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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NEWS ANALYSIS: New Pope Revives Dispute Over AIDS and Condoms

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Even before Pope Benedict XVI was installed as the 265th pope, he was already under pressure from African AIDS activists _ including some in his own church _ to ease up on Catholicism’s strict ban on the use of condoms as a means of combatting AIDS. Catholicism, along with […]

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RELIGION BEST-SELLERS

(Editor’s note: This April list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of March. Copyright 2005 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren. (Zondervan, $19.99) 2. Your Best Life Now, by Joel Osteen. (Warner […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Reform and Conservative Rabbis Say Gays Have Right to Festival in Israel JERUSALEM (RNS) Rabbis representing the Reform, Conservative/Masorti and Reconstructionist movements in Israel announced on April 19 that they support the right of gay and lesbians to hold a controversial festival in Jerusalem in August. Slated to take place […]

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COMMENTARY: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Enough of politicians, preachers and their seductive tango of moralistic rage. It’s time to watch our Triple-A Durham Bulls usher in the promise of summer. Long lines at ticket windows suggest that my son and I aren’t alone in savoring the familiar thwack of bat hitting baseball and fielders […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Jewish Groups Urge Protestant Churches to Reject Israel Sanctions (RNS) A group of seven Jewish organizations is urging five mainline Protestant denominations and the National Council of Churches to reject economic and political sanctions against Israel. The joint letter is in response to last year’s decision by the Presbyterian Church […]

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NEWS STORY: Will New Pope Sacrifice Growth for Clarity?

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ It’s too early to tell in what direction Pope Benedict XVI may lead the church, but one of his long-standing beliefs may actually curtail the growth of Catholicism. Benedict has long aligned philosophically with orthodox Catholics who say they want the church to stress ideological clarity, even […]

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NEWS STORY: Grass-roots Innovation May Help New Pope Reclaim Europe’s Churches

c. 2005 Religion News Service POITIERS, France _ Marie-Cecile Augeai does not consider herself a church hopper, but after years of moving around France, the 47-year-old Roman Catholic is an expert of sorts on local parish life. Since settling in Poitiers last year, Augeai believes she has found her spiritual home _ at Saint-Jean de […]

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NEWS STORY: In Installation Mass, New Pope Looks to Future, Appeals to Youth

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ At a massive Sunday (April 24) Mass marking the formal start of his papal reign, Pope Benedict XVI received a symbolic fisherman’s ring and proclaimed that the Roman Catholic Church is alive and young and will show the world the “way toward the future.” Describing himself as […]

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NEWS FEATURE/PROFILE: Pope Benedict XVI: Humility and the Man

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Seen through the gauzy lens of history, Joseph Ratzinger’s arrival in the world borders on the mystical. He was born the day before Easter, the second son of deeply religious parents named Joseph and Mary. Within four hours of his first breath, he had been baptized. Seventy-eight years later, […]

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