traditional leaders, the lively church he started in […]