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c. 2005 Religion News Service Falwell Readmitted to Hospital With Pneumonia (RNS) The Rev. Jerry Falwell was readmitted to a Virginia hospital Tuesday (March 29) with a recurrence of pneumonia, but his staff spokesman said rumors of a heart attack were “totally false and unfounded.” Falwell, 71, had difficulty breathing Tuesday morning and checked himself […]

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NEWS STORY: World Council of Churches Leader Waits and Works for Change

c. 2005 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Shortly after she arrived here 15 years ago, Bernice Powell Jackson went to a baseball game. But she did not go inside the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium; instead, she stood beside the American Indians who were protesting what they consider the racist logo of Chief Wahoo. On that […]

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NEWS STORY: Nearly 30 Years After War, Persecution of Christian Group Persists in Vietnam

c. 2005 Religion News Service KON TUM, Vietnam _ Once a month, Vietnamese police bang on the door of Nay Thit’s small wooden village house and force him to sign a declaration of happiness. The declaration asserts that Nay Thit has no problems with the government and that he will not try to flee the […]

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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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NEWS FEATURE: N.J. Woman to Blaze Trail as Rabbi of Large Synagogue, Controversy Expected

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A New Jersey synagogue has secured a small place in modern Jewish history, becoming the largest Conservative temple anywhere to hire a female rabbi since the denomination began ordaining women in 1985, a rabbinical organization said. Francine Green Roston will become rabbi of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, […]

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NEWS FEATURE: CSI Jerusalem: Death on an Old Rugged Cross

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) More than 2 billion Christians commemorate the most famous public execution in history Friday (March 25). Most believers choose to reflect on the lessons their faith draws from the death of Jesus Christ. But a very few with a curious bent have for years sought a more clinical enlightenment. […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Easter Hope: Monks in Northern Ireland Pray, Work for Reconciliation

c. 2005 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly ROSTREVOR, Northern Ireland _ In the tranquil foothills of the Mourne Mountains south of Belfast, spring’s signs of new life can be seen at every turn _ signs that can belie the deep-seated bitterness of “the Troubles,” as locals call the sectarian strife that has wracked the six counties […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Progressive Religious Groups to Go on Tour Against Bush Policies (RNS) Progressive religious leaders and lay people will embark next month on a 27-city bus tour to spread a message of what they call “beloved community” in opposition to President Bush’s policies. A coalition of 30 religious organizations said they […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Armageddon Is Bad for the Earth, Good for Publishing

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Tim LaHaye believes it is yet to come. Hank Hanegraaff thinks some of it may have already happened during Christianity’s first century. Their ongoing debate over the proper understanding of the fearsome prophecies in the biblical Book of Revelation is fueling interest in the end times at a moment […]

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COMMENTARY: In Terri’s Eyes, We See Ourselves

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Terri Schiavo is our spring moon, silent and pale, fragile but not barren, circling us as we circle around her bedside. Her eyes hold us even when we want to lower our heads and look away. Do they disturb us because they are glossily vacant, or do they arrest […]

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