RNS Daily Digest: Also transmitting in `a’ category

c. 2006 Religion News Service Vatican Official Calls for Boycott of `The Da Vinci Code’ Film ROME (RNS) The Vatican renewed its attack on “The Da Vinci Code” on Friday (April 28), with a high-ranking official calling Catholics to boycott a forthcoming film version of the runaway best-seller. Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation […]

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RNS Coverage Advisory: Also transmitting in `v’ category

c. 2006 Religion News Service SCHEDULED FOR RNS NEXT WEEK: RNS-JEWISH-GAYISSUES: Gay Issues Don’t Threaten Conservative Jews (UNDATED) When it comes to the questions of whether to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis and perform same-sex commitment ceremonies, Reform and Orthodox Jews know where their movements stand. Simply put, Reform Jews do both, Orthodox Jews do […]

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FILM REVIEW: Emotional Film Depicts Widows Surviving Hindu Backlash in 1938 India: Also transmitting

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The poignant import “Water” reflects on the plight of Indian widows. According to Hindu custom, women are not allowed to remarry after their husbands die. They are abandoned by their families to dwell in squalor in ashrams, where some of them are sold into prostitution. The film is set […]

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COMMENTARY: Darfur Genocide Draws Unusual Coalition to Sunday Rally

c. 2006 Newhouse News Service (UNDATED) It’s hard to know just what will be happening in Darfur on Sunday (April 30). We do know, from the reports of just about anybody in that western section of Sudan, that what was always a hideous situation is deteriorating, that the fighting and killing and raping is spreading […]

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BOOKS REVIEW: Holocaust Stories for Children Introduce Tough Topic

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Books for children about the Holocaust were once hard to find. Not anymore. In the past few years, several outstanding children’s books have been published about that nightmare period. They introduce a difficult subject well _ with respect, dignity and hope. Begin by reading “Hana’s Suitcase” (Whitman, $15.95) by […]

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RNS Religion Calendar

Note: Holidays that begin at sundown continue through sundown of the next day, unless otherwise noted. c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of religious holidays, events and meetings for May and June. It will be updated each month. April 20-May 2 Ridvan; begins at sundown and ends at sundown on […]

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Reviews: a film about Hindu widows and children’s books about the Holocaust

In Friday’s RNS report Lisa Rose reviews “Water,” a film that shows Hindu widows surviving religious backlash: In “Water,” Canadian director Deepa Mehta tells the story of three Hindu widows living in an Indian ashram, circa 1938. The widows, one of whom is 8 years old, are abandoned by their families and forbidden to remarry […]

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More abuse for sex abuse victim

Quote of the Day: The Rev. James Moran, Priestly Sex Abuse Victim (RNS) “My gut feeling is that I have been raped again.” -The Rev. James Moran, a Catholic whose priestly credentials were pulled six weeks before his retirement after he criticized church leaders for protecting abusers. The former chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Bishops’ Spokesman Says Media Distorted Sex Abuse Stories ROME (RNS) A spokesman for U.S. Catholic bishops accused the media on Thursday (April 27) of exaggerating their coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal, which he said was “past a point of crisis.” Speaking at a Rome conference aimed at improving […]

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SIDEBAR: Opus Dei Releases Film Depicting `Ordinary’ Members: Also transmitting in `e’ c

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Continuing a public relations blitz in anticipation of a negative portrayal in the movie “The Da Vinci Code,” Opus Dei has released its own film depicting the Catholic group in far more flattering terms. The 28-minute DVD documentary, “Passionately Loving the World: Ordinary Americans Living the Spirituality […]

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