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c. 2004 Religion News Service IRS Denies It Told Churches Not to Pray for Bush’s Re-election WASHINGTON (RNS) A Virginia pastor who prayed that God would re-elect President Bush says the Internal Revenue Service threatened him with charges of improper “electioneering,” but the IRS maintains it has made no decision in the case. The controversy […]

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ESSAY: Autumn Teaches Natural Lessons to Those With Spiritual Eyes

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Harlem Renaissance poet Esther Popel wants to stand before death proud and naked, unashamed and uncaring, asking in her poem “October Prayer,” “Oh God, make me an autumn tree if I must die.” The Rev. William Surber of Uhrichsville Moravian Church needs only to take a walk outside in […]

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NEWS STORY: Constitution Signing a Setback for Pope, European Christianity

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ European Union leaders, who gathered in Rome Friday (Oct. 29) to sign their new constitution, handed Pope John Paul II a rebuff in his effort to secure an acknowledgment of Christianity in the historic document. The Roman Catholic pontiff has often voiced concern about Europe’s increasingly secular […]

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NEWS STORY: Campaigns Target Hispanics With Faith-Based Messages

c. 2004 Religion & Ethics Newsweekly DEMING, N.M. _ Republicans and Democrats alike are using faith-based appeals in an effort to attract the rapidly growing but largely untapped Hispanic population, according to activists and academics. “There’s a line in the `Our Father,’ you know: `Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,”’ […]

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NEWS STORY: Christian Coalition Voter Guides Designed to Mobilize Evangelical Vote

c. 2004 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA _ Though not the political force it was in the 1990s, the Christian Coalition and its 30 million voter guides are likely to inspire conservative evangelicals to get to the polls Tuesday, political analysts say. In battleground states such as Pennsylvania, which President Bush narrowly lost in 2000, the […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Mideast Muslims Offer Prayers for Arafat’s Health JERUSALEM (RNS) An official at the Wakf Islamic Trust at the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, said Thursday (Oct. 28) that large numbers of Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian territories are taking it upon themselves to pray for the health of Palestinian […]

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COMMENTARY: Politicians Obliterate This Commandment

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) Supposedly secular America has had no lack of moral advice and no small appetite […]

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NEWS STORY: Constitution Signing a Setback for Pope, European Christianity

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ When European Union leaders gather in Rome to sign their new constitution Friday, they will rebuff Pope John Paul II and his effort to acknowledge Christianity in the historic document. The Roman Catholic pontiff has often voiced concern about Europe’s increasingly secular society. In the signing of […]

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In World Series Win, Some Players and Fans See the Hand of a Higher Power

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Ecstatic with their first World Series championship in 86 years, fans of the never-say-die Boston Red Sox are preparing to enshrine this team’s players as bigger-than-life legends who overcame the infamous Curse of the Bambino. But as the Fenway faithful gear up to pay them homage, the heroes of […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Grieving Families Try to End Mideast Cycle of Violence

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Robi Damelin remembers intense discussions she had with her son, David, when he was called up to duty again in the Israeli Army and assigned to serve in the occupied territories. As a peace activist, David, then 28, faced a crisis. If he went to serve, he believed […]

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