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c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Preaches Christian Unity, Gives Four U.S. Archbishops Badge of Office VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday (June 29) he prays that his ministry as Roman Catholic pontiff will serve not as a “stumbling block” but as a “support” to the quest for Christian unity. The pope spoke […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Episcopalians, Canadians, Banned From Anglican Meetings Until 2008 (RNS) In sanctions narrowly approved Wednesday (June 22), the Episcopal Church and its Canadian counterpart were told they will not be welcome at an international panel that sets policy for the Anglican Communion. The Anglican Consultative Council, meeting in Nottingham, England, voted […]

Thou shalt not steal

John W. Styll, of the Gospel Music Association “The gospel music community joins the rest of the music industry in thanking the Supreme Court for its thoughtful, and we believe, correct decision. … Today, gospel music artists and everyone making its livelihood in our industry rests easier, knowing that we can continue to create uplifting […]

Thou shalt not steal

John W. Styll, of the Gospel Music Association “The gospel music community joins the rest of the music industry in thanking the Supreme Court for its thoughtful, and we believe, correct decision. … Today, gospel music artists and everyone making its livelihood in our industry rests easier, knowing that we can continue to create uplifting […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Unveils Digest of Church Teaching That He Prepared as a Cardinal VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday presented the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics with an authoritative digest of church teaching that he himself prepared before he was elected Roman Catholic pontiff. Benedict called the 205-page “Compendium of […]

Amid Closures, Catholic Schools Struggle to Find Ways to Improve

c. 2005 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ Here, where Cardinal Francis George has likened closing Catholic elementary schools to “closing a child’s world,” the influential cardinal has had to do just that, this year shuttering nearly two dozen. The closings, and the reasons behind them _ demographic shifts, declining enrollment and financial problems _ are […]

As Sainthood Campaign Opens, Aide Wants John Paul Beatified by August

c. 2005 Religion News Service ROME _ A solemn ceremony in Rome’s cathedral, accompanied by applause, tears and chanting, set Pope John Paul II on the road to sainthood with unprecedented speed Tuesday (June 28), less than three months after his death. The late pope’s longtime secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, said he hopes John Paul […]

COMMENTARY: A Primer on Patriotism, and its Potential Exploitation

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I learned about patriotism as a child. One teacher was my father, a World War Two veteran, who took time off every Election Day to help citizens vote. Even when our political views diverged, I grew up knowing that free expression was our right and questioning the government our […]

Supreme Court Rulings on Ten Commandments Leave Wake of Confusion

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court’s ambiguous, split decisions on Ten Commandments displays has left everyone from community activists to lawyers grappling over what happens next. One religious leader sees a legal opening to erect scores of new Ten Commandments monuments across the country while an atheist group says the […]

For Ambassador Tony Hall, Faith Is Key to Battling Hunger

c. 2005 Religion & Ethics Newsweekly ROME _ For more than 20 years, first as a member of Congress and now as a U.S. ambassador to United Nations humanitarian agencies in Rome, Tony Hall has made it his life mission to end hunger and poverty _ at home and abroad. It’s a mission fueled by […]