RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Leaders of Struggling Holiness Tradition Issue `Manifesto’ ASUZA, Calif. (RNS) National leaders from 10 denominations have released a “Holiness Manifesto,” pledging to get back to the basics of their historical roots _ the Holiness tradition _ to recover their zeal, overcome lagging attendance and increase their influence in society. The […]

Bush Promises to Help Christian Convert on Trial for Rejecting Islam

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) President Bush warned Afghanistan Wednesday (March 22) that he expected the conservative Muslim country to “honor the universal principle of freedom” in the case of Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old Afghan who faces the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity. “I’m troubled when I hear _ deeply troubled […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Pope Drops Centuries-Old Title `Patriarch of the West’ VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a departure from more than 1,300 years of papal tradition, Pope Benedict XVI is no longer going by the title “patriarch of the West.” In a move aimed at clarifying his job description, the Vatican announced Wednesday (March […]

Southern Baptist Mission Board Drops Effort to Remove Critical Member

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A Southern Baptist board voted unanimously Wednesday (March 22) to drop its effort to oust a fellow trustee who had defended the right of missionaries to speak in tongues and had taken his case to the Internet. The move by the International Mission Board, meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., […]

Former Gaza Settlers Feel Abandoned on the Roadside

c. 2006 Religion News Service YAD MORDECHAI, Israel _ The row of tents that includes Yossi Levy’s temporary refuge is a roadside blur to those driving north of the Gaza Strip. The tent city, pitched in the shadow of a gas station in August after residents were evicted from a settlement three miles away, was […]

`Munich’ Film, World Events Show Nature of Revenge

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the movie “Munich,” Steven Spielberg tells the story of five covert hit men, recruited to avenge the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists during the Olympic Games in 1972. The film has been controversial because, blending fact and fiction, the avengers wrestle with the ethics […]

O’Malley goes from Archbishop to Cardinal

Quote of the Day: Catholic Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston “It’s unlikely that I will experience a bloody persecution, but there’s always more subtle forms of persecution that people have to endure for their beliefs and to be able to witness to the Gospel. … And certainly one of them is to be ridiculed.” -Boston […]

Ex-Gaza settlers; and the nature of revenge

Ex-Gaza settlers feel abandoned on the roadside, according to a story by Joshua Mitnick in Wednesday’s RNS report: The row of tents is a roadside blur to those driving north of the Gaza Strip. The tent city’s 80 inhabitants were among 8,200 Jewish settlers removed from the Gaza Strip last August. That they have been […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Descendant of Jonathan Edwards May Face Gay Wedding Trial (RNS) A Presbyterian minister who is a distant relative of famed Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards could face a church trial on charges that she officiated at a wedding for two women. No formal charges have yet been filed against the Rev. […]