RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service John Paul II’s Road to Sainthood Reaches Marker With `Miracle’ Healing VATICAN CITY (RNS) The leading advocate for John Paul II’s sainthood has identified the mysterious recovery of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease as the potential miracle that could advance the late pope’s candidacy. In an interview with Italian […]

COMMENTARY: Israelis Warned Bush About Potential for Hamas Victory

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Hamas victory in the Palestinian election entitles Israeli leaders to one loud, long “I told you so.” Even as President Bush was pushing for early elections as part of his drive to democratize the Muslim Middle East _ and pouring some $2 million in cash into the campaign […]

Muslim Girls Hoop It Up in Hijabs

c. 2006 Religion News Service SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. _ Each afternoon before basketball practice, Hiba Hussain swaps her regular polyester Muslim head scarf for a cotton one. The cotton better absorbs sweat as she hustles down the court, scurries for rebounds and dives for loose balls. Hiba, 15, is a point guard for the state’s […]

God and taxes

Quote of the Day: University of Alabama Law Professor Susan Pace Hamill “Faith in Christ isn’t just about waiting for him to take you to the promised land at the end of time. It’s also about being his steward on Earth during your life until such time.” -Susan Pace Hamill, tax expert at the University […]

Muslim girls playing basketball; and Jewish girls assimilating

In Monday’s RNS report Jeff Diamant writes about a team of Muslim girls who play high school basketball. There are fewer than a half-dozen girls basketball teams at Islamic schools in the country: Each afternoon before basketball practice, Hiba Hussain swaps her regular polyester Muslim head scarf for a cotton one. The cotton better absorbs […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Giuliani Praises Evangelical Pastors for `Saving People’ (RNS) In the category of politics creating strange bedfellows, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told evangelical pastors that he appreciates their efforts at “saving people … and bringing them to Jesus.” Giuliani, a Roman Catholic who supports gay rights and abortion rights, […]

COMMENTARY: In Defense of a Once-Violent Tribe Depicted in Film

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Israel has thousands of articulate defenders, hence the many critical essays about Steven Spielberg’s characterization of Israeli agents in his new film, “Munich.” But the Waodani, the once-murderous South American tribe portrayed in “End of the Spear,” lack such international support. So let me offer a partial defense on […]

The `Chocolate Pope’s’ Love Affair With Cacao

c. 2006 Beliefnet (UNDATED) David Wolfe recalls eating his first fresh cacao bean _ the natural form of chocolate _ while visiting friends in Hawaii many years ago. “My friend said, `Have you eaten one of these?’ And as soon as I crunched into it, the cacao god downloaded me the truth about cacao beans […]