BOOK REVIEW: Book Reveals John Paul as Basic Guy

c. 2005 Religion News Service (Raymond A. Schroth, a Jesuit priest who teaches at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., wrote this review for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.) (UNDATED) Since his funeral on April 8, three interpretations have emerged of Pope John Paul II and his career. In the first he is John […]

NEWS STORY: Christian Artists to Join Muslim Artists in Morocco

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Contemporary Christian artists and Moroccan musicians are making plans to share the stage at a three-day festival in Marrakech in May, with the goal of building bridges between evangelicals and Muslims. “The Friendship Fest,” scheduled for May 6-8, is the result of meetings last year between evangelical Christian and […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Methodists Name Panel to Probe Abuse Allegations at Congo Hostel (RNS) A three-member panel has been appointed by the United Methodist Church to probe decades-old allegations of child abuse at a hostel for missionary children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, church officials said. Retired Mississippi Bishop Marshall Meadors […]

NEWS STORY: `Justice Sunday’ Raises the Ire of Both the Left and Right

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, president of Chicago Theological Seminary, tuned in to the much-publicized “Justice Sunday” national broadcast on Sunday (April 24) night and found herself “shocked” by the efforts of evangelical leaders to rally support for President Bush’s judicial nominees. “I think this is a major […]

NEWS STORY: Pope Thanks Cardinals, Vows `Simplicity and Willingness’

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Putting formality aside, Pope Benedict XVI gave warm thanks on Friday (April 22) to the cardinals who elected him pope, and vowed to conduct his papacy “with simplicity and willingness.” As Benedict prepares to be formally installed as the 265th pope on Sunday, Jewish leaders welcomed an […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Conservatives Vow Not to `Follow’ Episcopal Church (RNS) Conservative Episcopalians have drafted nine-point “covenants” for bishops, priests and parishioners to promise “I will not follow” if the Episcopal Church strays from the wider Anglican Communion. The three “Windsor Action Covenants” were drafted by the Atlanta-based American Anglican Council and approved […]