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c. 2005 Religion News Service Ailing Pope Watches Holy Thursday Masses on Television VATICAN CITY (RNS) Unable to preside over the Vatican’s Holy Thursday (March 24) Masses himself, an ailing Pope John Paul II watched them on television and sent written messages saying he was “spiritually” present. The 84-year-old Roman Catholic pontiff, who was hospitalized […]

NEWS FEATURE: Orthodox Jews Create Music and Comedy by Women, for Women

c. 2005 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ “Welcome to Glatt Kosher Airways,” says the tall, dark-haired female comedian, standing in a corner of an intimate Jerusalem cafe. “Our pilot and co-pilot will be taking time to pray Mincha and Ma’ariv,” the afternoon and evening prayers. “You’re asked to pray with extra devotion at this time […]

COMMENTARY: Big Answers to the Big Questions of Our Time

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Irving “Yitz” Greenberg is one of America’s most prominent religious thinkers. His recently published book, “For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity,” represents the mature culmination of more than 40 years of intense grappling with the big theological questions of our generation: […]

NEWS STORY: Middle Ground Elusive on Gun-Control Issue

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In the wake of another spate of gun mayhem _ this time in Red Lake, Minn., just nine days after a church shooting in Brookfield, Wis. _ the question resurfaces: Why can’t a gun-control compromise be found to prevent such incidents? The answer is complex, both politically and […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service California Bishop Apologizes for Denying Funeral to Gay Man (RNS) Gay rights groups thanked the Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego for his apology to the family of a gay man who was barred from having a Catholic funeral because he owned two gay nightclubs. Bishop Robert Brom said he […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Cardinal Urges Catholics to Boycott “The Da Vinci Code” VATICAN CITY (RNS) Denouncing “The Da Vinci Code” as a “castle of lies” that play on anti-Catholic sentiment, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone of Genoa has urged Catholics to boycott the best-selling thriller about the life of Jesus. “Don’t read it and don’t […]

COMMENTARY: Helping Others Is What It’s All About

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Goodwill Industries, it turns out, will be happy to accept the free-standing basketball goal that my son no longer needs. Three of us _ neighbor, son and self _ load it into a pickup truck and carry it to Goodwill. This is what “help” is about. Something I cannot […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Cancels General Audience Amid Rising Fears for His Health VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope John Paul II has canceled his weekly general audience scheduled for Wednesday (March 23) amid rising fears that his health, undermined by severe breathing problems and the progress of Parkinson’s disease, is not improving as expected. […]