NEWS STORY: Shadow of Crusades Falls on Pope’s `Brotherly Gesture’ to the Orthodox

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Centuries-old bitterness over the sack of Constantinople during the Crusades has cast a small shadow on a major gesture intended by Pope John Paul II to bring Catholics and Orthodox Christians a step closer to unity. At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday (Nov. […]

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NEWS STORY: Young Christians Blaze Own Trail, Independent of Parents

c. 2004 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ In Christianity, the image of the shepherd leading sheep is a powerful one. For generations, the same could be said of parents leading their children to their religion. But for many young adults, that’s beginning to change _ and not in the way you might expect. To […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Poll: Americans Support Creationism but Are Skeptical on Details (RNS) A Gallup Poll suggests that Americans are divided over how the world was created _ either through evolution or at the hand of God _ but either way they appear skeptical that it happened exactly as described in the book […]

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COMMENTARY: Hanukkah: The Jewish Holiday for All Ages

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Most religious festivals are split into two parts. The first component is intended for children and entails songs, special food, colorful decorations, distinctive games or parties. But a holiday’s second part is for adults and conveys a serious message often far different from the youngsters’ jolly observances. This dichotomy […]

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NEWS STORY: Salvation Army Finds New Homes for Holiday Kettles

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For more than a century, the Salvation Army has been helping the needy during the holidays. But now the red-clad bell ringers are the ones getting some extra help to make sure their familiar kettles and donations of loose change don’t vanish like Santa’s sleigh. On the heels of […]

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COMMENTARY: Is World AIDS Day Something to Celebrate?

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the author of “The Skeptics Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis” and founder of the AIDS Orphan Bracelet Project.) (UNDATED) Dec. 1, 2004 marks the 17th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It hardly seems fitting to say “Happy AIDS Day.” Nor does “merry” come to mind. […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Despite Struggles, Modern-day Pilgrims Find Reasons to be Thankful

c. 2004 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Consider the plight of the original Pilgrims: They came to a new land for religious freedom, and in the first winter alone nearly half of the 102 colonists died from disease and inadequate diets. And still they gave thanks after the first harvest that “by the goodneses of […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Evangelical Scholars Further Explain Support for Biblical Inerrancy (RNS) A group of evangelical scholars has taken the first step to more clearly state its support of biblical inerrancy, the belief that the Bible is without error. Members of the Evangelical Theological Society, who gathered for their annual meeting Nov. 17-19 […]

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NEWS FEATURE: With Faith, Hope and Loans of $100 or Less, Uganda Battles Poverty, AIDS

c. 2004 Religion News Service NTUNGAMO, Uganda Generous Katagira, 26, says she should be thinking about getting married. Most Ugandan women her age have already settled down and started a family. But Katagira is not like most Ugandan women. A university graduate, she manages the office of a Christian microcredit organization, overseeing a portfolio of […]

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COMMENTARY: Those Threatening Boy Scouts Are at It Again, Believing in the Big Guy

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Move over, OBL _ our new national threat comes from the BSA. They’re a strange, religiously oriented group whose stated purposes ought to make your blood run as cold as chilled mercury. We’ve had remarkable success in recent years keeping them from undermining American power, thanks to the U.S. […]

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