NEWS STORY: Reversing Historic Model, Missionary From Global South Evangelizes West

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For centuries, Western missionaries have tried to spread the gospel abroad. The Rev. George Kovoor could be called a reverse missionary, because he is an Indian citizen evangelizing Western countries. His style of mission also reverses traditional mission work. Instead of fiery preaching and mass conversions, Kovoor, 47, shares […]

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Pope Releases New Book, Jewish Groups Protest Holocaust Reference

c. 2005 Religion News Service ROME _ In a new book, Pope John Paul II reflects on the “ideologies of evil” in the forms of Nazism, Communism and abortion and reveals that he believed he was dying when he was rushed to a hospital after an attempt on his life in 1981. The pope also […]

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NEWS FEATURE: College Class on U2 Explores Religious Influence of a Rock Band

c. 2005 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Dwarfed by a giant bank of TV monitors, the rock star Bono gyrates across the arena stage _ a dancing shaman channeling the ecstasy of thousands of U2 fans. “In waves of regret, in waves of joy, I reached for the one I tried to destroy,” […]

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COMMENTARY: God’s Chorus Has Many Diverse Voices

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Standing discreetly in back, I watch the last 20 minutes of my 13-year-old son’s orchestra rehearsal. Here is what I see: I see boys and girls ranging in age from 8 to 16, several different ethnic backgrounds, different schools, different levels of talent and concentration _ all bending their […]

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RNS Religion Research Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Survey Indicates Support for Stem Cell Research (RNS) Three out of four Americans say they support or might be able to support embryonic stem cell research, according to a recent survey. “The issue of stem cell research isn’t going to go away,” said Pam Solo, president of the Civil Society […]

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NEWS STORY: Catholic Bishops Report 1,092 New Abuse Allegations in 2004

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ More than 1,000 people alleged abuse at the hands of 756 Catholic clergy in 2004, the nation’s Catholic bishops said Friday (Feb. 18), a sign that the three-year abuse scandal continues to rock the church. In addition, officials said various dioceses paid $157.8 million for abuse settlements, therapy […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service `Black Contract’ On Moral Values Aims At Wide Swath of Christians WASHINGTON (RNS) An African-American pastor who recently unveiled the “Black Contract With America on Moral Values” said Friday (Feb. 18) that he hopes to collect a million signatures of Christians from a variety of backgrounds by the end of […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Churches Welcome Easing of Violence, Remain Cautious About Middle East Peace

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) U.S. religious leaders are cautiously optimistic about chances for what a Catholic bishop called “a just peace” in the Middle East following the recent summit meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Bishop John H. Ricard said actions taken at the summit to “end […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Professor Traces Gospel Singing Style of African-Americans to Scotland

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When 10 members of the all-black choir at Mount Zion Church in Killen, Ala., flew to Scotland in January on their first overseas trip, they were treated like long-lost family members. “They really, really loved us,” recalled the Rev. Docary Ingram, pastor of the Presbyterian congregation in northwest Alabama’s […]

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COMMENTARY: No Child Left Unethical

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) President Bush is pushing not one but two values agendas. The first, creating a morally self-confident electorate, was evident in his successful re-election campaign. The president presented himself as the candidate most committed to traditional families, faith and personal responsibility. He urged us to vote our values proudly. The […]

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