American cardinals named; Abortion opponents encouraged; and a new handwritten Bible in the works

The pope has named two American cardinals, reports Kristine Crane from the Vatican City in Wednesday’s RNS report: Pope Benedict XVI elevated two Americans to the status of cardinal Wednesday (Feb. 22), sending a message of encouragement and approval to U.S. bishops struggling to deal with an ongoing sex abuse crisis. In all, 15 new […]

Religious Opponents of Abortion Predict Supreme Court Shift

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ After years of disappointment with Supreme Court decisions on abortion, religious conservatives say they expect significant legal changes after the high court agreed Tuesday (Feb. 21) to consider the constitutionality of a federal law banning a controversial type of late-term abortion. “With two new judicial conservatives on the […]

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Pope Sends Message by Elevating Two Americans to Cardinal

c. 2006 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI elevated two Americans to the status of cardinal Wednesday (Feb. 22), sending a message of encouragement and approval to U.S. bishops trying to deal with an ongoing sex abuse crisis. In all, 15 new cardinals were named, including two from the United States: William […]

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COMMENTARY: The Vatican’s Worthy Call for Dialogue on Christian-Muslim History

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Amid the global uproar over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, a Vatican official has called for talks with Christian and Islamic scholars on the Crusades and the Muslim conquests of Europe. I wholeheartedly support the idea. In an interview with Religion News Service reporter Stacy Meichtry […]

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COMMENTARY: The Press Is Brave, Unless the Subject Is Islam

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If only the Danish cartoonists had drawn a picture of Dick Cheney shooting … Well, we have to be careful here, don’t we. The way things are today, one could get in trouble for describing a hypothetical, nonexistent drawing. The very mention of the sinful syllables “Danish cartoonists” is […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service U.S. Church Leaders Decry `Idolatrous’ War of `Terror’ in Iraq (RNS) U.S. church leaders attending a World Council of Churches Assembly have issued a written lament for not preventing a U.S war in Iraq that has brought “terror” to the vulnerable while enlisting God in a way that is “nothing […]

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Tutu says “all belong”

Quote of the Day: Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa “Jesus was quite serious when he said that God was our father, that we belonged all to one family, because in this family all, not some, are insiders. Bush, bin Laden, all belong, gay, lesbian, so-called straight-all belong and are loved, are precious.” -Retired […]

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Decision on tea; Ash Wednesday in the office

Kevin Eckstrom reports in Tuesday’s RNS report that the Supreme Court has ruled that a New Mexico sect may use hallucinogenic tea: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 21) unanimously upheld the right of a small sect in New Mexico to use hallucinogenic tea in its religious rituals. Writing in his first opinion in […]

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On Ash Wednesday, Some Employees Take Their Cross Back to Work

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) John Spink, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographer, often observes Ash Wednesday while shooting services for the newspaper. He usually sets aside his camera, walks to the altar and feels the sensation of a finger making the blackened image of a cross. Spink says he then returns to the office, sometimes […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service U.S. Church Leaders Decry `Idolatrous’ War of `Terror’ in Iraq (RNS) U.S. church leaders attending a World Council of Churches Assembly have issued a written lament for not preventing a U.S war in Iraq that has brought “terror” to the vulnerable while enlisting God in a way that is “nothing […]

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