NEWS FEATURE: Dallas Throws Huge Party for the Homeless

c. 2004 Religion News Service DALLAS _ Operation Christmas Gift 2004, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in this city’s history, brought together churches, businesses and volunteers to throw a huge party for about 8,000 of the city’s homeless and needy. Held Saturday (Dec. 18) at the Dallas Convention Center, the event offered […]

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c. 19). Nearby stood a towering Christmas tree and a larger-than-life-size creche, which will be unveiled on Christmas Eve. “The feast of Christmas, perhaps the most dear to popular tradition, is very rich in symbols tied to different cultures,” the pope said. He called the creche, which portrays the Nativity, “the most important” of them. […]

NEWS STORY: Pope Beatifies German Prelate Who Opposed Nazis

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II on Monday (Dec. 20) approved the beatification of Cardinal Clement August von Galen, a German aristocrat who fought the Nazis so fiercely that he was known as “the lion of Munster.” Von Galen’s was one of 22 “causes” for sainthood that received approval […]

NEWS FEATURE: Christian Leaders Issue Christmas Messages

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Following are excerpts from the annual Christmas messages from various Christian leaders. Some statements have been edited for length. Archbishop Demetrios Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America I greet you on the joyous occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, an event of […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Crystal Cathedral Conductor Kills Himself At Calif. Megachurch (RNS) The Rev. Robert Schuller has expressed how “deeply saddened” he is by the Friday (Dec. 17) suicide of the orchestra’s conductor at the Crystal Cathedral megachurch. Johnnie Carl, 57, killed himself in a bathroom at the Garden Grove, Calif., facility after […]

NEWS FEATURE: `Messiah’ Recordings Available to Suit Every Taste

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Reputedly, when told once what a “grand entertainment” his English oratorio “Messiah” provided people, George Frideric Handel replied, “I should be sorry if I only entertained them _ I wished to make them better.” Another ideal of betterment applies to “Messiah” on recordings. Repeat experiences of this seasonal favorite […]

COMMENTARY: Anti-Defamation League Promotes Holiday Inclusiveness

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) During this holiday season the Anti-Defamation League again has been accused of being the “Grinch” trying to censor Christmas. This charge is unfounded and shows a profound misunderstanding of ADL’s approach to the “December dilemma,” the perennial concern over how public schools and institutions recognize the holiday season. If […]

In Holy Season of Light, Darkness Grips Bethlehem

c. 2004 Religion News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank _ Leading the way into the Bethlehem Peace Center, Hatem Abu Tarboush, a wiry, 30-year-old tourism agent, remarks: “They’re talking about peace. But I don’t think there’s any peace to talk about.” The center, housed in the old British headquarters on Manger Square, is outfitted with brochures […]