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Quote of the Day: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas “So, how was your day?” House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, a few hours after he became the highest-ranking congressional leader to be indicted while in office. He made the comment Wednesday (Sept. 28) in Washington while giving a speech to supporters of the International […]

Hillel Building Boom Enhances Jewish Life on College Campuses

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) David Yaron belonged to a Jewish fraternity at Johns Hopkins University, but it wasn’t until the creation of the Hillel house that he felt a sense of pride and belonging with the campus’ broader Jewish community. The 16,000-square-foot complex built in the spring of 2004 is the central Jewish […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Serbian President Invites Pope to Visit Belgrade VATICAN CITY (RNS) Serbian President Boris Tadic met with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Sept. 29), expressing support for a papal visit to Belgrade. He also pressed the Vatican to back Serbia’s drive to take over the breakaway Kosovo province as its status […]

COMMENTARY: FEMA Needs to Change Dead Body `Blessing’ Policy

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s errors and blunders are by now well known, including those I personally witnessed in an early September visit to hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston’s Astrodome. But Newsweek magazine recently reported another, more hidden, problem, that FEMA requires chaplains to recite a blessing over the […]

New Pope’s First Synod Could Shape Papacy

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Back from his official vacation at the papal summer villa, Pope Benedict XVI convenes a worldwide assembly of bishops Sunday (Oct. 2) that many expect will set the contours of his young papacy. As the first assembly of bishops, or synod, of Benedict’s pontificate, the meeting will […]

“Unlikely Angel” discusses drugs and God

Quote of the Day: Former hostage Ashley Smith of Duluth, Ga. “If I did die, I wasn’t going to heaven and say, `Oh, excuse me, God. Let me wipe my nose, because I just did some drugs before I got here.’” -Ashley Smith of Duluth, Ga., a former hostage who reveals in her new book, […]

Vatican Rules Would Try to Prevent Gays From Entering Priesthood

Stacy Meichtry, RNS’ Vatican correspondent, reports on new rules that would bar gay men from Roman Catholic priesthood. Quotes: A Vatican official, speaking to RNS on the condition of anonymity because Vatican policy prohibits public discussion of internal matters, confirmed that a document containing the new regulations had been submitted to the pope for final […]

Palau Redefines Mass Evangelism With Party-Like Approach

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ When evangelist Luis Palau enters the main stage at his “DC Festival” on the National Mall Oct. 8-9, he won’t be the sole messenger of the gospel. Instead, he will continue a team effort his ministry has successfully established in other American cities, moving away from the centuries-old […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service U.S. Envoy Raises Alarm on Inflammatory Literature in Mosques (RNS) Karen Hughes, the U.S. undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, has raised concern about inflammatory literature reportedly found in American mosques. According to media reports on Hughes’ trip to Saudi Arabia this week, Hughes told a group of Saudi journalists […]

Gay Rights Advocates Say Vatican Can’t Stop Religious Momentum

c. 2005 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ The Vatican may be on the verge of delivering a stunning setback to homosexuals in the Catholic Church, but a ban on celibate gay seminarians cannot stop the momentum for gay and lesbian rights among the nation’s religious groups, advocates for change say. Members of a national interfaith […]