NEWS FEATURE: Evangelical Women Address Depression With Vulnerability

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like her father, evangelist Billy, Ruth Graham knows how to deliver an uplifting message. After speaking to large crowds at Christian women’s conferences, lines form to the youngest daughter of the most famous preacher in American history. Many come to discuss a subject previously taboo in evangelical Christian circles, […]

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NEWS STORY: Campaigns Reach Out to Catholics, Especially in Battleground States

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a final push to reach undecided voters, both parties are wooing Roman Catholics in battleground states, but critics say aggressive tactics have crossed a sacred line. Republicans have enlisted 53,000 “Catholic team leaders” as political emissaries to Catholic “friends, families and congregants,” said Tara Hall, a spokeswoman for […]

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NEWS STORY: Kerry Not Catholic Enough for Some Fellow Catholics

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The last time a Catholic was a contender for commander in chief, minimum wage was $1 an hour, Elvis was on top of the pop charts and Barbie was brand new. Before John F. Kennedy, the last such presidential contender was Alfred E. Smith in 1928, who was soundly […]

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NEWS STORY: Faith-Based Bloggers Tackle the Election, Political Issues

c. 2004 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA _ Equal parts soapbox, confessional and church social, the blogs of religious folk are not easily categorized. On Monday, someone may post a lengthy exegesis of a favorite Bible passage, on Tuesday a screed against Democrats and on Wednesday, a picture of his cat. Blogs, or “Web logs,” resemble […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service At Request of Jewish Group, Target Pulls Kabbalah `Red String’ (RNS) Target has stopped selling bracelets made popular by pop icon Madonna and other celebrities after a Jewish group said the item commercialized a sacred religious tradition. The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP), a Florida-based advocacy group for Jews […]

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NEWS STORY: Jews, Presbyterians Meet Over Israeli Policy Divide

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A high-level summit between Jewish and Presbyterian leaders on Tuesday (Sept. 28) covered little new ground in an ongoing dispute over Middle East policy, but both sides promised to stay in close contact as the church considers selectively divesting from Israel. Relations between the two faiths soured in July […]

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COMMENTARY: Campaign Needs More Faith-Based Listening

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) Partisan fervor is strong. How strong is hard to say. Candidates’ advertisements aren’t a good measure. Neither are news headlines. E-mail pass-arounds are […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Catholic Abortion-Rights Groups Asks IRS to Censure Other Catholic Groups WASHINGTON (RNS) A Catholic group that supports abortion rights has asked the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of two groups that suggest it is impossible for Catholic voters to support Sen. John Kerry. Catholics for a Free […]

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NEWS FEATURE: In New Movie, Bishop Jakes Puts Camera on Child Abuse

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ On the make-believe screen of the movie theater, Bishop T.D. Jakes spends time in a prison cell, visiting a woman torn by the vestiges of child sexual abuse. In real life, the Dallas megachurch pastor would like to see more Christian leaders pay attention to the scourge of […]

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NEWS STORY: Former Bishop Won’t Be Tried on Child Rape Charges

c. 2004 Religion News Service SPRINGFIELD, Mass. _ The former Catholic bishop of Springfield will escape state criminal prosecution after becoming the highest-ranking U.S. cleric indicted on child sexual abuse charges. But there is still a possibility Thomas L. Dupre could face federal prosecution on charges of transporting two boys across state lines for sex […]

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