COMMENTARY: Developments Old and New Inform Orthodox `Diakonia’

c. 2004 Religion News Service (A longtime ecumenical leader, the Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky is the Orthodox Church in America’s assistant to the chancellor for interchurch relations and ecumenical witness. He is vice chairman of the board of directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities.) (UNDATED) On May 1, when 10 new member countries joined the European […]

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NEWS STORY: Bush Tells Conservative Religious Editors He’s Cultural `Change Agent’

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Bush described himself as a cultural change agent in a group interview with editors and writers of conservative Christian publications. “… The job of a president is to help cultures change,” Bush told the nine writers and executives, according to an edited transcript posted Friday (May 28) […]

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NEWS STORY: Poll: Most Catholics Oppose Bishops’ Political Pressure

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The vast majority of U.S. Catholics want their bishops to stay out of politics, and an even larger number say political pressure from prelates will not affect their vote in November, a poll released Thursday (May 27) shows. The poll by Quinnipiac University of registered voters nationwide offers a […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Actor Stephen Baldwin Now Leading Christian Man

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Before leaving for his 11-year-old daughter Alaia’s ballet recital, actor Stephen Baldwin had to fend off 8-year-old daughter Hailey, who began calling for him as he talked on the telephone with a reporter. “Tell your mother we’re going to leave in nine minutes,” he told Hailey. Soon, Baldwin was […]

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NEWS FEATURE: RNS Religion Calendar

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of religious holidays, events and meetings for June and July. It is updated monthly. June 1-4 International Church of the Foursquare Gospel: annual convention, San Francisco. Contact: Ron Williams at 213-989-4221; e-mail: ron(at)foursquare.org; Web site: http://www.foursquare.org June 2-5 National Black Evangelical Association: 40th anniversary […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Gifts To Nourish The Graduate’s Soul

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) ‘Tis the season for graduation, and while you can’t go wrong with practical gifts like laundry bags and quarters, sometimes you’re looking for something a little more ethereal. Still, shopping for the intangible can be tricky. Here are 10 graduation gift ideas that will nourish the soul. Milk and […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Billy Graham’s Crusades Postponed as Evangelist Recuperates (RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham’s two 2004 crusades have been postponed until the fall to allow the 85-year-old preacher time to recuperate from a fractured pelvis. The event originally scheduled for June 17-20 in Kansas City, Mo., is now planned for Oct. 7-10, the […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Exhibits Explore Faith of `Greatest Generation’

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Two exhibits highlighting faith during World War II are already drawing visitors as veterans and others around the country travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend (May 29-30) for the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. The exhibits are part of “America Celebrates the Greatest Generation,” a […]

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COMMENTARY: If Sorrow Is Invisible, Why Do We See So Much Of It?

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author of “Cardinal Bernardin’s Stations of the Cross,” published by St. Martin’s Press.) (UNDATED) Norman Mailer once observed of a political convention whose atmosphere was heavy with “do-gooder” […]

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COMMENTARY: Book Takes on Charge that Jews were `Christ-Killers’

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) France’s World War I premier, Georges Clemenceau warned, “War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.” Similarly, some religious issues are too serious to be entrusted solely […]

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