NEWS STORY: Thousands of Fearful Christians Flee Iraq

c. 2004 Religion News Service AMMAN, Jordan _ Iraqi Christians flocked to the Latin Catholic church in the Hashmi district of the Jordanian capital, a drab working-class area, where they celebrated Mass in the ancient Chaldean language. On a recent Sunday, some 200 worshippers packed the sanctuary, which is adorned with a simple wooden cross […]

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COMMENTARY: The Melting Pot of South Texas

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.) LEAVING TEXAS _ Somewhere east of Houston, wedged into a tiny regional jet, I think about Texas, the expansive and somewhat mythical Lone Star […]

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NEWS STORY: France Battles Anti-Semitism With School Documentary

c. 2004 Religion News Service PARIS _ In an effort to stem a rising tide of anti-Semitism, France’s government is distributing excerpts of a haunting documentary on the Holocaust to high school classes, hoping the gripping accounts will breed a new spirit of tolerance in public schools. DVDs extracting the documentary “Shoah,” or Holocaust, will […]

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NEWS STORY: Massachusetts Catholics Use Sit-ins to Protest Parish Closings

c. 2004 Religion News Service SUDBURY, Mass. _ In the eyes of the Archdiocese of Boston, St. Anselm Parish no longer exists. But for the dozens of members who sleep, sing and keep watch in the sanctuary, the church is very much alive, and fighting to stay that way. Equipped with tissues, air mattresses and […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Tucson Diocese Declares Bankruptcy (RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, Ariz., filed for bankruptcy protection Monday (Sept. 20), making it the second diocese in U.S. history to take such a step. Like the Portland, Ore., archdiocese, which declared bankruptcy in July, the Arizona diocese sought legal protection after dealing […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Funeral Planned for Anti-Apartheid Activist (RNS) An official funeral with full state recognition is planned Saturday (Sept. 18) for the white anti-apartheid activist Beyers Naude, whom former South African President Nelson Mandela called “a true son of Africa.” That the 89-year-old Naude, who died Sept. 7, would ever receive such […]

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Drive Under Way to Restore Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

c. 2004 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Carolyn McKinstry guided a visitor through the basement of the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and pointed out some glaring cracks in the walls. “The building is a symbol and has its own voice,” McKinstry said. Right now, the voice seems to be asking for help. Church […]

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COMMENTARY: New Book Blames Pope for Sex Abuse Scandal

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) In the just published “Vows of Silence” (The Free Press), two of America’s most […]

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NEWS FEATURE: In New Museum of the American Indian, Spirituality Is the Subtext

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Just as earth tones form an underlying decorative element in the new National Museum of the American Indian, spirituality is an undercurrent within the 254,000-square-foot edifice built on the National Mall. The top level of the imposing building of light brown limestone features a permanent exhibition that highlights […]

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COMMENTARY: The Recurring Relevancy of the Jewish Holy Days

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s Senior Interreligious Adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) “What have the ancient religious holidays got to do with me? It’s all kid stuff.” Every rabbi, minister or priest has heard this question or a close variation of it hundreds of […]

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