RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Falwell Upgraded to `Serious’ Condition, Gets Prayers From Jesse Jackson (RNS) The Rev. Jerry Falwell’s condition was upgraded to “serious” Wednesday (March 30) as President Bush extended his best wishes and the Rev. Jesse Jackson offered his prayers with a touch of humor. Jackson, Falwell’s frequent sparring opponent on television, […]

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COMMENTARY: The Ultimate Lesson in the Schiavo Case

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Nobody’s perfect, and nobody knows what he’d do under certain circumstances until he’s actually in those circumstances. Which is why it’s hard to fault Terri Schiavo’s husband or her parents and siblings, all of whom have insisted that they wanted only what was best for her. True, Michael Schiavo […]

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NEWS STORY: Hymns Make a Comeback With Top Artists Seeking `Our Theology in Song’

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) One of the oldest Christian music expressions may again become one of the hottest _ if the term “hot” can be applied to hymns. In the coming months, several top Christian artists will release their own unique versions of classic hymns. Folk rockers Jars of Clay and Ashley Cleveland, […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope Put on Nasal Feeding Tube, Could Need Schiavo-like Tube Later

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II on Wednesday (March 30) had a plastic feeding tube inserted into his nose, down the back of his throat and through his esophagus to carry nourishment directly to his stomach. The Vatican announced the measure about two hours after the 84-year-old Roman Catholic […]

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COMMENTARY: A Clip-and-Save Living Will to Keep Religious Extremists and Others Away

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Let’s face it. You won’t prepare a living will on your own. You’re a busy person and mortality is totally depressing. So as a public service, here is a generic living will to personalize and clip out. I can’t promise it will hold up in court if Congress passes […]

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COMMENTARY: To Avoid Family Anguish Later, Prepare Advance Directive Now

c. 2005 Beliefnet (UNDATED) Dying, like old age, is not for sissies. Neither is it for the unprepared. Accidents, serious illness, or sudden injury can and do strike without warning, bringing people of all ages to the edge of death every day. As the controversial case of whether Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman, […]

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COMMENTARY: Spirit of Slain Archbishop Lives on in Salvadoran People

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) There is a simple gesture a priest performs at the beginning of every Mass: He kisses the altar. I’ve been a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years and I’ve celebrated thousands of Masses. Reverencing the altar with a kiss is something I do automatically. I seldom think of it. […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Cardinal Says Ailing Pope Should Not Be `Counted Out’ Just Yet (RNS) A leading American cardinal says Pope John Paul II should not be “counted out” despite his visibly declining health that forced him to miss Easter services for the first time in his 26-year papacy. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of […]

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COMMENTARY: To Defeat Islamist Jihad, Promote the American Ideal of Individual Freedom

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Recently I answered a series of written questions from a high schooler about the Sept. 11 attacks, the Sept. 11 commission and terrorism in general. The questions were remarkable for the research that produced them and for their sheer volume; the kid had a lot of questions. Most striking, […]

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COMMENTARY: Weak Leadership All Around Us

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Consider this small incident as a lens for looking at leadership: We are driving to Easter worship. The car chugs and dies. I pull off the road. My wife and I assess the situation. Could be fuel supply. We agree that I will walk home to get another car […]

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