Religion Year in Review: Death Loomed Large in 2005

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) They say death waits for no one and makes no appointments. There was little or no warning for the 1,000 people killed by Hurricane Katrina, the 70,000 dead in October’s Pakistan earthquake, or the 181,000 lives claimed by the Asian tsunami that hit in late 2004, overshadowing the dawn […]

Now Jewish Girls Have Their Very Own Little Heroines

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Miriam, 10, is a Russian Jewish girl who in 1914 has her entire life uprooted when her family decides to flee from persecution and pogroms to America. Reyna, 12, is Chinese, part of a small population of Chinese “Israelites,” who live in Kaifeng on the Yellow River. Through her […]

Rock Star’s Activism Inspires Muslims Worldwide

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) One of Salman Ahmad’s earliest gigs was a talent show at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was studying to be a doctor. Moments after he strummed his first chords, Islamic fundamentalists barged in, smashed Ahmad’s guitar and drum set, and broke up the show. Ahmad […]

COMMENTARY: 2005: A Year of Continued Religious Persecution

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Faith-based organizations and people of faith stepped up to the plate in record numbers in 2005. The Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast prompted millions of dollars in donations, thousands of volunteers, an unprecedented mobilization of food, shelter and medicine, and countless prayers lifted […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Says God Considers Embryo `Full and Complete’ Human Life VATICAN CITY (RNS) The embryo is a “full and complete” human being even though it is “shapeless,” Pope Benedict XVI said on Wednesday (Dec. 28), underscoring Roman Catholic teaching that regards abortion and the destruction of embryos for stem cell […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Calls for `Unity’ With Church of England, Accepts Ambassador VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (Dec. 23) accredited the first Catholic in centuries to serve as Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See and called for Rome and the Church of England to work toward “full visible unity.” […]


(Editor’s note: This December list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of November. Copyright 2005 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. Light From Heaven, by Jan Karon. (Viking, $26.95) 2. Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Women’s Soul, […]