Methodists Reverse Decision on Defrocked Lesbian Minister

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A Methodist appeals court on Friday (April 29) reversed a decision in the case of a defrocked lesbian pastor, restoring her clergy credentials because the church has not clearly defined its terms in banning homosexual ministers. In an 8-1 ruling, the nine-member regional appeals court of The United Methodist […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Islamic Satellite Will Impact Moon Sightings, Holiday Observances (RNS) An Islamic satellite is expected to go into orbit by the end of the year to help determine the exact timing of a “new moon” to begin the holy month of Ramadan. Ali Jama, the mufti of Egypt and head of […]

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Report: Ignorance of Bible Stifles Education of American Students

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Was Moses one of Jesus’ 12 apostles? One out of 10 teenagers erroneously thinks so, according to a report that argues lack of biblical knowledge could be a huge educational disadvantage for the nation’s youth. According to the nonprofit Bible Literacy Project, 98 percent of the country’s “best” high […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Colorado Senator, Focus on the Family in Verbal Fight (RNS) A Colorado senator has apologized for comparing Focus on the Family, a prominent conservative Christian ministry in his state, to the Antichrist. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said he still thinks the ministry founded by James Dobson, is involved in un-Christian […]

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NEWS STORY: Priest Shortage Is One of New Pope’s Biggest Challenges

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As Pope Benedict XVI begins his papacy, one of the most troubling issues he faces is a growing priest shortage. In the United States, as the number of priests and nuns has declined steadily since the 1960s, the Roman Catholic population has steadily risen. This has led to more […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Christians Cruise the Road Less Traveled on Two Wheels

c. 2005 Religion News Service CHINO, Calif. _ Alex Saldate looks upset. As he walks over to his friends’ table, he says, “Any of you want to buy a bike?” He says his wife thinks he spends too much time on his motorcycle. “I’m giving it up,” he says. “But I’m not giving up Jesus!” […]

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COMMENTARY: Let’s Keep the Bombs Out of World War II Rhetoric

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Sixty years have passed since the end of World War II in 1945, but in many ways, the war is still with us. In New York City, real estate agents still describe certain desirable apartment buildings as “pre-war.” Everyone immediately knows which “war” they mean. Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest […]

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COMMENTARY: The Real Reason the World Is Fascinated by the Pope

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Why was it almost impossible for the world to look away from the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI? The cynic might say that it gave Americans just what they love: power pitted against mortality, in a reality show that was far […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope Benedict Shows New Style, Familiar Content in First General Audience

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Holding the first general audience of his reign in a sun-swept St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday (April 27), Pope Benedict XVI showed a change in style, but not content, from his predecessor, John Paul II. Some 20,000 pilgrims gathered in a festive atmosphere to applaud the white-haired […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Make a Joyful Noise: Professor Links Southern Black, Scottish Singing Styles

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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