NEWS FEATURE: With Faith and Trepidation, Ex-Soviet Jews Pursue Late-Life Circumcision

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In June, two months shy of his 59th birthday, Valeriy Kozlov did the unthinkable: He went under the knife for religious reasons. Kozlov, a Belarus native, followed the example of his friend Leonid Marder, a Russian emigre who was circumcised at age 66. Both resettled in Reisterstown, Md., a […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service World Health Organization: Rites Needed to Grieve Tsunami Victims (RNS) The World Health Organization said dead bodies from the South Asia tsunami do not present a major health risk, and families should be allowed to proceed with religious burial rites instead of having to endure mass cremations and graves. The […]

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COMMENTARY: A New Year’s Resolution for Pundits

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In discussing news coverage of religion in 2004, a modified version of Winston Churchill’s famous words applies: Never in the history of reporting on religion has so large and consistent a distortion been imposed on so many by so few. Most religion writers are as seasoned to the human […]

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COMMENTARY: Push for Israeli Divestment Is Always Wrong

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted last July to “initiate a process of phased selective divestment in multinational corporations doing business in Israel.” Criticism of divestment came quickly from many Presbyterians including clergy and laypeople, progressives and conservatives. At a recent New York City interreligious conference […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Sex Abuse Training Program Raises Eyebrows

c. 2004 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ On a recent Wednesday evening at St. Anselm’s School in Brooklyn, more than 60 church volunteers, teachers and coaches sat quietly watching a video in a basement meeting room. Subway trains passed beneath the building, periodically rumbling the floor. Suddenly, the room let out a collective gasp. […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Israel, Palestinians Launch Joint Tourism Push for Pilgrims JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel and the Palestinian Authority plan to jointly market their region as a pilgrimage destination, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism announced Sunday (Dec. 26). Israeli Tourism Ministry Director General Eli Cohen and his Palestinian counterpart, Dr. Bajis Ismail, agreed on the […]

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COMMENTARY: Conscientious Consumers Can Drive Manufacturing Market

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Tom Beaudoin is assistant professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University in California and the author of “Consuming Faith: Integrating Who We Are With What We Buy.”) (UNDATED) You won’t see this fact touted in any clothing ads, but more of us will soon be wearing Mexican jeans. Yet […]

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NEWS STORY: New Catholic Catechism Hopes to Reach Adults

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Catholic Church in the United States is on the way to having its first national catechism since the old Baltimore Catechism that children memorized for 80 years. But this new one is aimed at adults _ specifically young adults who have left the church or are on the […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Faiths Offer Prayers for Victims of South Asian Earthquake, Floods WASHINGTON (RNS) As relief organizations collect aid for the South Asian victims devastated by Sunday’s (Dec. 26) earthquake and tidal waves, religious groups are holding services for families in the United States who have lost relatives in the disaster. The […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Faiths Offer Prayers for Victims of South Asian Earthquake, Floods WASHINGTON (RNS) As relief organizations collect aid for the South Asian victims devastated by Sunday’s (Dec. 26) earthquake and tidal waves, religious groups are holding services for families in the United States who have lost relatives in the disaster. The […]

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