Keeping Mikvah: Many Jewish Women Still Immerse Themselves

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For many Jewish women, keeping mikvah _ immersing themselves in natural, flowing water _ is a private matter. Their husbands probably know when they leave home to visit a mikvah. Attendants may know if a woman immersed herself so completely that not a strand of her hair floated to […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service On Anniversary, New York Defender of the Poor Called `Future Saint’ NEW YORK (RNS) On the 25th anniversary of Dorothy Day’s death, the former New York Catholic and defender of the poor was called a 21st-century saint worthy of canonization. On Sunday (Nov. 27), Cardinal Edward Egan celebrated a Mass […]

Meaning of mikvah; Internet ban for Orthodox Jews

Nancy Haught writes in Monday’s RNS report on the practice of keeping mikvah, in which Jewish women immerse themselves in a ritual bath: For many Jewish women, keeping mikvah-immersing themselves in natural, flowing water-is a private matter. Their husbands probably know when they leave home to visit a mikvah. Attendants may know if a woman […]

Pet Chaplains Help Grieve Losses of Man’s Best Friends

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When her cocker spaniel died last June, Pam Carpenter was devastated. Niki was the family clown. Abused as a puppy, he thrived after Carpenter adopted him and wielded control over her husband, Don, and their seven other dogs on their North Carolina farm. So when chronic bronchitis meant Niki […]

NEWS STORY: Religious Freedom Activists Praise Bush’s China Focus

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Human rights activists on Monday (Nov. 21) praised President Bush’s call for religious freedom during his recent visit to China, but said the Communist government’s apparent unwillingness to make concessions is discouraging. The topic came to the foreground during the president’s week-long diplomatic swing through East Asia, which ended […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Progressive Church Leaders Warn Bush, Congress on Budget Cuts WASHINGTON (RNS) Citing an “obscene” 2006 federal budget that hurts the poor, progressive church leaders warned Monday (Nov. 21) that President Bush and Republicans will pay a price at the polls next November. A bill that includes $50 billion in spending […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Progressive Church Leaders Warn Bush, Congress on Budget Cuts WASHINGTON (RNS) Citing an “obscene” 2006 federal budget that hurts the poor, progressive church leaders warned Monday (Nov. 21) that President Bush and Republicans will pay a price at the polls next November. A bill that includes $50 billion in spending […]

COMMENTARY: Faith an Important Weapon in Battling AIDS

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If ever faith was needed, it is in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As Monday’s (Nov. 21) release of more daunting statistics by the World Health Organization and a United Nations program on HIV/AIDS illustrates, the pandemic continues to thrive, especially among the poorest and most marginalized people in the […]

COMMENTARY: Faith an Important Weapon in Battling AIDS

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If ever faith was needed, it is in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As Monday’s (Nov. 21) release of more daunting statistics by the World Health Organization and a United Nations program on HIV/AIDS illustrates, the pandemic continues to thrive, especially among the poorest and most marginalized people in the […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Cardinal Warns Parents About Giving Wireless Devices as Christmas Gifts WASHINGTON (RNS) A leading Catholic cardinal is warning Catholic parents to be careful when buying iPods and other wireless devices as Christmas gifts because they could be used by minors to access pornography. Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, who co-chairs […]