NEWS STORY: Pope Breathing and Eating Well After Surgery, but Won’t Speak for Days

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II is breathing and eating well after surgery on his windpipe, but doctors have told him not to speak for several days, the Vatican said Friday (Feb. 25). Despite a second trip to the hospital in less than a month that had Catholics worrying […]

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NEWS STORY: Seminary Leader: No Regrets About Presiding at Daughter’s Same-Sex Wedding

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When the Rev. Norman J. Kansfield learned his daughter was planning to marry her female partner, he wanted to preside at the wedding, even if it cost him his job. Kansfield said he knew his decision would create a stir and might hurt the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in […]

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COMMENTARY: Assisted Suicide Case Isn’t a States’ Rights Issue

c. 2005 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ Is Uncle Sam beating up on poor Oregon? It makes for such a rip-snorting good story, full of bad faith and hypocrisy. The sovereign state of Oregon approves doctor-assisted suicide. Then the self-proclaimed champions of states’ rights in the Bush administration, led by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Falwell Fighting Pneumonia in Virginia Hospital (RNS) The Rev. Jerry Falwell, fighting pneumonia in a Virginia hospital, expects to be released the week of Feb. 27, his son said. “He developed a case of pneumonia through the week,” said Jonathan Falwell, executive pastor of his father’s Thomas Road Baptist Church, […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: In Anglican Report, There’s Something for Everyone, Once Again

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Almost more than any other Christian group, Anglicans are notoriously _ and proudly _ hard to pin down. They are not fully Protestant yet not quite Catholic; hierarchical yet independent; scripturally literate but not literal; equal parts New York and Nairobi. So, too, was the response on Thursday (Feb. […]

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COMMENTARY: What This Clash of Civilizations Needs is a Muslim Pocahantas

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the Disney film “Pocahontas,” the Native American princess falls in love with John Smith, and their love helps avert needless bloodshed between the Jamestown settlers and Pocahontas’ tribe. While the Disney version varies a bit from the real story, its message is noble nonetheless: If we take a […]

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NEWS STORY: Anglicans Sanction Episcopalians Over Gay Bishop, Gay Unions

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In an ongoing rift over homosexuality, the Episcopal Church and its Canadian counterpart were asked Thursday (Feb. 24) to “voluntarily withdraw” from a global panel that helps set policy for the worldwide Anglican Communion. The admonition from the primates, or senior bishops, of the 38 national branches of the […]

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COMMENTARY: Should the Pope or His Aides and Observers Retire?

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pope John Paul II’s return to the hospital has set off all the alarms in the firehouse of speculation about how he really is, who might succeed him and, of course, whether he should resign from his office. Can a good case be made that Pope John Paul II, […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope Has Tracheotomy After Relapse of Flu

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Doctors performed a successful tracheotomy on Pope John Paul II Thursday to help the ailing pontiff recover from breathing problems related to a relapse of the flu, the Vatican said. A tracheotomy is an urgent procedure in which a hole is made in the throat and a […]

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COMMENTARY: Call for Divesting From Israel Misguided at Best

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Remember “Thelma and Louise,” the 1991 film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis? In the movie’s final scene, the two women commit suicide by driving their car over a cliff. In a case of life imitating art, leaders of several mainline Protestant churches and the Geneva-based World Council of […]

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