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c. 2004 Religion News Service Pope Names Cardinal Law to Post in Rome VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope John Paul II has named Cardinal Bernard Law, the controversial former archbishop of Boston, to the ceremonial post of archpriest of the Rome Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Vatican said Thursday (May 27). Law, 72, has been […]

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NEWS STORY: Bishops Moderate Stance on Communion, Politics

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) One week after a Colorado bishop shocked Catholics by saying it was a sin to vote for abortion-rights politicians, other prominent bishops have urged caution in denying Communion through more moderate statements. While not wavering in their opposition to abortion, leading bishops have indicated that dissenting lay Catholics should […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Transhumanism Takes Technology to the Level of Faith

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Humanity is on its way out. Post-humanity _ technologically enhanced and perhaps even immortal _ is coming. The stuff of science fiction? No, it’s creed to transhumanists, a diverse group of technological optimists who advocate the transformation of homo sapiens into a new species, one “better than human.” Transhumanists […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Jimmy Carter _ Still the World’s Most Famous Sunday School Teacher

c. 2004 Religion News Service PLAINS, Ga. _ A little more than 100 miles and several light-years southwest of Atlanta lies a bucolic hamlet surrounded by pine trees, pecan groves and peanut farms. A short row of turn-of-the-century buildings, including an antiques store, trading post and modern post office, form the downtown. Across the silent […]

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NEWS DIGEST: Religion in Canada

c. 2004 Religion News Service Faith to Cause Most Tension, Poll Shows MONTREAL (RNS) For the first time in years, religion has surpassed language as the expected cause of social strife in the coming years, according to a poll conducted for the Association for Canadian Studies. The poll, conducted by Environics between March 29 and […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Study: Vast Majority of Teens Believe Prayers Are Answered (RNS) The vast majority of U.S. teenagers who pray believe their prayers are answered, a new study by the American Bible Society has found. Ninety-one percent of teens said they believe their prayers are answered, the New York-based society said. But […]

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NEWS STORY: Review Board Members Say Catholic Bishops Stalling on Abuse

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Attempts by some Catholic bishops to delay a second round of oversight audits on sexual abuse runs the risk of returning the church to a dangerous era of “business as usual,” the head of a lay review board said. Justice Anne M. Burke, chairman of the church’s appointed […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Survey: Percentage of `Unchurched’ Adults Up Sharply Since 1991 (RNS) The portion of adults who generally do not attend church has risen sharply in the last 13 years, a Barna Group study shows. The percentage of Americans who are “unchurched” grew from 21 percent in 1991 to 34 percent in […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Experts: U.S. Marriage Model is not Universal Norm

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As the debate over same-sex unions rages, particularly in Oregon and Massachusetts, some central questions about the meaning and manner of marriage swirl through the air like a thrown handful of rice. Here’s what anthropologists, sociologists, legal scholars, historians and religious leaders have to say. Q: Is there a […]

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NEWS STORY: For Some Justices of Peace, Conflict in Carrying Out Gay Weddings

c. 2004 Religion News Service FRANKLIN, Mass. _ Gay couples are set to walk down the aisle in Massachusetts on Monday (May 17), when a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect. And that creates a quandary for people like John Vozzella. Vozzella is a justice of the peace who took an oath to uphold […]

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