NEWS STORY: With Return of Icon, Vatican Looks to Better Catholic-Orthodox Relations

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) With the return by Pope John Paul II of the venerated icon of the Mother of God of Kazan to Moscow, the Vatican can look to improved relations with the Russian Orthodox Church. A papal delegation presented the icon to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexey II on Sunday (Aug. 29) […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Former Christian Coalition Head Accepts Fees From Casino Lobbyists (RNS) Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition and now a Republican strategist, admitted that he accepted $1.23 million in consulting fees tied to Indian-run gambling casinos, The Washington Post reported. Reed, who also serves as Southeast regional chairman […]

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NEWS STORY: Christian Right, Sure of Payoff Should Bush Win, Is Backstage in New York

c. 2004 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ The prime-time speakers lineup at the Republican National Convention doesn’t include Pat Robertson, the Rev. Jerry Falwell or anyone else instantly identifiable with the Christian right. At conventions past, the religious movement’s leaders would have been upset by such a slight, but not this year, they say. […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Second Court Strikes Down `Partial-Birth’ Abortion Ban (RNS) A second federal judge has struck down a law against so-called “partial-birth” abortions as unconstitutional, a ruling that conservatives said was disappointing but predictable. U.S. District Judge Richard Casey called the procedure “gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized,” but said the law signed […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Lessons on the Lake: Boats, Biscuits and the Bible

c. 2004 Religion News Service PELL CITY, Ala. _ As the pontoon boat bobbed back and forth on the ripples of Logan Martin Lake, Sunday school teacher Teresa Harris stood to begin her Bible lesson. First she reached into a picnic basket and began passing out hot sausage biscuits. Teenagers reached into coolers for cans […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Pope Urges Youth to Resist Seduction of Success and Power VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope John Paul II urged young people Thursday (Aug. 26) to resist the temptation of New Age idolatry and reject the “facile myths of wealth and power.” The 84-year-old Roman Catholic pontiff addressed young people in a […]

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NEWS STORY: Friend to Mennonites Fleeing Soviet Oppression Dies at 87

c. 2004 Religion News Service SCOTTDALE, Pa. _ Elfrieda Dyck, a Canadian nurse who helped thousands of Mennonite refugees from Eastern Europe find new homes in South America, died Aug. 20. She was 87. Dyck and her husband, Peter, who survives, served in Europe with Mennonite Central Committee, a North American Mennonite relief and service […]

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COMMENTARY: No Shortage of Catholics Falling Short

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) Last spring, the Monsignor Moron Award was given, as saints were first named, by […]

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COMMENTARY: This German Philosopher `Kant’ Be Forgotten

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) At a recent service in our synagogue, Rabbi Darren Levine spoke about the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and his impact on Jewish religious thought. The sermon set me thinking about a […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Gibson DVD Hits Stores Without the Spring Passion

c. 2004 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Looking back to those highly charged weeks in February and March, Rabbi Marvin Hier would have changed nothing because nothing has changed about his analysis of filmmaker Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which makes its DVD debut Tuesday (Aug. 31). “If you’re asking me if […]

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