NEWS STORY: Pope Hopes for `Leap Forward’ in Catholic-Orthodox Relations

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II welcomed the leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians to the Vatican on Tuesday (June 29) with an appeal for a “leap forward” in relations between the long-divided Catholic and Orthodox churches. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I came to Rome at the pope’s […]

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NEWS STORY: French Reopen Case into Murdered Monks

c. 2004 Religion News Service TIBEHIRINE, Algeria _ The seven French monks lived in a stone farmhouse fringed with pine and apple trees outside this small village, tucked into the soaring hills of northern Algeria. As Islamist violence tore the country apart, they cared for the sick and visited their Algerian neighbors. When the village […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Mayors Create Network for Faith, Government Leaders to Aid Ex-Offenders (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Mayors has approved the creation of a “national re-entry consortium” that will bring government and religious leaders together to help people leaving prison readjust to society. A resolution calling for the consortium was proposed after […]

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COMMENTARY: Where’s George Washington When We Really Need Him?

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C. Visit his Web site at http://www.onajourney.org.) (UNDATED) Happy birthday, America! Where are Washington, Madison and Jefferson when we need them? Where I live, government is paralyzed by bickering among officials. […]

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NEWS STORY: Poll Suggests Muslim Disfavor for Bush Could Swing Election

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ A new poll by a prominent civil rights group suggests that support for President Bush among Muslim voters has eroded so swiftly that Muslim votes for Sen. John Kerry could swing the presidential election in key battleground states. Of the nearly 1,200 Muslim voters surveyed in June by […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service CAIR, NCC Praise Supreme Court Ruling on Detainees WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 28) that “enemy combatants” and foreign nationals detained by the United States must be permitted to challenge their detention in U.S. courts. The rulings in two separate cases were applauded by religious groups […]

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NEWS STORY: Palestinian Pastor Pushes Plight of Holy Land Christians

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Mitri Raheb recalled a lecture he recently gave in Chicago. After the talk, a man asked Raheb why he had converted to Christianity. The Palestinian Lutheran pastor considered the question. “It was like this man thought I had been converted by missionaries from the Midwest,” Raheb, […]

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NEWS FEATURE: For New Junior Miss, Faith Is `Leading Factor’

c. 2004 Religion News Service MOBILE, Ala. _ Some parents have trouble trying to tote young children to church. But young Shannon Essenpreis helped get her family focused on faith. Essenpreis, now 18, said she discovered Christianity at about the time she was a third-grader. “I actually wasn’t raised that way,” the new America’s Junior […]

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COMMENTARY: Shadows on the Wall

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Les Kaye is the abbot of Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center in Mountain View, Calif., and author of “Zen at Work.” He is the founder of Meditation at Work, an awareness training program for businesses.) (UNDATED) If you didn’t know better, you might think that they had collaborated in a […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Work Program Offers New Hope for Struggling Catholic High Schools

c. 2004 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ It’s 8 a.m. and about 120 students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School here are chatting in the school’s cafeteria as they eat breakfast. Lourdes Orozco, a program coordinator at the school reads a few announcements and rattles off a list of students she needs to speak with. […]

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