State School Teaches the Bible and Quran Without Endorsing Either

c. 2005 Religion News Service ATHENS, Ala. _ The Bible and the Quran are among textbooks used in religion classes offered at Athens State University, a public school. Some are surprised this could happen, illustrating the confusion many people, even some teachers, have over the role religion and religious books can legally have in the […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Decides to Open Financial Books to Public (RNS) In a move expected to inspire imitation far beyond Massachusetts, the Archdiocese of Boston has pledged to disclose all of its finances to the public next year, even if the state Legislature doesn’t require it. “During the first […]

Catholic Actor Portrays Pope John Paul II With Devotion

c. 2005 Religion News Service ROME _ Between takes, actor Jon Voight walked the movie set with a string of rosary beads laced between his fingers, occasionally raising his hand to make the Catholic sign of the cross at a captivated extra or onlooking nun. The cameras had stopped rolling, but Voight was still in […]

Rosa Parks, `Sent to Us by God’

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Rosa Louise Parks, a woman of faith whose soft-spoken refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus launched the civil rights movement, died Monday (Oct. 24) at age 92. The Tuskegee, Ala., native, who in 1999 received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, […]

Pakistan’s Acceptance of Earthquake Aid from Jewish Groups Gets Mixed Reviews

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Depending on whom you ask, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s agreement to accept earthquake relief from American Jews and Israel was either a diplomatic step forward in Muslim-Jewish relations or another setback in a thorny global relationship. While some see interfaith progress in the agreement, others take offense at Pakistan’s […]

The marketing power of the Christian community

Quote of the Day: Marketing Firm President A. Larry Ross “With 330,000 churches in America, it’s potentially the largest distribution network in the country and probably in the world.” -A. Larry Ross, president of a Dallas public relations and marketing firm, on the marketing power of the Christian community for recent religious films such as […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Cardinal: Issue of Divorced and Remarried Catholics Still Open VATICAN CITY (RNS) An influential Vatican cardinal says a rethinking of church policy on divorced and remarried Catholics is still possible, despite the findings of a worldwide synod of bishops. Cardinal Walter Kasper, who heads Vatican relations with other Christian churches, […]

Katrina and Rita Paralyze More Than 900 Congregations

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) More than 900 houses of worship on the Gulf Coast have been destroyed, seriously damaged or forced to suspend services by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, leaving many clergy without salaries. Interviews with more than a dozen faith leaders indicate hundreds more congregations had at least minimal damage. Even as […]

Catholic Actor Portrays Pope John Paul II With Devotion

c. 2005 Religion News Service ROME _ Between takes, actor Jon Voight walked the movie set with a string of rosary beads laced between his fingers, occasionally raising his hand to make the Catholic sign of the cross at a captivated extra or onlooking nun. The cameras had stopped rolling, but Voight was still in […]