NEWS STORY: New Pope Prepares to Emerge from John Paul’s Shadow

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In death and in life, John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger have been inseparable. It took the death of his friend to show the world the human side of the longtime guardian of church orthodoxy, who moved to the forefront of papal contenders after giving an […]

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COMMENTARY: New Pope Can Unite Christian and Muslim Souls by Pointing to Jesus

c. 2005 Beliefnet (UNDATED) If he opens the door to Islam, Benedict XVI will foster the love for Jesus already within the Muslim soul. At the time of his death, Pope John Paul II was in the process of constructing a new global religious architecture that made space for the Roman Catholic Church to build […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Under Benedict, the New Buzzword Is “Relativism’’

c. 2005 Beliefnet (UNDATED) Just before he led the cardinals into sequester in the Sistine Chapel on Monday, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger laid down the theological gauntlet, calling upon the church to wield Jesus Christ as a shield against a “dictatorship of relativism.” He depicted the church as a “little boat of Christian thought” tossed by […]

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NEWS STORY: New Pope Electrifies Conservative U.S. Catholics

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ If conservative American Catholics had any reservations about who the next pope might be, those fears were largely put to rest when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday (April 19). Ratzinger, who policed Catholic doctrine for a quarter-century, is as orthodox as they come, […]

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NEWS PROFILE: Another Jackson Becomes a Voice for Black Churches

c. 2005 Religion News Service BELTSVILLE, Md. _ Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. has found himself in a wide range of settings across church and state since he unveiled his “Black Contract With America on Moral Values.” One day, the conservative minister is on stage with some of the nation’s top African-American thought leaders at […]

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COMMENTARY: The Right Wages Religious War Over Judiciary

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s a great convenience that judges wear black robes. For many GOP leaders and right-wing allies, it makes them really stand out as targets. The most enthusiastic sniper, of course, has been House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who may yet meet judges in their professional capacity. Ever since […]

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COMMENTARY: A Former Hitler Youth Member Is Poised to Advance Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When he came to the Vatican from his native Germany in 1981, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, soon became John Paul II’s closest theological colleague. But their elections to the papacy could not have been more different. When his fellow cardinals chose Karol Wojtyla of Poland in […]

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NEWS STORY: New Pope Maintains Vatican Hierarchy, at Least for Now

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI got down to Vatican business on Thursday (April 21) morning and did some personal business in the afternoon, returning to his old apartment to have photographs taken with friends and neighbors. Benedict returned Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of state, and his two top deputies […]

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Arabic Music Turning Heads in Tel Aviv’s Trendy Nightclubs

c. 2005 Religion News Service TEL AVIV, Israel _ The name of this central Tel Aviv bar comes from an American war hero in Iraq. The decor is punctuated with photographs of bearded Taliban men. The music fuses aggressive club rhythms with lilting Arabic melodies from the canon of Egyptian diva Umm Kulthum. Awkward concept? […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Conservative Groups Drop Boycott of Procter & Gamble (RNS) The American Family Association and other conservative Christian groups have dropped their boycott of Procter & Gamble, saying they believe the company is “backing off its support for the homosexual agenda.” The boycott began last fall and garnered almost 400,000 pledges […]

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